NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Sen. Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City) announced today that 10 organizations in District 3 will receive $125,500 in grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission. The grants were awarded after being reviewed by citizen advisory panels made up of Tennesseans with expertise in appropriate disciplines and a final review by the full commission.
“This is tremendous news for District 3,” said Crowe. “This investment in arts and culture offers all of us an enhanced quality of life, provides our children with a more complete education, stimulates economic development and helps attract tourists to our state.”
The grants were awarded to Art Transformations, Artlandia, Inc., the Elizabethton Arts and Cultural Alliance, East Tennessee State University’s Slocumb Galleries, the First Tennessee Development District, the Friends of Rocky Fork, the Johnson City Symphony, the National Storytelling Association, the Town of Jonesborough and the Umoja Unity Committee, Inc.
The organizations will use the grants for a wide variety of projects such as after school art programs for at-risk students, a sculpture in Veteran’s Park, outdoor art updates to downtown Elizabethton, a radio show of community stories and more.
The grants will also support to the “TeN: Art Constellations from the West to Northeast” exhibit, the annual Upper East Tennessee Fiddler’s Convention, Johnson City Symphony concerts, an annual festival celebrating the contributions of African Americans to art and operating support for other arts projects and programs.
“Congratulations to all of the organizations who secured these funds. I look forward to seeing the many ways our community benefits from their efforts,” added Crowe.