By Ann Brown, Associate Director of Grants
Grant panel meetings for the Commission’s Fiscal Year 2022 Annual Grant cycle were held March 22 through April 16, 2021. Advisory panels were comprised of nearly 100 citizens from across Tennessee, representing the cultural and geographic diversity of the state as well as bringing expertise in organizational management, program creation and implementation, financial management, education, and other business and community development acumen. The panel process helps the Commission make informed decisions in awarding grants and providing technical assistance to applicants in 20+ grant categories. This work is not possible without the service of the many panelists reviewing, scoring, and providing feedback for hundreds of grant applications each year. Thank you to all panelists for their work during this process.
Additionally, thank you to organization representatives who attended the virtual panel meetings and provided further insight into their proposals for next fiscal year. While the past year has been difficult for many sectors, including arts and culture, it was wonderful to hear from constituents about their continued commitment to providing arts experiences and activities through an array of innovative approaches–virtual, hybrid, and in-person in Tennessee communities. The panel meetings are a good reminder of the work through the arts happening across the state and even more so a reminder of the beneficial and transformational power of the arts.
Here is a list of this year’s panelists:
Elizabeth (Lisa) Carroll
James (Jim) Dodson
Isaac Duncan III
Ellen W Kanervo
Amanda C Roche
Rodney Van Valkenburg