Call For Artwork Submissions: 2016 Cultural Calendar

Thursday, August 27, 2015 Comments Off on Call For Artwork Submissions: 2016 Cultural Calendar


The Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council is putting out a call to artists who are interested in having their work featured in our eighth annual Cultural Calendar.

Each month will feature an artist’s work and highlight upcoming arts and heritage events. Submitted work will be juried to determine which piece is featured each month, as well as which artwork appears on the cover. As in years past, calendars will be available through our website, as well as in the Customs House Museum’s “Seasons” gift shop and other locations around town.

This year’s wall calendar will feature work related to Montgomery County, Tennessee. It may focus on a detail from a building or piece of public art or a scene from downtown Clarksville, or it may depict a view of a farm, county road, or local park. Literally, the sky is the limit, as long as it is observed in Montgomery County.

Artwork will be accepted via email ( and mail (AHDC, PO Box 555, Clarksville TN 37041) through Monday, September 14. Submitted images must be in JPEG format with at least a 300 dpi resolution. As this year’s calendar is a wall calendar, submitted images should be horizontally-oriented. Please submit no more than two pieces.

For complete specifications, please download the 2016 Cultural Calendar Application Form.

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‘C’ is for Clarksville on the Cumberland

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 Comments Off on ‘C’ is for Clarksville on the Cumberland

We are pleased to announce our forthcoming alphabet-art book, ‘C’ is for Clarksville on the Cumberland.”

‘C’ is for Clarksville on the Cumberland highlights the history, culture, environment and geography which make up the city’s rich and unique heritage. Although the book has a target audience of children aged 4 through 10, anyone interested in Clarksville should find something worth noting in this limited-edition collectors’ book.

Featuring cover design by BLF Marketing partner Frank Lott and layout by graphic artists Mike Fink and Cindy Marsh, the book’s focal points are illustrations by 34 local artists, including Ludie Amos, Kim Balevre, Peggy Bonnington, Guy Bozard, Leslie Campbell, Melanie Dennis, Paula Baggett Edwards, Janet Felts, Leah Foote, Rob Franklin, Nada Fuqua, Bob Gandy, Lynne Waters Griffey, Jim Hancock, Brandt Hardin, Heather N. James, Beverly Jenkins, Sarah Lancia, Tamara Long, Frank Lott, Judy Morgan, Gail Meyer, Beverly Parker, Nathan Parker, Bob Privett, Billy Renkl, Kathy Robinson, Glenda Rohner, Rick Rois, Dianne Simpson, David Smith, Terry Smith, Randy Spurgeon, Linda Stolz, Cliff Whittaker and Shea Halliburton Wright.

Representing a variety of media — including watercolors, acrylics, drawings, photography, fabric art, tile mosaics, metal sculptures and wood carvings — letter categories include Aviation, Black Hawk Corn Sheller, Customs House, Dunbar Cave, East End, Forts, Governors (Austin Peay and Wylie Blount), Home Infirmary, Iron, Cave Johnson, Karst, L&N Railroad, Military, Newspapers, Old-Time Fiddlers’ Championships, Paddlewheelers, Queen City, Wilma Rudolph, Spires, Tobacco, University, Valentine Sevier, Robert Penn Warren, eXits 1-4-8-11, Yuchi Indian Culture and Zinc.

A book launch party will be held at 5:30pm on Tuesday, October 21, at the L&N Train Depot (10th and Commerce Streets). Original illustrations from the book will be available for purchase, and artists and authors will be on hand to sign copies of ‘C’ is for Clarksville on the Cumberland.

‘C’ is for Clarksville on the Cumberland books are $22.00 each (including tax), plus a $6.00 shipping and handling fee. Anticipated publication date is October 20, 2014, but copies are currently available for pre-order.  Books may be reserved either online via the below button, or by mailing a check and completed pre-order form to: Clarksville/Montgomery County Arts and Heritage Development Council, PO Box 555, Clarksville TN 37041. (If you would prefer to pick up your copy instead, you will be notified by telephone or email when the books are available for pick-up.)

This project was made possible in part through the generous support of Jostens Print & Publishing and Planters Bank. Proceeds from the sale of the book will be used for community projects that highlight Clarksville’s vibrant arts activities and rich cultural heritage.


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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, and the application can be accessed at 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

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