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Arts & Culture Alliance announces Ann, Steve Bailey opportunity grantees

The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville provides 33 awards to 36 local artists and organizations as part of the Ann and Steve Bailey Opportunity Grants for 2017-2018. This new program of the Arts & Heritage Fund, with awards distributed through the Alliance, provides financial and technical support to individual artists and small, professionally oriented arts and culture organizations (with annual budgets under $100,000). The grants are designed to spur continued artistic and administrative growth in innovative, entrepreneurial artists and organizations at any stage in their development.

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Cattywampus Puppet Council received Bailey Opportunity grant.

A total of 34 individuals and seventeen organizations applied for the competitive grants, and interviews determined the awards.

The following 22 individual applicants will receive a total of $68,492 in Bailey Opportunity grants for these projects:

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Generations Literary Alliance

• Mike Berry - $2,170 for website upgrade and art workshops • Jo Marie Brotherton - $1,923 for a one week master class from master glass artist, Astrid Reidel
• Marcus Carmon - $5,000 for documentary Canon camera kit
• Antuco Chicaiza - $1,500 for classes at Arrowmont
• Bobbie Crews - $1,200 for portrait painting classes
• Ace Edewards - $9,500 to study conducting at Sarasota Opera
• Kelly Hider - $544 to present and attend Southeaster College Art Conference in Columbus, OH
• Jackie Holloway - $1,511 for writing workshops
• Jonathan Howe - $2,179 for light dome tent
• Norman Magden - $4,939 for camcorder
• Renee Mathies - $1,923 for a one week master class from master glass artist, Astrid Reidel
• Cheryl Prose - $1,050 for a workshop at Arrowmont
• Denise Sanabria - $1,160 for classes at Arrowmont and Penland
• Arnold Schwartzbart (deceased) — $469 for archival materials to support collection acquisition by McClung Collection
• Emily Shane - $1,421 for digital cutter, cutting mat, and blades
• Stephen Spidell - $1,200 for lessons with Seth Haverkamp
• Jered Sprecher - $9,290 for research on “The Garden”
• Steven Trigg - $1,000 for video mentoring
• Trillium Piano Trio - $2,000 to develop a marketing plan
• Dominick White - $1,000 for professional vocal training
• Bryan Wilkerson - $8,163 to develop a mobile exhibition space
• John Powers & Joshua Bienko - $9,350 to establish a collaborative artist venue

The following eleven organizations will receive a total of $31,431 in Bailey Opportunity grants for these projects:
• Asian Culture Center - $800 for website improvements
• Cattywampus Puppet Council - $3,500 for work with Spiral Q in Philadelphia, PA
• Knoxville Community Darkroom - $2,830 to develop a mobile darkroom
• Generations Literacy Alliance - $2,000 for professional development for staff
• Go! Contemporary Dance - $4,900 for Canon XA35 camera, computer software, and training
• HoLa Hora Latina - $2,500 for website upgrade
• Knoxville Gay Men's Chorus - $5,500 for management software and website upgrade
• Knoxville Guitar Society - $2,250 for Matthew Hinsley consultation
• Marble City Opera - $4,089 for portable keyboard
• Moving Theatre - $500 for Alliance for Better Nonprofits membership and consultation
• Tiger Lily Theatre - $2,562 for portable lighting system

The goal of Bailey Opportunity Grants is to create a more vital creative community in Knoxville by: encouraging contributions to the city’s economy and quality of life by artists and arts and history organizations; positioning Knoxville as a community that honors its creative industry and supports the efforts of artists and organizations to achieve excellence; and raising public profiles of artists and organizations within the city and beyond. For more information, visit

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.

Published September 16, 2017

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