(NASHVILLE, TN), June 28, 2012 –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 $32,550 in grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission. The Arts Center of Cannon County will receive $24,550 and the Cannon Association of Craft Artists will receive $8,000 for the fiscal year 2013.
“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 made possible through an appropriation of state funds by the General Assembly, federal dollars from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by Tennesseans who buy specialty license plates. The Commission will award over 900 community grants through the 2013 fiscal year, totaling $7.5 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.”