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Senator Barnes announces local recipients of Tennessee Arts Commission grants

Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council, City of Clarksville Parks & Recreation and Roxy Productions, Inc. awarded matching grants.

The Tennessee Arts CommissionNASHVILLE – Senator Tim Barnes has released the list of grant award recipients from the Tennessee Arts Commission for Fiscal Year 2010 (July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2010) in the 22nd district, which includes Cheatham, Houston and Montgomery Counties.

  • The Clarksville Arts and Heritage Development Council received  $7,400.
  • City of Clarksville Department of Parks and Recreation received $4,600.
  • Roxy Productions, Inc. received $25,000
  • The Houston County Arts Council received $6,650

“The arts are important; they improve education when integrated into curriculum, contribute to our economy, and make our communities exciting,” stated Sen. Barnes. “The organizations that will benefit from these grants this year will be able to continue to provide Montgomery County with invaluable services that enhance our daily lives.”

“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,” said Kim McClamroch, incoming chair of the Tennessee Arts Commission.

According to McClamroch, the Commission will award over 850 grants during Fiscal Year 2010, totaling more than $7.6 million dollars. These funds have a direct impact on communities across Tennessee, in both urban and rural areas. Grant categories include: Arts Build Communities, Arts Access, Arts Education, Arts Project Support, Funds For At-Risk Youth, General Operating Support, Individual Artist Fellowship, Major Cultural Institution, Rural Arts Project Support, Student Ticket Subsidy, Technical Assistance, Touring, Special Opportunities, and Professional Development Support.

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 and final approval by the full 15-member Tennessee Arts Commission.

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 and collegiate license plates. The sale of specialty and collegiate license plates, which are voluntarily purchased by Tennesseans each year, make up $5.5 million of the Commission’s grant funding.

The Tennessee Arts Commission is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences that add value to the lives of every citizen, and enhances the quality of life in Tennessee communities.

Additional information on grant programs offered by the Tennessee Arts Commission is available at: www.arts.state.tn.us

About Senator Tim Barnes

senator tim barnesSen. Tim Barnes represents Cheatham, Houston, and Montgomery Counties. You can contact his office at sen.tim.barnes@capitol.tn.gov or 1-800-449-8366, extension 1-2374 or 305 War Memorial Building, Nashville, TN 37243-0222.



  1. You know what I don’t understand is why the Roxy got more Free money then the others. Like for the Parks and Recreation Department, which hosts free events for families to enjoy in the summertime, they got the lowest amount. I know I read a few months back that the Roxy was given like $100,000(maybe more maybe less) from some retired man who didn’t have anything better to do with his money. I’ve never seen the Roxy host anything for free, their childrens workshop where some special kids get to be in like Aladin Jr. cost $30+ and the children who pay to be in the show don’t even get chosen for any leading roles. So maybe I’m wrong on this one, but I’ve yet to see any leading roles by hispanics or African American. My main concern is why is the Parks and Recreation Department getting so much less when they host so many FREE activities to children especially in the summer. Take Tennis for example, we all know how costly Tennis can be not only for adults but for children. The Parks and Recreation offer tennis lessons to children for FREE for a 6-8 week course during the summer. That is something to really take advantage of. I just don’t understand where the departments that are actually helping the city are getting less funds.

  2. The Roxy does a lot in our community. Their school of the arts takes theatre to our schools. They offer classes in acting for what is really a minimal fee. They contribute a lot to the culture in our community. The Roxy Regional Theatre is a 501,c 3 non-profit organization.


    I wouldn’t begrudge the Parks and Recreation Department from getting more money, but I also don’t begrudge the Roxy getting what they got.

    The Arts grants are for just that, the Arts. The Parks and Recreation Department gets a lot of other money that isn’t available to the Roxy.

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