Funds for Arts Education Experiences: Field Trips, In-School, & Virtual

From Michelle Sipes, Arts Learning Specialist –

The Tennessee Arts Commission offers arts grants for the school year 2021-22 through the Student Ticket Subsidy Program.

Applications open Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 8 am CT/9 am ET.

The Student Ticket Subsidy (STS) grant program provides funds to TN public schools to help defray costs associated with artist fees, tickets, and transportation fees for arts activities taking place during the school day. Through STS, students experience various cultural opportunities, arts disciplines, and artists with field trips or in-school performances and teaching artist collaborations.

For more information, application guidelines and steps for each part of the grants management process are detailed here:

Key guidelines to note:

  • Schools can request up to $3,000
  • Teaching artists must be selected from the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Teaching Artist Roster
  • Applications must be received at least 30 days before the project start date
  • Awarded per capita by county and by demand on a first-come, first-served basis
  • 2021-2022 school year activities may be virtual
    • In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the TN Arts Commission is allowing applicant schools to carry out virtual projects, activities, and performances with artists and organizations on the Teaching Artist Roster through the STS grant program during the 2021-2022 academic year. The virtual projects, activities, and performances must include an interactive and/or hands-on component, such as a live Q&A session with a musician following a live-streamed or recorded viewing of a performance or a guided hands-on arts lesson completed remotely.


Contact Michelle Sipes, 615.532.5934,