Knox County arts organizations receive $508,610 in grants

(Photo: Knoxville Opera)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Multiple arts and cultural organizations in Knox County have received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and residents with specialty license plates.

The grants in total are worth $508,610 and were distributed by the Tennessee Arts Commission.

“We thank the Tennessee Arts Commission and Executive Director Anne Pope for their decision to award these grants,” said Senator Becky Massey of Knoxville. “The arts are extremely important to our communities, especially in terms of education, economic development and cultural development.”

The Knoxville Opera Company received $75,000 and the Knoxville Symphony Society received $68,000. Other recipients include: Dogwood Arts, East Tennessee Community Design Center, Tennessee Theatre Foundation, Cumberland Communities Communications Corporation and more.

The Tennessee Arts Commission will give 1,000 community grants, worth $5.5 million in total, to organizations in urban and rural areas during the 2017 fiscal year.

“I am very proud of the arts organizations we have in Knox County,” said Senator Richard Briggs of Knoxville. “I hope these funds will help them in providing their services to area citizens during the coming year. Tennessee has a rich cultural heritage and the art grants awarded help us preserve it for future generations.”

All of the organizations receiving grants from the NEA and license plates are:

  • Knoxville Opera Company, $75,000
  • Knoxville Symphony Society, $27,900
  • Dogwood Arts, $21,700
  • East Tennessee Community Design Center, $15,000
  • Tennessee Theatre Foundation, $12,500
  • Arts and Cultural Alliance of Greater Knoxville, $75,580
  • Carpetbag Theatre, $27,630
  • Knoxville Museum of Art, $72,200
  • Community School for the Arts, $22,100
  • Tennessee Stage Company, $8,800
  • Joy of Music Youth Music School, $33,900
  • Jubilee Community Arts, $9,400
  • University of Tennessee Clarence Brown Theatre, $5,100
  • Asian Cultural Center of Tennessee, $2,100
  • Knoxville Choral Society, $2,000
  • Friends of Knox County Public Library, $3,150
  • HoLa Hora Latina, $6,500
  • Tennessee Folklore Society, $3,600
  • Governor John Sevier Memorial Association, $450
  • Hazen Historical Museum Foundation, $1,200
  • Go! Contemporary Dance Works, $4,500
  • Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble, $9,800

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