NASHVILLE — State Senator Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet) and Representative Mark Pody (R-Lebanon) announced today that two Cannon County arts organizations will receive a combined total of $43,800 in grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission.
The Arts Center of Cannon County will receive $34,800 and the Cannon Association of Craft Artists will receive $9,000 for the fiscal year 2012 which extends from July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012.
“I am delighted that the Tennessee Arts Commission allocated grant money for these worthy efforts in our area,” said Senator Beavers. “These are very large grants for a county of this size and will be used to promote the arts in our community.”
The Tennessee Arts Commission’s matching grants are mostly made possible through proceeds from the purchase of collegiate/university, personalized , and specialty motor vehicle license plates; but is also assisted by federal dollars from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Commission will award over 950 community grants through the 2012 fiscal year, totaling $7.3 million.
The allocation process involves a review by citizen advisory panels made up of Tennesseans with expertise in appropriate disciplines and a final review by the full 15-member Tennessee Arts Commission.
“I am very proud of the arts organizations we have in Cannon County,” added Representative Pody. “I hope these funds will help them in providing their services to area citizens during the coming year.”