(NASHVILLE, TN), June 23, 2011 –State Senator Ken Yager (R-Harriman) and Representative Julia Hurley (R-Lenoir City) announced today that the Roane Choral Society will receive a $3,300 grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission. The award was given in the category of “Rural Support for the Arts” and applies to the 2011-2012 fiscal year which begins in July.
“The Roane Choral Society has been a rich part of our county’s artistic heritage for many years,” said Senator Yager. “This money is very important to their efforts and I am delighted it has been awarded.”
Rep. Hurley stated, “I am honored that the Roane Choral Society was awarded a $,3,300 grant to continue contributing to the future of the Arts in Roane County and thank the Art Commission for their confidence in my district.”
“This state is indeed fortunate to have elected leaders who support the work of the Arts Commission in building better communities through the arts,” said Ellen M. Hays, chair of the Tennessee Arts Commission.
The Tennessee Arts Commission’s matching grants are mostly made possible through proceeds from the purchase of collegiate/university, personalized, and specialty motor vehicle license plates; but is also assisted by federal dollars 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.