Norris Announces Local Arts Grant Recipient

On June 16, 2011, in News 2011, by Mark Norris


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June 16, 2011 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) has released the list of grant award recipients from the Tennessee Arts Commission for Fiscal Year 2011-2012 in the 32nd District.  The list includes a grant to the Covington Integrated Arts Academy for Arts Education through an Artist-in-Residence.  

In announcing the award, Senator Norris emphasized the contributions the arts make to the quality of life in Tennessee communities.  He said, “The Tennessee Arts Commission’s matching grants are made possible through state appropriations, funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by citizens across the state who purchase specialty license plates.  This truly is a collaborative effort.” 

“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 Ellen M. Hays, Chair of the Arts Commission. 

The Commission will award over 950 grants during Fiscal Year 2012, totaling more than $7.3 million.  These funds have a direct impact on communities across Tennessee, in both urban and rural areas.  There are over 15 grant categories covering a range of support for the arts.  The Commission’s allocation process involves a review by citizen advisory panels made up of Tennesseans with expertise in appropriate disciplines and approval by the 15-member Tennessee Arts Commission. 

“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 Hays.  “The Commission is fortunate to have a dedicated revenue source from the specialty license plates which Tennesseans voluntarily purchase each year.”  The plates provided $5.4 million for grant awards. 

“I am proud to see an institution like the Covington Integrated Arts Academy receive a grant such as this and know that they will put the allotted funds to good use for the benefit of our young people and the community they serve,” Norris added.  “Promoting the arts promotes the unique and beautiful culture that is Tennessee.” 

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 grants offered by the Tennessee Arts Commission is available at  

A long-time member of the General Assembly Arts Caucus, Senator Norris has served as Majority Leader since January 2007.  Norris represents the West Tennessee Counties of Shelby, Tipton, Lauderdale, and Dyer.

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