Nashville, TN – State Senator Tim Barnes (D-Adams) congratulated the Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council, Roxy Productions and the Houston County Arts Council this week for receiving Tennessee Arts Commission grants totaling $86,198.
“These organizations provide opportunities for our citizens to get involved with the arts and find their talents,” Barnes said. “They’re great members of our communities, and I’m proud to see them receive this support.”
The Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council will receive four grants totaling $52,698. The council sponsors a wide array of activities and events, including student art gallery shows and historic home tours.
Roxy Productions in Clarksville will receive $28,000. The Roxy Regional Theatre produces shows for students and the community, attracting more than 10,000 students annually and more than 18,000 patrons to its community and professional productions.
The Houston County Arts Council will receive $5,500. The non-profit corporation was formed in 2006 with the purpose of providing quality theatre, music, art and dance experiences for the Houston County area.
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 purchase collegiate/university, personalized, and specialty motor vehicle license plates. The Commission will award over 850 grants totaling more than $7.3 million dollars over the 2010-11 fiscal year.
“The arts are changing lives in Tennessee. They improve education when integrated into the curriculum. They contribute to our economy, make our communities exciting and livable, and make us better citizens,” said Ellen M. Hays, incoming chair of the Tennessee Arts Commission.