State Senators welcome $512,160 in art grants to Knox County

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lt. Governor Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) and State Senators Richard Briggs (R-Knoxville) and Becky Massey (R-Knoxville) announced today that Knox County has been awarded $512,160 in grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission. These grants benefit organizations in the categories of project grants, arts education grants and operating support grants.

“Congratulations to the many organizations receiving these grants,” said Lt. Governor McNally. “This investment in Knoxville provides our children with a more complete education, stimulates economic development and helps attract tourists to our state.”

“I hope these organizations make the most of the opportunities created by this funding in the upcoming year,” said Senator Briggs. “The dedication of these organizations to arts, creativity and culture enhances our community, and I am proud to join them in calling Knoxville home.”

“We thank the Tennessee Arts Commission for its investment in our community,” said Senator Massey. “Arts programs are important to Knoxville’s cultural, economic and educational development. These grants will help continue the promoting the community’s rich heritage.”

Twenty-five organizations will receive these grants. Major grants include $75,100 to the Knoxville Museum of Art, $73,000 to the Knoxville Opera, $74,830 to the Arts and Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville, $69,200 to the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, $31,000 to the Joy of Music Youth Music School, $28,000 to WDVX Radio, $26,100 to Dogwood Arts, $20,640 to the Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation and $19,950 to the Community School of the Arts.

“Tennessee is fortunate to have elected leaders who support how these investments positively impact and help define our state’s arts and cultural assets, said Anne B. Pope, Executive Director of the Tennessee Arts Commission. “The arts can instill value in a place economically, aesthetically and culturally.”

These grants were allocated after being reviewed by citizen advisory panels made up of Tennesseans with expertise in appropriate disciplines and a final review by the full Arts Commission. The Arts Commission will award approximately 1,000 grants during fiscal year 2018, totaling more than $5.5 million.


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