Sen. Overbey announces Local Arts Grants

July 8, 2009

Sen. Overbey announces Local Arts Grants

(NASHVILLE, TN), July 8, 2009 Local State Senator Doug Overbey (R- Maryville)announced today that several arts organizations in Blount and Sevier Counties, which he represents in Senate District 8, will receive grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission.  The grants include $5,100 to the William Blount High School, $3,500 to Mary Blount Elementary, $4,400 to the Gatlinburg Gateway Foundation, $5,000 to Damon McIntyre and $49,000 to the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts..

“I am delighted that the Tennessee Arts Commission allocated grant money for these worthy arts efforts in our area,” said Sen. Overbey.  “These grants will be used to promote the arts in our communities.”

The Tennessee Art’s Commission’s matching grants are made possible through an appropriation of funds by the General Assembly, federal dollars from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by Tennesseans who buy specialty license plates. The Tennessee Arts Commission will award over 850 community grants for the 2010 fiscal year, totaling $7.6 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.

“These funds enable us to promote the arts so that it will be part of the heritage for future generations of Tennesseans,” added Overbey.

Senator Overbey is Chairman of the Legislature’s Arts Caucus Additional information is available at www.arts.state.tn.us.

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