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Arts & Culture Alliance Announces Arts Build Communities Grants

(08/17/2016/Knoxville) – The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville is pleased to announce awards of 27 Arts Build Communities (ABC) grants for art projects from non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations located within the following nine East Tennessee counties: Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane and Sevier. Tax-exempt, non-profit, private educational institutions, entities of government (such as Parks and Recreation, public libraries, public schools), and colleges and universities were eligible to apply. The ABC grant program is designed to provide support for arts projects that broaden access to arts experiences, address community quality of life issues through the arts, or enhance the sustainability of asset-based cultural enterprises, and these grants benefit an estimated 130,000 people each year. The Alliance sub-grants the funds through an open competitive grant process, which took place on August 10. Panelists included: Margo Clark, Hank Dye, Mary Kennedy Hendershot, Mike Hill, and Michael Torano.

The following organizations will receive a total of $45,540 in ABC grants for these projects in 2016-2017:
+ Anderson County: Appalachian Arts Craft Center for “Make It and Take It Booth”
+ Anderson County: Sundress Publications for “SAFTA Residency Fellowship Expansion”
+ Blount County: Appalachian Ballet Company for “The Little Mermaid”
+ Blount County: Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center for “Holiday Homecoming”
+ Blount County: Townsend Artisan Guild for “Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival”
+ Campbell County: Campbell Culture Coalition for “Youth Arts Outreach Project: Bridging Generations”
+ Knox County: The Bijou Theatre for “Bijou Awards”
+ Knox County: Cancer Support Community for “Healing Through Art”
+ Knox County: Circle Modern Dance for “Modern Dance Primitive Light”
+ Knox County: East Tennessee Historical Society for “East Tennessee History Fair”
+ Knox County: East Tennessee Foundation / Grist Literary Journal for “The Painted Page: A Tennessee Ekphrasis Project”
+ Knox County: Fountain City Art Center for “Summer Art Camp”
+ Knox County: Legacy Parks Foundation / RiverHill Gateway Neighborhood Association for “’ki-net-ik’ Art in Motion”
+ Knox County: Momentum Dance Lab for “Fall Performance”
+ Knox County: Own the Boards for “Poetry-Slam Program for Knox-Area Teens”
+ Knox County: Pellissippi State Foundation for “Young Creative Writer’s Workshop”
+ Knox County: Sunshine Ambassadors for “Annual Performance Project”
+ Knox County: Tennessee Stage Company for “New Play Festival”
+ Knox County: Theatre Knoxville Downtown for “Remembering the Heroes of 9/11”
+ Knox County: The University of Tennessee / Clarence Brown Theatre for “The Crucible”
+ Knox County: The WordPlayers for “A Woman Called Truth”
+ Loudon County: Tennessee Wind Symphony for “Community Spotlight Concerts”
+ Monroe County: Monroe Area Council for the Arts for “Missoula Children’s Theatre”
+ Monroe County: Sequoyah Birthplace Museum for “Cherokee & Appalachian Arts Series”
+ Morgan County: Princess Theatre Foundation / Roane State Community College for “Greater Roane County Youth Theatre Arts Camp”
+ Roane County: Roane Choral Society for “From Stage and Screen”
+ Sevier County: Sevier Co. Public Library/Friends of the Library for “Hip Hop, Book Drop, Grooving @ Your Library”

The Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant program is funded through specialty license plate sales and administered in cooperation with the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville. The short-term objective of this grant is to create decentralized decision-making and distribution process for allocated grant funds. The long-term objective is to build Tennessee’s communities by nurturing artists, arts organizations (including local arts agencies), and arts supporters in each of its 95 counties. For more information, visit http://www.knoxalliance.com/arts-build-communities/.

About the Arts & Culture Alliance
The Arts & Culture Alliance serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. The Alliance receives financial support from the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Contact: Suzanne Cada
PO Box 2506
Knoxville, TN 37901
(865) 523-7543

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