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Rose Center Announces FY24 Arts Build Communities Grant

Rose Center Announces FY24 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 2024, seven organizations received grants totaling $18,160 through Rose Center. 


“The ABC grant program is a wonderful opportunity to bring innovative arts programming to communities all over the state of Tennessee,” said Rose Center Executive Director Beccy Hamm. “It’s always exciting to see what kinds of projects are proposed each year.” 


CWEET (Clean Water Expected in East Tennessee) will present their Art & Gardening Festival in April of 2024. The event, happening near the Pigeon River in Cocke County, features local musicians and storytellers, and showcases local artists and gardeners who present workshops for all ages.


Del Rio Elementary School will receive funding for a mural painted at the entrance. Students will be able to contribute suggestions for subject matter, and watch the artist bring those ideas to life.


East Tennessee Artscapes, also in Cocke County, will offer free metalsmithing and jewelry making workshops, one for adults and one for children.


Encore Theatrical Company used these funds to help produce “Matilda, the Musical,” in fall of 2023. The show featured approximately twenty young actors.


Friends of the White Pine Library used their ABC grant for a large mural on the outside of the building. The mural, which depicts the beauty of the nearby mountains, was intended to instill a sense of pride in the community.


Fuzion School of the Arts in Jefferson County will take their spring 2024 performance to 400 elementary and middle school students.


Hope & Thrive Academy received a grant for their “Hello World: Exploring the World Through Art” program. Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities will learn about the cultures of 25 countries on six continents through visual art, music and culinary experiences.


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, 2024, with an application deadline of July 1, 2024, for projects occurring August 15, 2024 through June 15, 2025. 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.

Rose Center, located at 442 W 2nd North Street in Morristown, is a United Way Agency. The nonprofit arts organization hosts classes, concerts, a professional art gallery, a local artists shop, and business and party rentals. More information is available at

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