State Representative Tim Rudd (R-Murfreesboro) today announced that the Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC) has awarded five grants totaling $28,790 to organizations within Rutherford County for the 2020 fiscal year.
The monies are allocated based upon recommendations made by citizen advisory panels comprised of Tennesseans with expertise in the appropriate arts disciplines, as well as a review conducted by the full 15-member Arts Commission.
They are the first in a series of awards that will be made by the TAC. Amounts and recipients in House District 34 include:
• $4,540 for Children's Museum Corporation of Rutherford County
• $5,900 for Ethos Youth Ensembles/Murfreesboro Youth Orchestra
• $5,000 for Kimberly Dummons
• $5,970 for Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival
• $7,380 for Tennessee Association of Dance
"I am honored to announce these strong investments for Rutherford County's arts programs and facilities," said Representative Rudd. "Our local arts programs help increase tourism while promoting education and increasing our quality of life. I applaud our local leaders for securing this important funding as it will help our future leaders grow to value the arts."
"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 for the Tennessee Arts Commission. "The arts are a vital tool for attraction and retention of businesses, and help build stronger communities by enhancing the distinctive character of Tennessee places."
According to Pope, the Commission will award approximately 1000 grants during FY2020, totaling more than $6.5 million dollars. These funds have a direct impact on communities across Tennessee, in both urban and rural areas. Grant categories include Arts Access, Arts Education, Arts Project Support, Creative Placemaking, Partnership Support, Individual Artist Fellowships, Major Cultural Institutions, Cultural Education Partnership and Rural Arts Partnership.
The Commission's allocations process involves a review by citizen advisory panels made up of Tennesseans with expertise in appropriate arts disciplines and a review by the full 15-member Commission.
Other grant opportunities are offered throughout the year with rolling deadlines for qualifying organizations and individuals. They include Arts Build Communities grants, Arts Education Teacher Incentives, Student Ticket Subsidy, Technical Assistance support, Special Opportunities, Touring grants, and Professional Development support. Additional information on grant programs offered by the Commission is available at tnartscommission.org.
The Commission is the state arts agency whose mission is to cultivate the arts for the benefit of all Tennesseans and their communities.
Tim Rudd represents House District 34. He is the chairman of the Elections & Campaign Finance Subcommittee. Representative Rudd also serves on the Insurance Committee, the Local Committee, and the Property & Casualty Subcommittee.