State Rep. Kevin Brooks has released the list of grant award recipients from the Tennessee Arts Commission for Fiscal Year 2013 (July 1, 2012–June 30, 2013) in the 24th Legislative District.
These include Lee University ($1,200), Cleveland State Community College ($1,850), and Cleveland/Bradley Chamber Foundation ($5,400).
In announcing the awards, Rep. Brooks emphasized the contributions the arts make to the quality of life in Tennessee communities. He stated, “The Tennessee Arts Commissions’ 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 purchase specialty license plates.”
Bob Wormsley, incoming chair of the Commission said, “This state is indeed fortunate to have elected leaders who support the work of the Tennessee Arts Commission in building better communities through the arts.”
According to Mr. Wormsley, the Commission will award over 900 grants during Fiscal Year 2013, totaling more than $7.5 million. These funds have a direct impact on communities across Tennessee, in both urban and rural areas. Grant categories include: Arts Access, Arts Education, Arts Project Support, Partnership Support, Individual Artist Fellowships, Major Cultural Institutions, Rural Arts Project Support, Student Ticket Subsidy, Technical Assistance, Touring, Special Opportunities, and Professional Development Support.
Rep. Kevin Brooks serves the 24th Legislative District in Cleveland and Bradley County. Rep. Brooks and his wife, Kim are actively involved in their community and local schools with their two children, Zach who is attending Lee University and Elizabeth who attends Cleveland High.