Rogersville groups awarded Tennessee Arts Commission grants

Jeff Bobo • Jul 5, 2013 at 10:12 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Two Hawkins County organizations have been awarded a total of $8,820 by the Tennessee Arts Commission.

The Rogersville Heritage Association was awarded a Tennessee Arts Commission Rural Arts Project Support II (Non-Arts Organizations) Grant for 2013 in the amount of $5,720.

The grant funding will be used exclusively for the arts portion of the annual Heritage Days festival in October to include heritage music, dance, artisan demonstrations and exhibits.

Specifically the grant benefits the art, photography, needlework, quilt and antique farm equipment show, as well as the Civil War encampment exhibit at Crockett Spring Park, located within the historic district of downtown Rogersville.

“Heritage Days is truly a community celebration that brings multiple generations of families, friends and business together to celebrate the rich heritage of Rogersville and upper East Tennessee,” said RHA Director Angie Proffitt. “The RHA is honored to offer this opportunity to the citizens of our community and the thousands of visitors who attend the festival each year.”

The Arts, Culture, Enrichment Council of Hawkins County was also awarded a $3,100 Tennessee Arts Commission grant.

“I am sure these organizations will do a wonderful job in promoting the arts,” said Sen. Frank Niceley (R-Strawberry Plains).

Rep. Mike Harrison, R-Rogersville, added, “These funds enable us to promote the arts so that they will be part of the heritage for future generations of Tennesseans.”

Each year the Tennessee Arts Commission awards community grants based on a review process by citizen advisory panels.

The panels are made up of Tennesseans with expertise in appropriate disciplines and are subject to a final review by the full 15-member Tennessee Arts Commission.

The Tennessee Arts Commission’s matching grant is made possible through an appropriation of funds by the General Assembly, federal dollars from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by Tennesseans who buy specialty license plates.

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