Money (helps) make the arts go round
Art isn’t just a hobby or a profession; it’s something that has always been a part of our culture. Art is something that should continue to be accessible to those wishing to pursue it.
One program designed to help is the Arts Build Communities (ABC) Grant program, which provides “assistance for projects that increase access to the arts and achieve positive outcomes for the community at large.”
Through July 1, 2014, the Tennessee Arts Commission is accepting applications for ABC grants. The applications are reviewed by ten agencies throughout Tennessee, which are looking to fund projects that “will involve communities underserved by the arts, such as those limited by geography, ethnicity, economics or disability.”
With grants ranging from $500 to $2,000, the program doesn’t just provide funds to complete community projects, but also gives recipients the chance to explain their project’s impact.
Organizers say that the grants open the door for community development as well as opportunities for artists, arts, organizations, and nonprofits to form alliances and partnerships in their communities.
For more information on the application process for the ABC grants and on the Tennessee Arts Commission, visit the Arts Build Communities webpage at tn.gov/arts/community_arts_abc.htm
— Madeline Chambliss