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Nine East Tennessee counties get Arts Build Communities Grants

Missoula Children’s Theatre with Monroe Area Council for the Arts. Image courtesy of The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville.

KNOXVILLE – The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville has announced awards of 24 Arts Build Communities (ABC) grants for art projects from non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations located within nine East Tennessee counties: Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Roane, Sevier, and Union. 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 in July. Panelists included Jill Beason, Donna Chase, Jackie Clay, Fletcher Haverkamp, and Dina Ruta.

The following organizations will receive a total of $39,015 in ABC grants for these projects in 2015-2016:
• Anderson County: Appalachian Arts Craft Center for “Make It and Take It Booth”
• Anderson County: Museum of Appalachia for “History through Song & Story”
• Blount County: Appalachian Ballet Company for “A Spring Gala - My Mama Had a Dancing Heart”
• Blount County: Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center for “Holiday Homecoming: Mountain Memories”
• Blount County: Townsend Artisan Guild for “Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival”
• Campbell County: Campbell Culture Coalition for “Youth Arts Outreach Project: Children's Community Quilt”
• 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 2015”
• Knox County: Fountain City Art Center for “Summer Art Camp Adventures”
• Knox County: Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation for “The James A. Dick Mighty Musical Monday Program”
• Knox County: HoLa Hora Latina for “Baila con HoLa”
• Knox County: Knoxville Jazz Orchestra for “Jazz Jam Sessions”
• Knox County: Pellissippi State Foundation for “Which Side Are You On: The Florence Reece Story”
• Knox County: Sunshine Ambassadors Inc for “Sunshine Ambassadors Annual Performance Project”
• Knox County: Tennessee Stage Company for “Tennessee Stage New Play Festival”
• Knox County: The University of Tennessee for “Classical Music and Artists from Latin America: A Tennessee Immersion”
• Knox County: The WordPlayers for “World Premiere of OH FREEDOM: THE STORY OF THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD”
• Loudon County: Tennessee Wind Symphony for “Community Spotlight Concerts”
• Monroe County: Monroe Area Council for the Arts for “Missoula Children's Theatre”
• Roane County: Arts Council of Roane County for “2015 Roane County Student Writers Anthology”
• Roane County: Roane Choral Society for “Chronicles of Blue and Gray: A Patriotic Tribute”
• Sevier County: Sevier Co. Public Library/Friends of the Library for “Create and Make @ Your Library: Arts for All”
• Union County: Union County Arts Council for “Art on Main”

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

Published August 17, 2015

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