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Rose Center Announces Arts Build Communities Grant Recipients

Rose Center serves five East Tennessee counties as a Designated Agency of the Tennessee Arts

Commission, overseeing the Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant program. For fiscal year 2023,

five organizations received grants totaling $13,695 through Rose Center.

CWEET (Clean Water Expected in East Tennessee) will present their Art & Gardening Festival in

April of 2023. The event, happening near the Pigeon River, local musicians and storytellers, and

showcases local artists and gardeners who present workshops for all ages.

East Tennessee Artscapes will offer free metalsmithing and jewelry making workshops, one for

adults and one for children.

Encore Theatrical Company will produce “The Velveteen Rabbit,” the 2023 show for their Young

Stars Series. Young people ages 7-14 will present six performances in late spring of 2023.

HOLA Lakeway received a grant

for Morristown Voices, a community media arts initiative,

engaging immigrant youth in regional history, mediamaking and public exhibition. The project

develops digital stories and advances community priorities for an inclusive East Tennessee.

        Hope & Thrive Academy received a grant for their Exploring Careers in the Arts Industry

program. Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities will learn about careers in the

arts industry through a fashion show and other programming.

These grants are available each year to nonprofits offering arts programs. Organizations in

Hamblen, Jefferson, Cocke, Grainger and Claiborne counties may apply through Rose Center.

The next grant cycle begins April 1, 2023, with an application deadline of July 1, 2023, for

projects occurring August 15, 2023 through June 15, 2024. Applicants may request up to $5000

for their projects, but a dollar-for-dollar match is required. Detailed information is available at

or by calling Rose Center, 423-581-4330. A grant workshop will be

held later in the spring.

Eighty percent (80%) of the funds for these grants come from the sale of Tennessee Specialty

License Plates. Forty percent (40%) of the extra fee for ANY of these plates, and 90% of the

ARTS plates fees, goes to the Tennessee Arts Commission. ABC grants are available to nonprofit

organizations and governmental agencies (schools and libraries, for example) in all 95

Tennessee counties. The ABC grant program is designed to provide support for arts projects that broaden access to arts experiences, address community quality of life issues through the arts, or enhance the sustainability of asset-based

cultural enterprises.This project is being supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number SLFRP5534

awarded to the State of Tennessee by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Helpful Links for Applicants:
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