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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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Knoxville Opera is accepting applications for the position of Executive Assistant effective immediately.  The company is entering its 39th Season with a track record of 11 consecutive years of debt-free operations and a healthy Operating Reserve. Annually, Knoxville Opera presents three main stage operas, usually at the Tennessee Theatre, and 85-100 Education/Outreach programs, including the Rossini Festival International Street Fair, Knoxville Opera Goes to Church, African-American Voices Series, Opera 101, and a staged in-school opera production. Further information is available on the company’s website: www.KnoxvilleOpera.com.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record and passion for detailed organization, multi-tasking, computer skills, excellent writing and grammar skills, and a positive approach to working with a small staff in a high-energy, often time-pressured environment.  The position also requires mastering KO’s ticketing software and data bases. A background that includes music performance is a plus, but not required. The position reports directly to and works on a constant basis with Executive Director/Conductor Brian Salesky.

This is a full-time salaried position with optional health and life insurance benefits. Working evenings and weekends is sometimes required during special projects and production periods.

To apply, please mail or email cover letter and detailed work resume to:
Brian Salesky
Knoxville Opera
612 East Depot Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917
Email: bsalesky@knoxvilleopera.com


Students and faculty throughout Knoxville experience the magic of Hansel and Gretel from January 14 through February 1!

It’s our favorite time of year here at Knoxville Opera! Today marks the beginning of our In-School Performances which are a part of our extensive Education/Outreach Programs. This is our fifth year performing an opera in schools. The beauty of this outreach program is that the students and faculty will enjoy an abbreviated version of a full-length opera performed in English. (The performance is even staged and costumed!) This year, we are performing Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel for 26 schools, libraries, and clubs throughout Knoxville… and beyond. We were so well received last year,that we will once again be performing at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN. This Liberal Arts college will enjoy not just one, but TWO performances of Hansel and Gretel on January 22, 2016. (For a complete list of our in-school performances this season, click HERE.) Each performance ends with a “Question and Answers” session where students have an opportunity to interact with the artists. Every student (8,000+ in all) is given a take-home invitation to attend our FREE-ADMISSION Student Dress Rehearsal of Hansel and Gretel on February 24 at 6:30 pm in the Tennessee Theatre.

In addition to the Hansel and Gretel in-school performances, our Education/Outreach Program includes several Opera 101 Performances and our popular African American Voices Series which will also be performed in schools. Our entire calendar of Education/Outreach events can be found HERE.

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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YMCA at Rossini Festival Knoxville 2015

YMCA Healthy Kids Day is Saturday, April 25, 2015

Visit with the YMCA at Rossini Festival Knoxville 2015 – a popular event held each spring on Gay Street, in the heart of downtown Knoxville. In conjunction with Knoxville Opera’s Rossini Festival, the YMCA is proud to bring you the Kids’ Fun Zone!
Stop by the Fun Zone near the stage at Market Square and enjoy inflatables and games.
Wrist Bands will be sold for $5, and gets you access to all you can play, games and more!
• Spider Jump
• Moonwalk & Slide
• Obstacle Course
• Merry-Go-Round
• Jump Rope
• Huge Building Blocks
• Corn Hole
• Hula Hoops
• Hop Scotch
• Face painting provided by American Cancer Support

Summer is almost here; a time when kids are not exposed to as much physical activity as they are during the school year through PE classes. YMCA Healthy Kids Day was created to help you think about staying active during the summer months.  The YMCA FunZone will be hoppin’ with activity for kids between 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, 2015.

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