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Metro Arts Announces Community Grant Awards

Jennifer Cole

“Arts Build Communities” Grants Support Innovative, Impactful Projects

The Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission (Metro Arts) today announced $29,380 in grant awards to 14 nonprofit organizations in Davidson County as part of the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Arts Build Communities (ABC) Program.

ABC is a program funded by the Tennessee General Assembly and administered in cooperation with the Tennessee Arts Commission and designated agencies throughout Tennessee. Awards range from $500 to $2500 and support community-focused arts projects. Metro Arts is the designated agency for the ABC funds in Davidson County.

These grants will support a variety of projects, including a dance program designed for differently abled children; a cultural street festival in North Nashville; group ukulele instruction for Nashville seniors; artist residency for visual artists who use recycled materials, among others. Funded projects and activities will take place between Aug. 16, 2016 and June 15, 2017.

Fiscal Year 2016-17 Arts Build Communities – Davidson County Grant Awards

Group Amount
African American Cultural Alliance $2,325.00
Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville $2,265.00
Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville $2,150.00
Global Outreach Developments International $2,250.00
Hands On Nashville $1,720.00
Intersection $2,290.00
Music For Seniors $2,500.00
National Museum of African American Music $1,870.00
New Dialect $2,165.00
Rejoice School of Ballet $1,040.00
Rocketown of Middle Tennessee $2,375.00
Salama Urban Ministries, Inc. $2,375.00
Tennessee Women’s Theater Project $2,215.00
Turnip Green Creative Reuse $1,840.00

The entire listing of fiscal year 2016-2017 ABC grant recipients and information about other Metro Arts grant programs is available on the Metro Arts grants page at

About the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission

The Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission provides leadership that stimulates and advances art and culture to enrich the human experience for the community. More information about grants, training and programs is available at Metro Arts receives operational support from the Tennessee Arts Commission.