(NASHVILLE, TN), June 17, 2011 –State Senator Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) and Senator Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) announced today that eight Rutherford County arts organizations will receive a combined total of $67,850 in grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission. The organizations include Kids for the Creative Arts, Youth Empowerment Through Arts and Humanities, Children’s Museum Corporation of Rutherford County, Tennessee Opportunity Programs, Main Street Murfreesboro, International Folkloric Society Planning Council, Tennessee Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and Center for the Arts will receive grants for the fiscal year 2012 which extends from July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012.
“I am delighted that the Tennessee Arts Commission allocated grant money for these worthy efforts in our area,” said Senator Tracy. “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 state funds by the General Assembly, federal dollars from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by Tennesseans who buy specialty license plates. The Commission will award over 950 community grants through the 2012 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 Art’s Commission’s matching 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 purchase collegiate/university, personalized , and specialty motor vehicle license plates.
“I am very proud of the arts organizations we have in Rutherford County,” added Senator Ketron. “I hope these funds will help them in providing their services to area citizens during the coming year.”