Shipley Announces Grant Recipients

(Kingsport)- State Representative Tony Shipley of Kingsport, has released the list of grant award recipients from the Tennessee Arts Commission for fiscal Year 2010 (July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2010) in the 2nd District. The Kingsport Theatre Guild will receive a $4,400 grant, benefiting 13,000 individuals.

In announcing the award, Representative Shipley emphasized the contributions the arts make to the quality of life in Tennessee communities. Shipley said, “The Tennessee Arts Commission’s matching grants are made possible through an appropriation of state funds by the General Assembly, by federal dollars from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by Tennesseans who purchase specialty and collegiate license plates. Kingsport has made significant investment in the arts in our school systems and privately. Today, we are beginning to see the results of these investments in a blossoming arts community. This grant will benefit the Kingsport Theatre Guild by enhancing the Arts Project Support.”

“This state is indeed fortunate to have elected leaders who support the work of the Tennessee Arts Commission in building better communities through the arts,” said Kim McClamroch, incoming chair of the Tennessee Arts Commission.

According to McClamroch, the Commission will award over 850 grants during the Fiscal Year 2010, totaling more than $7.6 million dollars. These funds have a direct impact on communities across Tennessee, in both urban and rural areas. Grant categories include: Arts Build Communities, Arts access, Arts Education, Arts Project Support, Funds For At-Risk Youth, General Operating Support, Individual Artist Fellowships, Major Cultural Institution, Rural Arts Project Support, Student Ticket Subsidy, Technical Assistance, Touring, Special Opportunities, and Profession Development Support. The Commission’s allocation process involves a review by citizen advisory panels made up of Tennesseans with expertise in appropriate arts disciplines and a review and final approval by the full 15-member Tennessee Arts Commission.

“The arts are changing lives in Tennessee. They improve education when integrated into the curriculum. They contribute to our economy, make out communities exciting and livable, and make us better citizens,” said McClamroch. McClamroch also said, “$5.5 million of the Commission’s grant funding is made possible through the sale of specialty and collegiate license plates which Tennesseans voluntarily purchase each year.”

The Tennessee Arts Commission is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences that add value to the lives of every citizen and enhances the quality of life in Tennessee communities. Additional information on grant programs offered by the Tennessee Arts Commission is available at: www.tn.gov/arts.