Arts & Culture Alliance Announces Ann and Steve Bailey Opportunity Grantees

By Suzane Cada, Deputy Director, Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville –

A&H LogoThe Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville is pleased to announce 33 awards to 36 local artists and organizations as part of the Ann and Steve Bailey Opportunity Grants for 2017-2018. This new program of the Arts & Heritage Fund, with awards distributed through the Alliance, provides financial and technical support to individual artists and small, professionally-oriented arts and culture organizations (with annual budgets under $100,000). The grants are designed to spur continued artistic and administrative growth in innovative, entrepreneurial artists and organizations at any stage in their development.

A total of 34 individuals and seventeen organizations applied for the competitive grants, and interviews determined the awards in June.

The following 22 individual applicants will receive a total of $68,492 in Bailey Opportunity grants for these projects:

  • Mike Berry – $2,170 for website upgrade and art workshops
  • Jo Marie Brotherton – $1,923 for a one week master class from master glass artist, Astrid Reidel
  • Marcus Carmon – $5,000 for documentary Canon camera kit
  • Antuco Chicaiza – $1,500 for classes at Arrowmont
  • Bobbie Crews – $1,200 for portrait painting classes
  • Ace Edewards – $9,500 to study conducting at Sarasota Opera
  • Kelly Hider – $544 to present and attend Southeaster College Art Conference in Columbus, OH
  • Jackie Holloway – $1,511 for writing workshops
  • Jonathan Howe – $2,179 for light dome tent
  • Norman Magden – $4,939 for camcorder
  • Renee Mathies – $1,923 for a one week master class from master glass artist, Astrid Reidel
  • Cheryl Prose – $1,050 for a workshop at Arrowmont
  • Denise Sanabria – $1,160 for classes at Arrowmont and Penland
  • Arnold Schwartzbart (deceased) – $469 for archival materials to support collection acquisition by McClung Collection
  • Emily Shane – $1,421 for digital cutter, cutting mat, and blades
  • Stephen Spidell – $1,200 for lessons with Seth Haverkamp
  • Jered Sprecher – $9,290 for research on “The Garden”
  • Steven Trigg – $1,000 for video mentoring
  • Trillium Piano Trio – $2,000 to develop a marketing plan
  • Dominick White – $1,000 for professional vocal training
  • Bryan Wilkerson – $8,163 to develop a mobile exhibition space
  • John Powers & Joshua Bienko – $9,350 to establish a collaborative artist venue

The following eleven organizations will receive a total of $31,431 in Bailey Opportunity grants for these projects:

  • Asian Culture Center – $800 for website improvements
  • Cattywampus Puppet Council – $3,500 for work with Spiral Q in Philadelphia, PA
  • Knoxville Community Darkroom – $2,830 to develop a mobile darkroom
  • Generations Literacy Alliance – $2,000 for professional development for staff
  • Go! Contemporary Dance – $4,900 for Canon XA35 camera, computer software, and training
  • HoLa Hora Latina – $2,500 for website upgrade
  • Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus – $5,500 for management software and website upgrade
  • Knoxville Guitar Society – $2,250 for Matthew Hinsley consultation
  • Marble City Opera – $4,089 for portable keyboard
  • Moving Theatre – $500 for Alliance for Better Nonprofits membership and consultation
  • Tiger Lily Theatre – $2,562 for portable lighting system

The goal of Bailey Opportunity Grants is to create a more vital creative community in Knoxville by encouraging contributions to the city’s economy and quality of life by artists and arts and history organizations; positioning Knoxville as a community that honors its creative industry and supports the efforts of artists and organizations to achieve excellence; and raising public profiles of artists and organizations within the city and beyond. For more information, visit

About the Arts & Culture Alliance

The Arts & Culture Alliance serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. The Alliance receives financial support from the Tennessee Arts Commission.

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