Rep. Clemmons Announces TN Arts Commission Grants

State Rep. John Ray Clemmons Announces 2015-2016 Tennessee Arts Commission Grants for District 55 Non-Profits

July 2, 2015

State Representative John Ray Clemmons, representing the 55th District, has released a list of grant award recipients from the Tennessee Arts Commission for Fiscal Year 2016 (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016) in District 55. This is the first of a series of grants that will be made throughout FY2016. 
The District 55 non-profits receiving grants include:  Belcourt Theatre; Nashville Ballet; Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville; Nashville Opera Association; Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park; Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra; Actors Bridge Ensemble Theatre of Nashville, Inc.; Global Education Center; Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation; Kayla Danielle Rowser; and, Metro Parks and Recreation.
“I am very pleased to announce these investments in Nashville’s non-profit organizations and schools for arts programming,” said Representative Clemmons. “Arts and culture make Nashville great, and these grants will positively impact our community, including improving quality of life, adding to our local economy and helping to provide a more balanced education for our children.”
“Tennessee is very fortunate to have elected leaders who support our communities through investments in arts and cultural assets,” said Anne B. Pope, Executive Director of the Tennessee Arts Commission. 
According to Ms. Pope, the Tennessee Arts Commission will award approximately 1000 grants during Fiscal Year 2016, totaling more than $5.3 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, 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 Tennessee Arts Commission.
Other grant opportunities are offered throughout the year with rolling deadlines for qualifying organizations and individuals. They include grants for Arts Build Communities, Arts Education Teacher Incentives, Student Ticket Subsidy, Technical Assistance, Special Opportunities and Professional Development. Additional information on grant programs offered by the Tennessee Arts Commission is available at 
The Tennessee Arts Commission is the state arts agency whose mission is to cultivate the arts for the benefit of all Tennesseans and their communities. 
See original press release HERE.