State Senators Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) and Shane Reeves (R-Murfreesboro) announced Thursday that 11 organizations in Rutherford County will receive a combined $76,350 in grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission. These grants were allocated after being reviewed by citizen advisory panels made up of Tennesseans with expertise in appropriate disciplines and a final review by the full Arts Commission.
The organizations benefiting from the grants include Generation for Creation, Center for the Arts, Inc., Children's Museum Corporation of Rutherford County, Ethos Youth Ensembles/Murfreesboro Youth Orchestra, Kids for the Creative Arts, Inc., Main Street: Murfreesboro/Rutherford County, Inc., Middle Tennessee Choral Society, Tennessee Association of Dance The Tennessee Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra benefiting the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra, International Folkloric Society, Generation for Creation, and Middle Tennessee State University.
"Congratulations to all of the organizations receiving these grants," said Senator Ketron. "By giving our residents a chance to experience art and culture, these grants are an investment in the future of our community and state."
"These funds are very important to our arts organizations and benefit many citizens in Rutherford County," added Sen. Reeves. "This investment in arts and culture offers all of us an enhanced quality of life, provides our children with a more complete education, stimulates economic development and helps attract tourists to our community."
"Tennessee is fortunate to have elected leaders who understand the positive impact the arts and culture have on Tennesseans and their communities," said Anne B. Pope, Executive Director of the Tennessee Arts Commission. "The arts are a vital tool for attraction and retention of business, and help build stronger communities by enhancing the distinctive character of Tennessee places."
According to Pope, the Commission will award approximately 1000 grants during the 2019 fiscal year, totaling more than $5.5 million dollars.