NASHVILLE, TN - The Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission, or Metro Arts, granted approximately $42,000 to 13 nonprofit groups as part of the Tennessee Arts Commission's Arts Build Communities (ABC). Metro Arts announced the grants following a board meeting on Aug. 19.
The Tennessee Arts Commission and designated entities around Tennessee organize ABC collaboratively, while the Tennessee General Assembly funds the program. ABC provides up to $3500 to nonprofits in Davidson County to support community-focused arts initiatives, with a total of $41,973 allocated based on each successful applicant's panel assessment.
Among the awardees of this year's program are Walk Bike Nashville and Numinous Flux Dance Company. Walk Bike Nashville is a first-time awardee from the program. During Open Streets Nashville this October, Walk Bike Nashville will pay artists to offer workshops and enliven Buchanan Street with art, music, and dancing. Numinous Flux Company will collaborate with various community partners to provide dance workshops and film screenings.
Among the ABC funding applications, there was a recurring theme of programs that amplify underrepresented voices. Many of them try to address those voices through artistic programming and residencies, like Chatterbird who will use the funds to support a Black-centered creative residency to support healing aural responses at sites of racial trauma and oppression. Verge Theater Company will use the funds to support their Black Future Month, a month-long celebration of black history and culture.
“We’re grateful for this long-standing partnership with the Tennessee Arts Commission,” said Metro Arts Executive Director Caroline Vincent. She believes that ABC grants help ensure that citizens in Nashville have access to creativity and art.
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