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FY17 ABC Grant Program Impact Across Tennessee

By Shannon Ford, Director of Community Arts Development – This past year, 13 arts councils and development districts worked with the Tennessee Arts Commission to award 167 Arts Build Community (ABC) Grants in FY2017. The awarded grants totaled approximately $299,000 and resulted in an additional

Physical Activities Through The Arts: TN Health Dept. Grants Up To $85k

By Carol White, Associate Director of Operations – Heads up, local arts councils, creative placemakers, public arts groups and dance organizations, the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) has announced the availability of $900,000 for grants up to $85,000 each to “increase access to safe, tobacco-free

Small Town Vibrancy Awakening

By Whitney Kimball Coe – I am an arts ambassador for my hometown of Athens, Tennessee, a small city of about 13,000 residents situated in the folds of the Tennessee Valley. We are 52 miles south of Knoxville, which has recently emerged as a powerhouse

FY18 Creative Placemaking Awards Go To 16 Recipients

By Shannon Ford, Director of Community Arts Development – The FY 2018 Creative Placemaking competition has awarded 16 recipients that include organizations, cities and local governments. In creative placemaking, partners from public, private, nonprofit and community sectors strategically shape the physical and social character of

New art program lets kindness rock Clarksville

By Ellen Kanervo, Executive Director, Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council – Clarksville‘s children, along with a fair number of adults, are adding to the city’s public art inventory—one rock at a time. And they are engaging in random acts of kindness as they offer others the

Site Sought for Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit & Knowledge Exchange

By Mollie Quinlan-Hayes, Deputy Director and Accessibility Coordinator, ArtsReady Director, South Arts – South Arts and The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking seek a partner site to present the Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit & Knowledge Exchange, a two-day convening in South Arts’ region in March 2018. This regional convening will

Arts & Culture Alliance Announces Arts Build Communities Grants

By Suzanne Cada, Deputy Director, Knoxville Arts & Culture Alliance – The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville is pleased to announce awards of 26 Arts Build Communities (ABC) grants for art projects from non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations located within the following seven East Tennessee counties:

Final Brush Strokes Complete the Commemorative Columbia Fire Mural

City of Columbia finishes mural with assistance from partner funding agency Tennessee Arts Commission By Thad H. Jablonski, Finance Director/Assistant City Manager, Columbia, TN – Muralist Michael T. Colley completed the first side of the stunning new 2017 Columbia Public Mural Project as he brushed the

DRA Offers Funding to Strengthen Local Economies through Arts and Culture

 Delta Regional Authority Offers Funding and Technical Assistance to Strengthen Local Economies through Arts and Culture Creative Placemaking Initiative Supports Community Development By Andrew Moreau, Delta Regional Authority – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA), in partnership with leading national arts and government organizations, has announced the

ABC Grant Applications Due June 30

By Shannon Ford, Director of Community Arts Development – June 30, 2017, is the deadline for nonprofit organizations and local governments to submit an Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant application for eligible FY2018 arts and cultural activities. ABC Grants provide support for arts and cultural

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