ArtsBuild Announces New Grant Programs

ArtsBuild will be accepting applications for two new grant programs this spring: Mission Support Grants and Program/Project Support Grants.

Mission Support Grants replace our current Cultural Partner grant program and are designed to support access to the arts by providing general operating funds to eligible organizations that have arts at the center of their mission.

Interested organizations that have not received Cultural Partner funding in the past must contact Rodney Van Valkenburg at (423) 777-4214 or by March 10, 2017. Application deadline is March 31, 2017.

Program/Project Support Grants support access to the arts by providing funds for arts programs and projects to eligible arts and non-arts non-profit organizations and government entities.

Applications will be available March 3, 2017. Deadline is April 30, 2017.

Mission Support Grant Application 2017/2018

DEADLINE - March 31, 2017

Project/Program Support Grant Application 2017/2018

DEADLINE - April 30, 2017

Equity in the Arts Grants

ArtsBuild, with support from the Benwood Foundation, has created a new Equity in the Arts grant program to support projects led by local Black and Latino artists.

Grants up to $10,000 will be awarded to individual artists and organizations. The goals for the new grant program are to help build the careers of local Black and Latino artists; increase sustainability of cultural organizations that focus on Black and Latino arts; build community awareness of Black and Latino arts within Hamilton County; and to support collaborations between Black and Latino artists and other arts organizations within the community.

The deadline to submit a Letter of Intent to apply for this grant was December 16, 2016. For additional information about the Equity in the Arts grant program, contact Rodney Van Valkenburg at ArtsBuild: or (423) 777-4214.

Community Cultural Connections Grants

In response to Imagine Chattanooga 20/20, ArtsBuild implemented a program which makes arts and culture more accessible to underserved populations, inclusive of geographic area, ethnicity, age and individuals with disabilities.

The Diversity section of Imagine Chattanooga 20/20 suggests the following goal:
“To ensure that neighborhoods and underserved communities are better served, a special neighborhood arts and culture program should be developed that provides small grants for neighborhood and community cultural initiatives.”

Funding for the Community Cultural Connections (CCC) grants was provided by the Lyndhurst Foundation, Hamilton County Commissioner Tim Boyd, and generous community contributions.

Community Cultural Connections Grant Application


FY 2017 Community Cultural Connections Grant Recipients

Independent Youth Services for visual art classes offered by Charlie Newton and SPLASH for inner-City youth summer camp.

Grassroots midTown for support of arts activities for El Mercado Latino American market at MidTown Celebrates Fall Festival.

Young Gifted and Black to support monthly high school/young adult led performances at Mercy Junction.

Family Promise for art therapy workshops offered for homeless families led by Brooke Montague.

Guitar Chattanooga for support of a concert by French guitarist Judicael Perroy at Chattanooga State in March.

Burnin’ Bridges for support of a new mural festival led by the artist SEVEN to be held at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo.

GlassHouse Collective for support of mural artists at Glass Street Live block party.

Culture Fest to support African and Mexican performing artists at Culture Fest.

River City Sessions to support showcases of local and regional musicians, poets, storytellers through live events and a monthly radio show on WUTC.

SPLASH for workshops for youth that live primarily within Chattanooga’s Westside.

Urban League for youth workshops led by Charlie Newton and SPLASH.

Chattanooga Film Festival for support of a workshop by Joe Bob Briggs examining the history of film in Tennessee.

800 Collective for workshops led by Josiah Golson at the Chattanooga Public Library for teens to explore social issues through art activities.

BJS Productions for support of actor stipends for dinner theatre production produced by Brandalyn Shropshire held at the Kingdom Center in November.

HCDE Community Art Workshop for support of a workshop by arts educator John Smolko for HCDE visual artists and community artists.

Hamilton Sings to support a community concert by fifth grade students from HCDE schools.

Friends of Chattanooga Public Library to support The MANIFEST film and Workshop Series for teens led by artist Christian Collier.


FY 2016 Commmunity Cultural Connections Grant Recipients

Art120 for art car artists to lead workshops for Hamilton County students and senior citizens as part of the Scenic City Art Car Weekend.

