Grant awards to local organizations announced for Hamilton County

June 29, 2009

Grant awards to local organizations announced for
Hamilton County

(June 29, 2009, NASHVILLE) – Senator Bo Watson (R-Hixson) and Representative Richard Floyd (R-Chattanooga) have released the list of grant award recipients from the Tennessee Arts Commission for 2010 in the 27th House District and the 11th Senate District. These include: Ballet Tennessee, Choral Arts of Chattanooga, and TN Presenters Corporation.

In announcing the awards, Senator Watson and Representative Floyd emphasized the contributions the arts make to the quality of life in Tennessee communities. Representative Floyd said, “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 by Tennesseans who purchased specialty and collegiate license plates. We applaud those Tennesseans
who have supported the arts through the years, because it has had a positive impact on our community.”

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

According to McClamroch, the Commission will award over 850 grants during 2010, totaling more than $7.6 million. These funds have a direct impact on communities across Tennessee, in both urban and rural areas. The Commissions allocation process involves a review by citizen advisory panels made up of Tennesseans with expertise in appropriate art disciplines and a review and final approval by the full 15-member Tennessee Arts Commission.

“The arts do have a positive impact on the community, and the effects trickle down into a better education, more focus at school for our students, and make
our communities exciting,” said Senator Watson.

Additional information on grant programs offered by the Tennessee Arts Commission is available at arts.state.tn.us.

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