Sen. Katrina Robinson announces Tennessee Arts Commission grants

Funding cultivates art in the community

Tennessee Senate Democrats
2 min readJul 9, 2020

MEMPHIS — Sen. Katrina Robinson (D-Memphis) announced the Tennessee Art Commission grant award winners from Senate District 33, which includes southern portions of Memphis.

Photo credit: Cazateatro Bilingual Theatre Group Facebook

The winners include: Cazateatro Bilingual Theatre Group, Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Theatre Memphis.

The Tennessee Arts Commission began awarding the series of grants in July.

“I am very pleased to announce these annual grants that support Tennessee’s communities and schools through the arts,” Sen. Robinson said. “These investments help cultivate the arts across Tennessee, including Shelby County, which benefit all of us through quality of life, economic development, tourism, and providing a more balanced education for our children.”

Senator Katrina Robinson, Senate District 33

The commission expects to award approximately 1,000 grants totaling up to $7 million, including CARES Act funds, before next July, according to Anne B. Pope, executive director for the Tennessee Arts Commission. Grant categories include Arts Access, Arts Education, Arts Project Support, Partnership Support, Major Cultural Institutions and Rural Arts Partnership. The funds directly support the arts in both urban and rural areas.

“Tennessee is fortunate to have elected leaders who understand the positive impact arts and culture has on Tennesseans and their communities,” Pope said. “Arts and culture are vital tools for attracting and retaining businesses, and help build stronger communities by enhancing the distinctive character of Tennessee places.”

Tennessee’s nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $1.17 billion in annual economic activity through quality of life, economic vitality, tourism and a more balanced education for our children. The Tennessee Arts Commission is the state arts agency whose mission is to cultivate the arts for the benefit of all Tennesseans and their communities.

There will be additional grant opportunities offered throughout the year for qualifying organizations including grants for Arts Build Communities and Student Ticket Subsidy. Information about grant programs is available at