(NASHVILLE, TN), June 29, 2010 – State Randy McNally (R- Oak Ridge) announced today that seven Anderson County arts organizations will receive a combined $108,780 in grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission. The organizations include the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge, Museum of Appalachia, Inc., Appalachian Arts Craft Center, Tennessee Mountain Writers, Inc., Oak Ridge Community Art Center, Oak Ridge Civic Music Association, and Oak Ridge Community Playhouse.
“We are delighted that the Tennessee Arts Commission allocated grant money for these worthy arts efforts in our area,” said Senator McNally. “These grants will be used to promote the arts in our community.”
The Tennessee Art’s Commission’s matching grants are made possible through an appropriation of funds by the General Assembly, federal dollars from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by Tennesseans who buy specialty license plates. The Tennessee Arts Commission will award over 850 community grants for the 2011 fiscal year, totaling $7.3 million. The allocation process involves a review by citizen advisory panels made up of Tennesseans with expertise in appropriate disciplines and a final review by the full 15-member Tennessee Arts Commission.
The Tennessee Arts Commission is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences, ensure the citizens of Tennessee have access to and participate in the arts. Additional information is available at www.arts.state.tn.us.