TN Arts Initiatives

Tennessee Arts Commission Initiatives are strategic programs designed to expand accessibility, participation, and inclusion in the arts for all Tennesseans. The programs invest in arts and cultural assets across TN through grants, workshops, professional development and partnerships.


TN Military, Veterans & the Arts
An initiative is to encourage organizations serving Tennessee’s military members, veterans, and their families to use the arts as part of the many ways they achieve their goals and provide services to military audiences and to encourage arts organizations to engage military audiences in outcomes-based activities that enhance Tennessee’s communities.

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CreativeAgingTN LogoCreative Aging TN
An initiative to help promote the following outcomes in older adults throughout the state: health and wellness; lifelong learning and engagement; increased positive attitudes/perceptions about aging; and connecting older adults to their communities.

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Creative Placemaking Grants

The Creative Placemaking grant competition is designed to help communities enhance the distinctive local character of Tennessee places for positive economic and community outcomes.

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Creative Aging Tennessee II

The Creative Aging Tennessee II initiative continues the work started with Creative Aging TN I. This initiative focuses on the provision of 1) national training in sequential learning techniques for a core group of artists and nonprofits in Tennessee, and  2) to address resource gaps, especially in rural areas, a $75,000 grant program will provide seed funding to nonprofits throughout Tennessee to serve older adults.

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Tennessee Person-Centered Music Program (TPCMP)

The Tennessee Person-Centered Music Program (TPCMP) offers Tennessee nursing home residents, including those with dementia and Alzheimer’s, personalized music through digital devices to deliver individualized playlists to reduce medication usage and adverse behaviors while improving quality of life and health outcomes.

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