Rose Center celebrates Arts Build Communities Grant recipients

Rose Center Council for the Arts invites the Lakeway region to recognize the accomplishments of the 2019 Arts Build Communities grant recipients.

With many projects winding down, Rose Center would like to take a moment to congratulate the recipients on the great programs and events they produced, which were funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission through the ABC Grant program.

According to Candy Durman, the coordinator of the ABC grant program for Rose Center, several qualifying groups applied for funding back in May of 2018.

Of those, six were awarded funds through the Arts Build Communities grants, a matching-grant program.

Three awards were given to Hamblen County organizations: Crossroads Downtown Partnership, Hidden Treasures Academy, and the Hamblen County Board of Education. One award was given to Cocke County’s Clean Water Expected in East Tennessee.

One award was also given to Mossy Creek Historic Foundation in Jefferson County. Lastly, the Clinch-Powell Resource and Development Council was awarded funding for music programs that took place in Hancock County.

Rose Center Council for the Arts is the Designated Agency of the Tennessee Arts Commission serving Hamblen, Grainger, Cocke, Jefferson, and Claiborne Counties in East Tennessee.

In Hamblen County, Crossroads Downtown Partnership used the awarded funds to support a mural project downtown that partners local artists with area high school art students.

Hidden Treasures Academy is using the awarded funds to implement art and music therapy components into their regular programming. The Hamblen County Board of Education uses ABC funds to provide elementary school students access to six weeks of free art education through their Young Artist Workshop.

In Jefferson County, Mossy Creek Historic District used the ABC funds to produce their “Light The Night” Christmas event, which took place at Historic Mossy Creek Station this past December. In Cocke County, Clean Water Expected in East Tennesseee (CWEET) is using ABC funds to produce their annual spring festival “Art & Gardening on Cosby,” which will take place this spring. In Hancock County, the Clinch-Powell RC&D used ABC funds to support a season of concerts held at River Place on Clinch.

Each May, Rose Center Council for the Arts hosts a series of workshops to help educate communities on the availability of funds, application restrictions, and the overall application process. Qualifying nonprofits, government entities, and educational institutions are invited to apply for ABC funds each year. The next workshop will be held on May 20 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Rose Center Council for the Arts.

There will also be a small reception for the 2019 grant recipients as part of Rose Center’s Peer-to-Peer support program for ABC applicants.

“The best teachers are often the folks who have already been through the grant process in the past. So, helping local organizations build successful networks of support and strong working-relationships with other organizations is a huge goal of ours. When we work together, and support each other, great things happen in East Tennessee,” says Candy Durman of the peer-mentoring program.

For more information on the Arts Build Communities Grant program through the Tennessee Arts Commission, please visit: