Organizations Invited to Apply for Arts Build Communities (ABC) Grant Funds

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 Comments Off on Organizations Invited to Apply for Arts Build Communities (ABC) Grant Funds

 

The Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council invites organizations seeking funding for artistic and cultural projects that benefit the community to apply for an Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant.

Arts Build Communities (ABC) is a program funded by the Tennessee Arts Commission and administered by the Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council (AHDC) in cooperation with the Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC).  ABC grants offer financial support for arts projects in all disciplines such as dance, music, opera/musical theatre, theatre, visual arts, design arts, crafts, photography, media arts, literature, interdisciplinary and folk arts.  Providing support for arts and cultural projects that positively impact communities across Tennessee, the grants are designed to help effect positive change in communities through the arts. Funding can be used for arts and cultural projects which address social issues; strengthen community engagement; target youth for after-school initiatives; enhance a community’s identity or brand; add value to tourism efforts; and encourage further economic development.

A free grant workshop and information session for interested applicants will be held at the Customs House Museum (200 S Second Street) in Clarksville on Tuesday, April 28, from 4:00pm to 5:00pm.  While attendance at the workshop is not mandatory, first-time applicants are strongly encouraged to attend.

Funds awarded to a single organization in this grant category range from $500 to $2,000.  Eligible organizations in the counties of Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Robertson and Stewart can apply for these grant funds.  In order to be eligible, applicants must be state-recognized, 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations or government entities (including public schools and libraries) and must be able to provide a dollar-for-dollar match toward the single proposed project.  In addition, the proposed project must occur between August 16, 2015, and June 15, 2016.  Any organization currently receiving Major Cultural Institution, Cultural Education Partnership, or Partnership Support funding for FY2016 is not eligible to apply.

Applications must be submitted online through the Tennessee Arts Commission’s eGrant system by 4:30pm (CST) on July 1, 2015. Guidelines are available at http://tn.gov/arts/FY16_ABC_Guidelines.pdf, and the application can be accessed at www.tn.gov/arts. Once there, scroll over “Grants” on the left side of the home page, and click on the eGrant button to access the ABC application. Faxed, mailed, or hand delivered applications will not be accepted.

A representative from the applying organization should be present at an open panel review beginning at 10:00am on Friday, July 24, 2015, at the Customs House Museum (200 S Second Street, Clarksville) to answer questions which may arise about the application or proposed project.  Awards will then be announced in mid-August.

All events sponsored in part or entirely with ABC funds must be open to the general public.  Community involvement is an important component in the planning and implementation of ABC projects.  Since ABC awards are not restricted to arts organizations, this grant program brings the arts to a larger segment of the community through arts projects at public schools, libraries and other service organizations.

For more information, please contact Ellen Kanervo, Executive Director of the Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council, at (931)551-8870 or artsandheritage@cdelightband.net.

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“Cannonballs to New Orleans” Luncheon: Saturday, November 15

Thursday, October 16, 2014 Comments Off on “Cannonballs to New Orleans” Luncheon: Saturday, November 15

In 1814 we took a little trip
Along with Colonel Jackson down the mighty Mississip
We took a little bacon and we took a little beans
And we caught the bloody British in the town of New Orleans

We fired our guns and the British kept a’comin’
There wasn’t nigh as many as there was a while ago
We fired once more and they began to runnin’
On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

[Johnny Horton, “Battle of New Orleans,” 1959]

In November 1814, about 215 Middle Tennesseans under the command of Colonel John Cocke, former Montgomery County sheriff, boarded flat-bottom boats for a treacherous journey down the Cumberland, Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to join Major General Andrew Jackson’s 7th US Infantry Regiment in New Orleans.

This November, Clarksvillians will again gather to send Volunteer Reenactors to fight with Jackson in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of this famous battle.

In addition to troops, guns, powder, and supplies, the Militia soldiers also transported cannonballs cast at Ironmaster Montgomery Bell’s Cumberland Furnace in Dickson County that were used in the Battle of New Orleans on the 8th of January 1815.

Starting at 9:00am on Saturday, November 15, War of 1812 Reenactors from five states will be at McGregor Park to talk with visitors about weapons, uniforms, food and medicine common to the period. Then at 11:00am Clarksville can give them a rousing send-off on the Aux Arc, a 40-foot replica of keelboats that would have taken Tennessee volunteers on the long journey to New Orleans.

Those who have bought tickets for the price of a $20 “Andrew Jackson” can celebrate the successful launch over lunch with fellow Clarksvillian and Tennessee governor from 1809 to 1815 Willie Blount, Rachel and Andrew Jackson, and President James Madison. Tickets are available for purchase by check or cash through the Clarksville-Montgomery County Historical Society and Clarksville-Montgomery County Arts & Heritage Development Council or by credit card via PayPal. (Online reservations carry a $2.00 convenience fee.)

2Rivers Paint-Out: October 10 and 11

Monday, August 11, 2014 Comments Off on 2Rivers Paint-Out: October 10 and 11

 
Come and capture Clarksville’s charm at the 2Rivers Paint-Out on Friday and Saturday, October 10 and 11, 2014.

From Clarksville’s natural vistas — including the Riverwalk, Dunbar Cave State Park, Upland Trail Greenway and Rotary Park — to its cultural and historical landmarks — such as the Customs House Museum, Roxy Regional Theatre, Fort Defiance, L&N Train Station and area churches — the city offers a wealth of inspiration.

We hope you will join us as a participant in this year’s event. Three top prizes and three honorable mentions will be awarded in an exhibition and art sale on the final evening.

For more information, please check out the 2Rivers Paint-Out website at www.artsandheritage.us/paintout. Deadline for registration is Tuesday, September 30, 2014. This event will be held, rain or shine, and covered areas are available.

Category: AHDC Events, Events, News

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