Special Opportunity Grants Available for Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit

By Hal Partlow, Associate Director of Grants –

TN Arts Commission is pleased to offer Special Opportunity Grants to assist with attending “Beyond Big Cities: Creative Placemaking in Southern Small Towns and Rural Communities.” presented by The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking in partnership with South Arts and ArtPlace America, and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Lyndhurst Foundation. This summit will be held March 15-16, 2018 in Chattanooga, TN.

This grant provides up to $500 for individual applicants or up to $1000 for organizational applicants registering a minimum of two or more staff toward registration fees, hotel and travel. Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Before completing an application, read the guidelines:

SpecOps Guidelines

This grant category provides assistance to individual Tennesseans and arts and non-arts organizations with funding support for participation in activities or projects identified by the Commission, and that provide professional development and skills-building activities which contribute to the arts sector. Applicants must make a compelling case as to why their participation will have a substantial impact on their work and/or community.

The Southeastern Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit will focus on building smaller communities in states such as Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, and will be hosted by South Arts in the Chattanoogan Hotel.

Key topics will explore wellness, inclusion, equity, and basics of creative placemaking. People who are interested in these topics, but don’t consider themselves to be experts are encouraged to come to this particular conference. Sessions include “Bouncing Back: Case Studies on the Regrowth of Communities,” “Presence Changes Perception: The Impact of the University on the Revitalization of the Downtown Square,” and “Share Sistrunk & The Megaphone: Stories of Citizen Empowerment.”

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