(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — State Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) announced today that five arts grants have been awarded in Germantown from the Tennessee Arts Commission with a combined total of $60,340. The 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 buy specialty license plates.
“This is great news for these arts organizations,” said Senator Kelsey. “Germantown fared very well in these grants, and I am very pleased these funds will be available to promote the arts in our community.”
The Tennessee Shakespeare Company received a grant for $4,500 in the category of Arts Education – Community Learning and $5,800 in the category of Art Partnership Support. Other grants awarded in the category of Partnership Support are $1,940 to the Germantown Arts Alliance, $21,000 to the Germantown Community Theatre and $27,100 to the Germantown Performing Arts Center.
“Tennessee is very fortunate to have elected leaders who support our communities through investments in arts and cultural assets,” said Anne B. Pope, Executive Director of the Tennessee Arts Commission.
The Arts Commission will award approximately 1,000 community grants in both urban and rural areas through the 2016 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 Commission.