Tennessee General Assembly Adjourns Until 2016 Omnibus License Plate Bill Passed

The first session of the two year 109th General Assembly closed on Wednesday, April 22nd.

Lawmakers finished their business and headed home after only expending 28 legislative days of the total 90 legislative days allowed in any two-year General Assembly. Remember, a legislative day is counted as a day when the members are working in either the House or Senate Chamber. Days when only Committees are meeting and no Floor Session is held are not counted as an official Legislative Day.

The formula for New Specialty License Plates was again protected by our many champions and the Omnibus bill which contains all newly proposed plates and extensions for reaching the necessary threshold of 1,000 pre-sold plates required to go into production.
Thanks to TFTA’s ongoing advocacy efforts and the continued support of the General Assembly’s Arts Caucus, the Omnibus License Plate bill passed unanimously in the Senate and with only one dissenting vote in the House.

In other Legislative action our friends at the Tennessee State Museum were awarded a nod towards the building of a new State Museum after the Governor included a one-time $120 million in his supplemental budget amendment.

Now is the time to thank our supporters in the General Assembly and continue our efforts to build and strengthen our relationships. Don’t forget to include your elected officials in activities throughout the summer months and into next fall!

The National Endowment For The Arts Awards $1,072,700 For Art Projects In Tennessee

By: Suzanne Lynch, Director of Marketing and Development

In the second major grant announcement of fiscal year 2015, the National Endowment for the Arts (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.

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.”

“These grant dollars will help the arts to invest in communities across the state. Arts and culture in Tennessee contributes to a vibrant place to live, work and raise a family by enhancing community cohesion and pride, increasing public health and safety, and celebrating essential values that make us who we are as Tennesseans,” 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 Assoc., 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


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