NASHVILLE, Tenn. — State Senator Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City) today announced that $83,100 in arts grants have been awarded to organizations in Washington County. The grants are distributed by the Tennessee Arts Commission 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.
“My thanks to the Tennessee Art Commission and its Executive Director Anne Pope for their decision to award these grants,” said Senator Crowe. “The arts are extremely important to our communities, especially in terms of education, economic development and cultural development. Washington County fared very well with these grants and I am sure the recipients will put the funds to good use in promoting our cultural heritage and the arts.”
Recipients of the grants include the International Storytelling Center for $68,000 in the category of Major Cultural Institutions and the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra for $11,500 in the category of Partnership Support. In addition, two grants were awarded to East Tennessee State University with a combined total of $3,600 in the categories of Arts Education-Community Learning and Arts Project Support.
“Tennessee is very fortunate to have elected leaders who support the investments in arts and cultural assets that benefit our communities and schools,” said Pope.
According to Pope, 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.