Category: News

2022 Library of Congress National Book Festival on PBS Books

From the Library of Congress – PBS Books to Stream 10 Interviews with Featured Authors, Beginning Aug. 15 Book lovers across the nation can enjoy an early literary taste of the 2022 Library of Congress National Book Festival on PBS Books, which will host a series of virtual interviews with some of the festival’s featured […]

Micro Accessibility Grants from South Arts

From South Arts – South Arts is now offering Micro Accessibility Grants of up to $2,500 to complement existing efforts by arts organizations to include audiences and artists with disabilities. Accessibility micro-grants are available to support Nonprofit, 501c3, arts organizations located within the South Arts Service region states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North […]

TN has the Greatest Concentration of Musicians in the Nation

From the National Endowment for the Arts – The NEA posted Arts Data Profile Series #31, examining artists in the workforce between 2015-2019. This includes three new research briefs looking at demographic and/or geographic characteristics of artists and arts managers, based on information from the U.S. Census Bureau and includes an interactive map that for […]

FY23 Independent Artist Fellowship in Literature Winners

By Lee Baird, Director of Literary Arts – In the fifteen or so years I have managed the Literary Arts Fellowships at the Commission, I have had the pleasure of getting to read some of the best writing coming out of our state. Every year I remark that our adjudicators have their work cut out […]

Introducing Sarah Williams as Director of Grants Management

By Hal Partlow, Associate Director of Operations – In June this year, Sarah Williams joined the Tennessee Arts Commission as Director of Grants Management. Sarah comes to the Commission from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, where she served as the Museum Curator at the Tennessee Agricultural Museum. “Sarah’s background in both grant administration and nonprofit […]

Welcome Chris Sweatt as Director of Arts Education

By Ann Brown, Associate Director of Grants – Chris Sweatt has joined the Tennessee Arts Commission as Director of Arts Education. Chris comes to us from Jackson Preparatory School in Jackson, Mississippi, where he worked as Director of Choral Music. At Jackson Prep, Chris was responsible for producing a variety of large-scale performances and events, […]