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The National Endowment for the Arts Awards $1,072,700 Tennessee

Through its grant-making to thousands of nonprofits each year, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) promotes opportunities for people in communities across America to experience the arts and exercise their creativity.

In the second major grant announcement of fiscal year 2015, the NEA will make awards to 15 nonprofit art and design organizations in Tennessee totaling $1,072,700. This includes $767,700 awarded through a state partnership agreement with the Tennessee Arts Commission for programs that move communities forward through the arts.

The state partnership agreements allow the NEA to extend its reach to every community in America; translating national leadership into local, state and regional benefit. The NEA will make 1,023 awards totaling $74.3 million nationwide in this funding round.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “The NEA is committed to advancing learning, fueling creativity, and celebrating the arts in cities and towns across the United States, including in Tennessee. Funding these new projects represents a significant investment in local communities and the creative vitality of Tennessee.”

“Every year, the NEA continues to validate the importance of the arts to the progress of individual communities, states and the nation overall, through its awarding generous grants. The state of Tennessee will especially flourish from these grant dollars making projects possible that will enhance cultural life, serve citizens, support education and address public needs,” says Anne B. Pope, Executive Director of the Tennessee Arts Commission.

The following received funding for FY16:

Tennessee Arts Commission, Statewide: $767,700

ArtsBuild, Chattanooga, TN: $10,000

Gateway Chamber Orchestra, Clarksville, TN: $10,000

Cumberland County Playhouse, Inc., Crossville, TN: $10,000

Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN: $10,000

Knox County, Tennessee, Knoxville, TN: $10,000

Country Music Foundation, Inc., Nashville, TN: $35,000

Frist Center for the Visual Arts Inc., Nashville, TN: $30,000

Humanities Tennessee, Nashville, TN: $30,000

Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, Nashville, TN: $100,000

Nashville Academy Theatre & Nashville Children’s Theatre Association, Nashville, TN: $10,000

Nashville Ballet, Nashville, TN: $15,000

Nashville Repertory Theatre, Inc., Nashville, TN: $10,000

Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Nashville, TN: $15,000

Salama Urban Ministries, Inc., Nashville, TN: $10,000

The Tennessee Arts Commission is the state’s arts agency whose mission is to cultivate the arts for the benefit of Tennesseans and their communities. Each year, the Commission helps fund the arts  and cultural activities for more than 600 organizations, schools, local governments, nonprofits and artists in Tennessee. Over the past five years, more than 6,450 grants totaling more than $30 million have been invested in communities across Tennessee. For more information, visit