Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council

Clarksville Writers' Conference

The Clarksville Writers' Conference will take place July 28-31, 2010.

For more information, look at the Clarksville Writers' Conference in Development.

April Artist Spotlight

Purple Rain by Gabriel Wardeiner
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Purple Rain by Gabriel Wardeiner

This month's Artist Spotlight is on Gabriel Wardeiner. You can find this month's spotlight painting by clicking on its title above. This painting is part of the Cultural Calendar which highlights a painting for each month.

Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council
Invites Organizations to Apply for Arts Project Funds

Organizations seeking funding for artistic and cultural projects that benefit the community are invited to apply for an Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant. Arts Build Communities (ABC) is a program funded by the Tennessee General Assembly and administered by the Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council in cooperation with the Tennessee Arts Commission. ABC grants offer financial support for arts projects in all disciplines such as dance, music, opera/musical theater, theater, visual arts, design arts, crafts, photography, media arts, literature, interdisciplinary, and folk arts.

Funds awarded to a single organization in this grant category range from $500 to $3,000. Eligible organizations in the counties of Montgomery, Dickson, Houston, Stewart and Humphreys can apply for these grant funds. In order to be eligible, applicants must be state-recognized, non-profit (501c3) organizations or government entities and must be able to provide a dollar-for-dollar match toward the single proposed project. In addition, the proposed project must occur between October 15, 2009, and June 15, 2010.

Interested applicants can download the following documents:

ABC FY2010 Guidelines (PDF)
ABC FY2010 Application (PDF)

Please read the guidelines carefully and be sure to include all supplementary documents in addition to the application itself. Sample documents and other information can be found on the ABC grant section of the Tennessee Art Commission website at Completed ABC applications are due to the Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council by 4:30 pm on Friday, August 28, 2009. A representative from the applying organization should be present at an open panel review, beginning at 11am on Thursday, September 24, 2009, at the Customs House Museum in Clarksville, to answer questions that may arise about the application or proposed project. Awards will then be announced in mid-October.

For more information, please contact Diane Batson-Smith, Executive Director of the Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council, at (931)551-8870 or

Cultural Calendar Submissions Now Being Accepted

The Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council created an annual desk calendar for 2009. Each month features an artist's work, along with various events and arts and heritage items of the past and present. Through a juried competition, twelve pieces of artwork were selected to appear with the calendar of events for each month of the year. Among other locations, these calendars are sold at the Customs House Museum's "Seasons" Gift Shop.

Arts and Heritage Development Council is currently taking submissions for the 2010 calendar. For more information, please download the Cultural Calendar Application. Submissions must be received by June 15, 2009.

Diane Batson-Smith
Exec. Director
Arts and Heritage
Development Council
Clarksville, Tennessee

Mission Statement
The Arts and Heritage Development Council's mission is to assist Arts and Heritage organizations in their efforts to market, develop and present quality programs, while enhancing arts awareness throughout the community, and contributing positively to economic development, thus improving overall quality of life.  

The Arts and Heritage Development Council (AHDC) be considered the premier community resource for arts and heritage program information. That business, education, arts and heritage program partnerships are implemented on an even wider scale. Through the AHDC efforts, affliate's organizational development and marketing support enhances program participation, self-sustainment, and strengthens their capacity to entertain, inform, as they bring life in our community through their programming.