Cloudland Elementary earns grant for arts project

From Staff Reports

   The Tennessee Arts Commission awarded Cloudland Elementary School a $4,100 grant as one of several award recipients for fiscal year 2005.
   Cloudland Elementary won the award for their arts project, Turning Hearts Home.
   State Sen. Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City) and Rep. Jerome Cochran (R-Elizabethton) announced the award recipients from the Tennessee Arts Commission for fiscal year that began July 1.
   In announcing the awards, Crowe emphasized the contributions the arts make to the quality of life in Tennessee communities. "This program contributes to the vibrant culture we share as Tennesseans," said Crowe.
   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 purchased specialty license plates.
   "We thank Senator Crowe for his leadership and support in helping the Tennessee Arts Commission build better communities through the arts," said Nancy DeFriece, chair of the Tennessee Arts Commission.
   According to DeFriece, the commission expects to award over 700 grants during fiscal year 2005. These funds have a direct impact on communities across Tennessee, in both urban and rural areas. Grant categories include: Arts Project Support, Individual Artist Fellowships, Major Cultural Institutions, Rural Arts Project Support, and Student Ticket Subsidy.
   The commission's allocation process involves a review by citizen advisory panels made up of Tennesseans with expertise in appropriate arts disciplines and a review by the full 15-member Tennessee Arts Commission.
   "We were pleased with the amount of funding available to our grantees," said DeFriece. "Two-thirds of our grant funding was made possible through the sale of specialty license plates."
   The Tennessee Arts Commission is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to ensure the citizens of Tennessee have access to and participate in the arts.