7th Annual Valentine’s Afternoon with the Arts

Friday, January 15, 2016 Comments Off on 7th Annual Valentine’s Afternoon with the Arts

Clarksvilleans can buy Valentine’s gifts from local artists, sample champagne and heart-healthy chocolates from local caterers, and enjoy chamber music by local musicians at the seventh annual Valentine’s Day Afternoon with the Arts on Sunday, February 14.

The Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council and F&M Bank are hosting this event from 1pm until 4pm in F&M Bank’s Franklin Room (50 Franklin Street), with its spectacular views of downtown and the Cumberland River.

Over the past seven years, this event has showcased the work of over 70 talented local artists. Featured artists for this year’s Valentine’s Day Afternoon with the Arts include:

  • Bettye Holte
  • Allene Phy-Olsen
  • LuAnnette Butler
  • John Butler
  • Jane Olson
  • Yvonne Wheeler
  • Steven M. Walker
  • Ray Szczepaniak
  • Richard Rois
  • Randy Spurgeon
  • Thorncraft Pottery
  • Olen Bryant (weather permitting)

As artists are often the first to donate their works to area organizations for auctions and fundraisers, this event is AHDC’s way of recognizing their contributions to the community and giving them a chance to sell their work with no fees attached.

AHDC also uses the event to showcase the edible art of local caterers. Some past contributors of chocolate confections have been Lovin’ Spoonful Cafe, The Looking Glass, Edward’s Steakhouse, Blackhorse Pub and Brewery, Gingham Cafe, Fire and Ice Catering, Chartwells, Silke’s Old World Bread and Bakery, Ruby Tuesday and Sweetest Batch Cupcakery.  Margie Crain always offers savory appetizers to complement the chocolates.

What both sets of individuals — artists and caterers — contribute to our local economy is sometimes overlooked. Through this Valentine’s event, Arts and Heritage recognizes the economic and quality-of-life importance to Clarksville of these community members.

Tickets are $25 each, or two for $40. Reservations can be made via the below button, or by calling 931.551.8870.

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2016 Cultural Calendars Now Available

Saturday, December 5, 2015 Comments Off on 2016 Cultural Calendars Now Available

Calendar2016_thumbJust in time for the holidays, the Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council is offering the perfect stocking stuffer — our 2016 Cultural Calendar.

This year’s wall calendar features the work of local artists Leo Adames, Dianne Campbell, Michael Campbell, Janet Felts, Robert Gandy, Terri Jordan, Lisa Kemmer, Betty Pierce Liles, James Lindsey, Shane Moore, Beverly Parker, R.C. Rois, Patsy Sharpe and David E. Smith.

Artists were encouraged to submit original work related to Clarksville and Montgomery County for inclusion in this eighth annual publication. Area landmarks and points of interest including the Customs House Museum, Franklin Street, Cumberland River, Spur Line Park, Strawberry Alley, Woodlawn and Cunningham are showcased through photographs, paintings and drawings.

In addition, each month lists some of the rich opportunities Clarksvillians have to enjoy in the form of musical and theatrical productions, art exhibits, and historical talks and tours.

Printing services for the calendar were provided by Jostens Printing & Publishing.

Calendars, priced at $7 each, are available at Seasons (located inside the Customs House Museum); Downtown Artists Co-op; and online via the below button.

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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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