REPORTING: MICHAEL EDWARD MILLER
The Tennessee Arts Commission is awarding grants to Hamilton County non-profit organizations. They’re called “Arts Build Communities” grants, and they allow area non-profits to collaborate with Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga to produce exhibits, lectures, performances, and other projects.
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From the Allied Arts Web site:
Allied Arts will host an Arts Build Communities (ABC) application orientation workshop on July 29, 2010, at 4:00 p.m. at Allied Arts for non-profit organizations interested in collaborating on arts activities in Hamilton County.
ABC is a grant program funded by the Tennessee General Assembly and administered by Allied Arts in cooperation with the Tennessee Arts Commission. ABC grants offer a total of $23,001 annually in financial support for arts projects in all arts disciplines such as dance, music, theater, visual arts, crafts, photography, and folk arts.
“The value of these grants is enormous to Chattanooga and Hamilton County. We’re reaching deep into the community and reaching underserved organizations through the ABC grants,” says Marilyn J. Harrison, Vice President of Allied Arts.
Last year, 19 projects received funding through ABC grants. Examples of ABC grants include art lecture series, jazz concerts and community festivals.
“Since the grant programs are not restricted to arts organizations, the program brings the arts to a larger segment of the community though arts projects at community centers, schools, and other non-profit organizations,” Ms. Harrison said.
The program’s objective is to build communities by nurturing artists, arts organizations, and arts supporters in each of Tennessee’s 95 counties. The grant orientation workshop will address eligibility, grant guidelines, examples of programming, and the grant application process. First-time applicants are strongly encouraged to attend. All organizations should then plan to meet with Ms. Harrison before submitting grant applications.
The grant application deadline is August 27, 2010. Programs should be scheduled to take place between October 15, 2010 and June 15, 2010.
For more information, contact Ms. Harrison at Allied Arts at (423) 756-2787, ext. 11. To review the ABC grant application, visit the Tennessee Arts Commission website at www.arts.state.tn.us.