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The FY 2017 Awards were awarded to the following:

East

The Arts Cultural Enrichment Council of Hawkins Council, $3800
Arts Cultural Enrichment Council of Hawkins County will expand the Appalachian Spring Festival by including 3 days of workshops in traditional music, weaving and felting, quilting, woodcarving, storytelling, folk dancing and a May Pole dance. The 2018 festival will focus on experiential learning through the workshops and interactive performances, drawing from local artists.

City of Rocky Top, $3800
The City of Rocky Top will create a makerspace in the community center and host monthly artist workshops. The City has planned these activities in response to the continued disinvestment of Rocky Top and to provide citizens recreational alternatives. This project coincides with other City efforts to rejuvenate and cultivate the downtown area, including an ATV trail throughout the opening of the Coal Creek Miner’s Museum.

Elizabethton/Carter County Arts & Cultural Alliance (EACA), $6100
The EACA will update the Historic Downtown Elizabethton Walking tour with 30 markers, install six glass and tile mosaics in a downtown breezeway that connects hikers and bikers from the Tweetsie Trail to downtown’s Main Street, as well as create four dioramas and hire artists to perform at the Elizabethton farmers market. These projects are intended to drive traffic through the Historic Downtown Elizabethton district andbencourage people to explore the county’s scenic and natural areas.

Glass House Collective, $6000
The Glass House Collective will install a pop-up farmer’s market & café, temporary crosswalks, neighborhood markers and artistic tree planters at Glass Street and Dodson Avenue This project will complement work already completed by the organization on two blocks of Glass Street and is part of a larger community engagement-driven streetscape plan designed to nurture the creativity of the neighborhood, strengthen residents’ pride, and attract investment.

Johnson County Arts Council, $8000
The proposed Johnson County Center for the Arts will create a mural depicting the historic Fiddler’s Convention on the new Arts Center Building, hire artists to teach at the Center, as well as purchase tables and chairs for ongoing programming. The project builds on the renovation of a high school into Heritage Hall Theater, three downtown murals, and the momentum of Long Journey Home, a heritage music and arts festival. The project includes creating an affordable downtown space where local artists and artisans can sell their work.

Townsend Cades Cove Gateway Alliance, $4600
Townsend Cades Cove Gateway Alliance will commission and create the “Welcome to Townsend Arts and Heritage Mural” to enhance awareness of and celebrate the arts and heritage opportunities available in the community. The mural will be located on a concrete wall overlooking US 321, entering Townsend from Maryville, and is the product of collaboration with the Townsend Artisan Guild. This project is part of an overall plan to enhance and illuminate Townsend’s cultural assets.

Middle

Arts Center of Cannon County, $3300
The Arts Center will design and install an 80 foot by 10 foot mural on the Cannon Courier Main Street building. The mural will incorporate images of Cannon County, highlighting basket making, mule driving, agriculture, the East Fork of the Stones River and local industry. It will be located diagonally across the town Square from the recently completed public art “In Time Piece” installed by Bret MacFayden. Cannon County high school art students will assist artist Noah Church in completing the mural.

The City of Collinwood, $3900
The City of Collinwood will develop a vacant lot into a community garden that reflects the community’s natural assets and history and will include seating, a pergola, and a mural created by local artists and artisans. The City seeks to capitalize on the proximity to the Natchez Trace Parkway, and complement the display of local art and artifacts at the Wayne County Welcome Center. The 25’ x100’ garden will serve as a gathering place for the community, artists, farmers, tourists, filmmakers and musicians.

Art Round Tennessee, $7000
Art Round Tennessee (ART) will assemble and install a public work of art. The sculpture “Spokes,” created by artist Brad Sells, is a 36’ wide, 14’ tall arch of bicycles. It will be installed as an entryway spanning the street-side entrance to Putnam County’s new Tennessee Central Heritage Rail Trail on the west side of downtown Cookeville. This project will complement ongoing, long-term revitalization that began with the renovation of the deteriorating Tennessee Central train depot.

Dixie Carter PAC and the Town of Huntingdon, $8000
The Dixie and the City will engage Huntingdon High School high school students in the design of potential marquee signs for the Center. Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) instructors, Gränges Americas engineers and Dixie staff will collaborate with the students on designs and five submissions chosen as finalists. The community will vote for the design that will ultimately be fabricated. Through the arts, the Dixie and the City hope to increase engagement and expand into other avenues of collaboration by connecting with local youth, industrial business and the technology center.

Granville Museum, Inc., $6300
The Granville Museum will expand the availability of the shops of Pioneer Village, as well as refurbish and equip adjacent properties to attract and retain artists and artisans. This project is part of a larger effort to accelerate recent progress in redeveloping Granville into a cultural destination by expanding commercial opportunities for traditional local artists, craftspersons, and small businesses.

Stewart County, $4000
Stewart County will purchase lighting equipment, sound barriers, visual and audio equipment to transform the elementary school auditorium/gym into a community cultural center presenting arts programming. This project responds not only to an articulated community desire for a greater supply of cultural programming, but also to feedback from local educators, students, cultural groups, and patrons about how the school facility can better serve its community.

Town of Tracy City, $3250
The Town of Tracy City will convert downtown property storefronts into exhibition space for local artists. The project will include installation of banners and lighting and is part of a larger effort to attract foot traffic into the town’s core. This project complements other ongoing developments, including Tracy City’s construction of a 1.2 mile segment of the Mountain Goat Trail with a trailhead downtown, Tracy City’s designation as a Tennessee Downtown Community, and planning for a trailhead park with visitor parking, a playground, and a band stand/pavilion.

West

Friends of Levitt Pavilion, Memphis, Inc., $6000
Levitt Shell will present its annual Family Series on Sundays in September and October. This project is targeted to diverse families in the outlying neighborhoods surrounding the Levitt Shell. The free family series includes pre-concert arts activities, and incorporates diverse musical styles and artists. This project is designed to strengthen the Shell’s value to local residents as well as new walking/biking paths connecting neighborhoods spanning from Overton Park to the Crosstown Concourse.

Memphis Leadership Foundation, Inc., $4750
The Foundation will install public art as a part of the “I AM A Man” Plaza, a public park area adjacent to Clayborn Temple, commemorating the 1968 Sanitation Workers’ Strike. The space will serve as a point of reflection, inviting all people to a peaceful, interactive, and educational experience that supports the advancement of equity and justice for positive social change. The project utilizes historic preservation as a route to civic and community pride and is a product of multiple partnerships between preservation and other community interest organizations.

Town of Stanton, $4200
The Town will expand the Stanton Cannery, a longstanding resource to the region for canning homegrown fruits and vegetables. An expansion of the Cannery will allow children and adults to be trained in the culinary arts, encourage healthier diets, and establish incubation space for potential entrepreneurs. The Town of Stanton has designated the Cannery as an essential asset for the community and will purchase kitchen equipment for processing food and to institute culinary arts classes.

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