NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Friday, June 3rd, State Senator Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) announced that $7,480 has been awarded to the Marshall County Community Theatre from the Tennessee Arts Commission. The Rural Art Support Grant is distributed 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.
“This is great news,” said Senator Tracy. “The arts are very important to our communities, especially in terms of education, economic development and cultural development. We are sure the Marshall County Community Theatre will put these funds to good use.”
“Tennessee is fortunate to have elected leaders who appreciate the importance of our vibrant arts and cultural heritage,” said Ann Pope, Executive Director of the Tennessee Arts Commission.
According to Pope, the Arts Commission will award approximately 1,000 community grants in both urban and rural areas through the 2017 fiscal year, totaling $5.5 million. 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 commission.