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State Sen. Jamie Woodson announces arts grants

• State Sen. Jamie Woodson of Knoxville representing Senate District 6 has released the list of grant award recipients from the Tennessee Arts Commission for Fiscal Year 2008 (July 1, 2007-June 30, 2008) in her senatorial district. Organizations receiving grants are: Actors Co-op, Inc. - $3,250 and $6,600, East Tennessee Technology Access Center, Inc. - $2,190, Knoxville Wind Symphony - $1,500 and Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble - $14,500. In announcing the awards, Woodson emphasized the contributions the arts make to the quality of life in Tennessee communities. The senator said, “The Tennessee Arts Commission’s matching grants are made possible through an appropriation of state funds by the Tennessee General Assembly, federal dollars from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by Tennesseans who purchased specialty and collegiate license plates.”

“This state is indeed fortunate to have elected leaders who support the work of the Tennessee Arts Commission in building better communities through the arts,” said Ed Gerace, incoming chair of the Tennessee Arts Commission.

According to Gerace, the Commission will award more than 850 grants during Fiscal Year 2008, 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 Build Communities, Arts: Advancement and Expansion, Arts Education, Arts Project Support, General Operating Support, Individual Artist Fellowships, Major Cultural Institution, Rural Arts Project Support, Student Ticket Subsidy, Technical Assistance, Touring, Special Opportunities, and Professional Development Support.

The Commission’s allocation 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.

“We were pleased with the amount of funding available to our grantees, and we are so grateful to Governor [Phil] Bredesen and the General Assembly for recognizing the importance of the arts to all Tennesseans,” said Gerace.

Gerace also said, “$4.7 million of the Commission’s grant funding is made possible through the sale of specialty and collegiate plates which Tennesseans voluntarily purchase each year.”

The Tennessee Arts Commission is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences that add value to the lives of every citizen, and enhance the quality of life in Tennessee communities.

Additional information on grant programs offered by the Tennessee Arts Commission is available at:


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