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Annual Grant Panel Reviews Begin March 26

By Hal Partlow, Associate Director of Grants – As part of the annual grant review process each year, advisory panels are held so that citizens from across Tennessee can provide expert guidance in evaluating grant applications. They help enable the Tennessee Arts Commission to make informed

Arts Advocacy Day 2019

From Suzanne Lynch– Tennesseans for the Arts (TFTA) presented Arts Advocacy Day on Wednesday, March 6 in Nashville. Arts Advocacy Day is an annual event that highlights the significant ways in which the arts contribute to a better quality of life for all Tennesseans. The

Nominations Open For 2019 Governor’s Arts Awards

From Hal Partlow, Associate Director of Grants – The Tennessee Arts Commission is accepting nominations now through May 31, 2019, for the 2019 Governor’s Arts Awards to be presented by Governor and First Lady Lee. Established in 1971, these accolades are Tennessee’s highest honor in

Updates from NEA State & Regional Partnerships

Andi Mathis, State & Regional Specialist | Partnership, National Endowment for the Arts – I am happy to share the latest exciting news from the National Endowment for Arts: Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge  The National Endowment for the Arts is supporting the next generation of

Commission Spring Quarterly Meeting

From Anne B. Pope, Executive Director – TN Arts Commission’s Spring Quarterly Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 5 at 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Commission office located at 401 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (formerly Charlotte Ave.) The agenda for

State funding opportunity to address Adverse Childhood Experiences

From Leslie Meehan, TN Dept. of Children’s Services  – The state is seeking innovative projects through Building Strong Brains Tennessee to prevent, mitigate or help persons recover from adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and promote the health and prosperity of Tennessee. Research shows that providing safe,

NEA Grants to Tennessee Total $235,000

From Liz Auclair, National Endowment for the Arts – The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded 14 grants to Tennessee organizations and individuals that total $235,000. All of the grants are for specific projects and fall into the following categories: Art Works, Challenge America and

Knoxville named one of top 25 U.S. Maker Cities

From Jim Biggs, Knoxville Entrepreneur Center –  Knoxville is one of the 25 best Maker Cities in America, according to an article published on All of the communities named in the article focus “on a spirit of entrepreneurship and creativity,” writes author Tim Newcomb. They

FY20 Annual Grant Advisory Panel Dates

By Hal Partlow, Associate Director of Grants – Now that Annual Grant deadlines have passed, we begin the process of reviewing applications to ensure that they meet all of the requirements. The applications will then be reviewed by volunteer panelists or adjudicators in preparation for

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