• State Rep. Kelly Keisling

State Rep. Keisling announces 2022-2023 Tennessee Arts Commission Grants for Area Organizations

State Representative Kelly Keising, representing the 38th House District, has released a list of grant award recipients from the Tennessee Arts Commission for Fiscal Year 2023 (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023) in his district. This is the first of a series of grants that will be made throughout FY2023.

These include:Fentress County Government, Friends of Cordell Hull, Macon County Arts Council, and Vision 2020 Inc.

“I am very pleased to announce these annual grants that support Tennessee’s communities and schools through the arts,” said Representative Keisling. “These investments help cultivate the arts across Tennessee, including Fentress, Macon, and Pickett Counties, which benefit all of us through quality of life, economic development, tourism, and providing a more balanced education for our children.”

“Tennessee is fortunate to have elected leaders who understand the positive impact arts and culture have on Tennesseans and their communities,” said Anne B. Pope, Executive Director for the Tennessee Arts Commission. “Arts and culture are vital tools for attracting and retaining businesses and help build stronger communities by enhancing the distinctive character of Tennessee places.”

According to Pope, the Commission expects to award approximately 1,000 annual and rolling grants during FY2023, totaling up to $11.7 million dollars. These funds have a direct impact on communities across Tennessee, in both urban and rural areas. The $11.7M includes recurring state or federal funding only. These grants do not include additional one-time pandemic-related relief such as National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES), NEA American Rescue Plan (ARP), TN Nonprofit Arts & Culture Recovery Fund, or state COVID supplemental funding. Grant categories include Arts Access, Arts Education, Arts Project Support, Creative Placemaking, Partnership Support, Major Cultural Institutions, and Rural Arts Partnership.

The Commission’s allocations process involves a review by citizen advisory panels with expertise in appropriate arts disciplines and a review by the full 15-member Commission. Other grant opportunities are offered throughout the year with rolling deadlines for qualifying organizations including grants for Arts Build Communities and Student Ticket Subsidy. Additional information on grant programs offered by the Commission is available at tnartscommission.org.

Tennessee’s nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $1.17 billion in annual economic activity through quality of life, economic vitality, tourism and a more balanced education for our children. The Tennessee Arts Commission is the state arts agency whose mission is to cultivate the arts for the benefit of all Tennesseans and their communities.