State Senators Dawn White (R-Murfreesboro) and Shane Reeves (R-Murfreesboro) announced today that 13 organizations in Rutherford County will receive a combined $106,850 in grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission. The grants are distributed by the Tennessee Arts Commission after being recommended by an expert citizen advisory panel and awarded by the full 15-member commission.
The organizations benefiting from the grants include: Carpe Artista; Center for the Arts; Children's Museum of Rutherford County; Ethos Youth Ensembles / Murfreesboro Youth Orchestra; Generation for Creation; International Folkloric Society Planning Council; Kids for Creative Arts; Main Street: Murfreesboro / Rutherford County; Middle Tennessee Choral Society; Middle Tennessee Choral Society; Middle Tennessee State University; Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival; Tennessee Association of Dance; and Tennessee Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra / Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Kimberly Dummons will receive an Individual Art Fellowship Grant.
"Congratulations to all of the organizations receiving these grants," said Senator White. "We have many worthy non-profit organizations which provide local citizens with tremendous opportunities to learn and enjoy the arts. Rutherford County is very blessed to receive these funds."
"The arts have a positive impact on our community and the effects certainly trickle down: the creative thinking skills of students are improved, our local culture is communicated through various mediums, and the community's beauty is enhanced for our residents and visitors," added Senator Reeves. "I am very pleased these grants will be coming to Rutherford County."
The Center for the Arts received a major grant of $22,180 in the category of partnership support. This grant provides second tier operation support for qualified arts organizations chartered in Tennessee with budgets less than $1 million annually. The organization received a second grant totaling $3,800 for Arts Education-Community Learning, which goes to support projects that demonstrate creative and innovative arts education programming.
The lawmakers said this is the first series of grants that will be made throughout the 2020 fiscal year. The Commission will award over 1,000 community grants through the 2010-2020 fiscal year, totaling $6.5 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.
"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."