Senator Overbey announces $43,850 in Arts Grants for Blount and Sevier Counties

(NASHVILLE, TN) — State Senator Doug Overbey (R-Maryville) announced today seven arts grants have been awarded in Blount and Sevier Counties from the Tennessee Arts Commission with a combined total of $50,610.  Senator Overbey serves as the Chairman of the Arts Caucus in the Tennessee General Assembly.

“The arts are a very important part of Tennessee’s rich culture,” said Senator Overbey.  “The arts touch every Tennessean in some way, whether it is country music, pottery, folk art or the Opera.  We must make efforts to pass along this heritage to the next generation by preserving the wide-range of the arts available in Tennessee.”The Commission will award over 900 community grants through the 2014 fiscal year, totaling $5.3 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 grants include a $3,300 for Prospect Elementary School in the category of Art Education / Artist in Residence; $2,900 for Porter Elementary School in the category of Art Education / Artist in Residence; $2,600 for two grants for the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in the categories of Arts Education / Community Learning and Art Project Support; $2,050 for the Gatlinburg Gateway Foundation in the category of Arts Project Support; $5,000 to the Appalachian Ballet Company in the category of Arts Project Support; and $28,000 to the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in the category of Cultural Education Partnership.

Rhea Condra, incoming chair of the Commission said, “This state is indeed fortunate to have elected leaders who support the work of the Tennessee Arts Commission in building better communities through the arts.”

The Tennessee Arts Commission’s matching grants are made possible through an appropriation of state funds by the General Assembly, federal dollars from the National Endowment for the Arts, and Tennesseans who buy specialty license plates.  The Commission’s allocations process involves a review by citizen advisory panels made up of Tennesseans with expertise in appropriate arts disciplines and a review by the full 15-member Tennessee Arts Commission.

“I am very pleased these grant have been awarded to our local arts organizations and schools,” said Senator Overbey.  “I know it will be put to good use in preserving our cultural heritage for future generations.  I hope we will continue to see many arts grant awards in Blount and Sevier Counties.  I urge local arts organizations to apply for these funds and hope to see many more grants awarded next year.”

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