Senator McNally announces arts grants for Monroe County

(NASHVILLE, TN), June 29, 2010 – State Randy McNally (R- Oak Ridge) announced today that three Monroe County arts organizations will receive a combined $19,500 in grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission.  The organizations include the Fort Loudoun Association, Monroe Area Council for the Arts, Museum of Cherokee Indian Sequoyah Birthplace Museum.  Also included in the grants is the Sweetwater City School System which received an Arts Education / Artist in Residence grant.

“We are delighted that the Tennessee Arts Commission allocated grant money for these worthy arts efforts in our area,” said Senator McNally.  “These grants will be used to promote the arts in our community.”

The Tennessee Arts 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 2011 fiscal year, totaling $7.3 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 Tennessee Arts Commission.

The Tennessee Arts Commission is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences, ensure the citizens of Tennessee have access to and participate in the arts.  Additional information is available at www.arts.state.tn.us.

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