(NASHVILLE, TN) — State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) announced today that two arts grants have been awarded to non-profit organizations in Campbell County from the Tennessee Arts Commission totaling a combined $11,130.  The 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.

Campbell Culture Coalition will receive an $8,700 grant and Postmark LaFollette will receive a $2,430 grant in the category of Rural Arts Project Support.

“I am very pleased these grants have been awarded to Campbell Culture Coalition and Postmark LaFollette,” said Senator Yager.  “Investment in arts and culture offers all of us an enhanced quality of life, provides children with a more complete education, stimulates economic development and helps attract tourists to our communities.  I know these organizations will put the grants to good use and was happy to support their application.”

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 Arts Commission. Yager said this is the first series of grants that will be made throughout the 2020 fiscal year.  The Commission will award over 1,000 community grants through the 2019-2020 fiscal year, totaling $6.5 million.

“I hope we will continue to see more arts grant awards in Campbell County,” added Yager.  “I urge local arts organizations and artists to apply for these funds.”

Applications can be found at the Arts Commission’s website at:  http://tnartscommission.org/art-grants/.

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