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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

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

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

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

The Turtle at The Woodbury Intersection

By Suzanne Lynch, Director of Marketing and Development – The Arts Center of Cannon County received an FY2017 Creative Placemaking award for a public art project to be installed in a previously barren block at the intersection of Doolittle Road and Water Street in Woodbury.

McNairy County Launches “Trail of Music Legends” App

By Suzanne Lynch, Director of Marketing and Development – The Tennesee Arts Commission awarded Arts in McNairy an FY2017 Creative Placemaking grant for $7,680. The grant was for a Cultural Heritage Walking Trail, a .8 mile walking trail in downtown Selmer that connects existing cultural

Main Terrain Park Wins National Award

by Barry Courter, Times Free Press – Peggy Townsend readily admits that the space now known as Main Terrain on West Main Street in Chattanooga resembles nothing like what planners originally envisioned. It’s way better, says Townsend, the city’s director of Public Art Chattanooga in

Tennessee Creative Placemaking’s National Reach

From Shannon Ford, Director of Community Arts Development— Last month, I had the honor of participating in a roundtable discussion about creative placemaking at the Capital Ideas conference hosted by Smart Growth America’s Transportation for America program, an alliance of community leaders and policy makers dedicated to public investment in

Creative Placemaking projects across TN create distinctive places

By Suzanne Lynch, Director of Marketing and Development — The Creative Placemaking grants competition was designed to help build stronger communities by enhancing the distinctive character of Tennessee places. Thirteen projects were awarded in FY2017, and 12 projects were awarded in FY2016. Awarded this year, Unicoi Buffalo

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