(NASHVILLE, TN), June 23, 2011 –State Senator Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) and Representative John Ragan (R-Oak Ridge) announced today that seven Anderson County arts organizations will receive a combined total of $109,850 in grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission. The organizations receiving grants include Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge, Tennessee Mountain Writers, Museum of Appalachia, Appalachia Arts Craft Center, Oak Ridge Community Playhouse, Oak Ridge Civic Music Association, and Oak Ridge Community Art Center.
“I am delighted that the Tennessee Arts Commission allocated grant money for these worthy efforts in our area,” said Senator McNally. “These grants will be used to promote the arts in our community.”
The Tennessee Arts Commission’s matching grants are made possible primarily through the sale of collegiate/university, personalized, and specialty motor vehicle license plates.
The Commission also receives funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Commission will award over 950 community grants through the 2012 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.
“I am very proud of the arts organizations we have in Anderson County,” added Representative Ragan. “I hope these funds will help them in providing their services to area citizens during the coming year.”
Representative Keisling concluded, “It is an honor to represent an area with such a diverse arts history. I appreciate the efforts of these organizations to educate citizens about the unique heritage of Anderson County.”