Chattanooga Chinese Association to organize and acquire dragon costumes for a dragon dance in celebration of the Chinese New Year.

Christian Family Theater to support materials for the musical Annie Jr. presented at Brainerd UMC involving underserved youth in the cast and crew.

Grassroots midTown to support arts events at the 2nd annual midTown Celebrates Fall Festival.

Handmade Here/Tennessee Crafts to support pottery workshops for seniors in public housing and provide transportation to the Empty Bowls exhibit at Chattanooga Workspace.

H*Art Gallery to support workshops held in community centers with a culminating exhibit at the H*Art Gallery with first responders, police officers and firefighters creating art alongside with members of the community.

La Paz to support local artist Olga de Klein to teach twenty Latina participants with minimal exposure to the arts how to paint on canvas.

Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association to support an annual reunion to help educate and celebrate the history of the Lincoln Park area.

Premiere Studios Entertainment to support a four week summer performing arts camp for inner-city young people ages 7 – 18 in June, 2016.

RiverCity Co. to support Passageways, a public design and art exhibit focusing on animating alleyways that exist between city buildings.

SPLASH to support 50 young people mostly from Chattanooga’s Westside area to participate in art classes led by Charlie and Iantha Newton.


Spring 2015 Community Cultural Connections Grant Recipients

A Different Touch to provide art instruction for juveniles at the Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Center.

Chattanooga Housing Authority to provide low-income residents a means of transportation and admission to cultural events.

East Lake Expression Engine to expand a youth musical arts program for up to 80 local students.

East Lake Neighborhood Association to create a wall mural along Dodds Avenue painted by local artist Seven.

Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga to produce a festival of short plays highlighting different cultural themes.

Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga to provide art therapy for homeless families with children.

H*Art Gallery to create portable, pocket-sized and waterproof art supply packs for homeless families, hospice clients and hospitalized children.

La Paz to host arts and crafts workshops for women in the Latino community.

Native American Services of Tennessee to establish an annual event to bring Native American musical performances to the Chattanooga area.

Renaissance Presbyterian Church Literacy Arts Program to host artistic and creative thinking classes, taught by local artists, for low-income children.

The Salvation Army ReCreate Café to expand the work of Playback Theatre and prepare for regular performances throughout the community.

Senior Arts Council to offer opportunities for senior citizens to attend and participate in cultural events and activities.

SPLASH to establish a summer art program, teaching easel painting and drawing to over 100 students.


2013 – 2014 Community Cultural Connections Grant Recipients

Chattanooga Kids on the Block, Inc. to provide two five-day puppet training workshops for children ages 6 – 11.

Chattanooga Resident Service Department to provide a means of transportation and admission access to area cultural events for low-income residents.

Chattanooga School of Language to host an 8-week language and culture class for approximately 40 children at Northside Neighborhood House.

Chattanooga Workspace to provide art instruction for juveniles at the Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Center.

East Lake Neighborhood Association to host Movies in the Park event for residents in the East Lake community.

Folk School of Chattanooga to establish a Bluegrass Club at Red Bank Middle school and host a national bluegrass banjo champion for an in‐school performance with other local musicians.

Girls Inc. to establish an afterschool project that will provide girls with hands-on experiences in the fine arts.

Glass House Collective to host a professional musician as an instructor for a beginner violin course at Hardy Elementary School.

Greenwood Resident Council to bring fine arts classes to the residents of Greenwood Terrace. H*Art Gallery to create portable, pocket‐sized and waterproof art supply packs for transient or homeless artists.

Highland Park Neighborhood Association to create a series of murals on McCallie Avenue painted by local artist Kevin Bate.

Hixson Community Center to host a series of photography workshops led by a professional photographer.

LAUNCH to paint a 10 x 20 mural on a newly acquired property in the Alton Park community.

North River Civic Center to host a series of classes teaching introductory oil painting to seniors in the community.

Northside Neighborhood House to provide afterschool programming related to dance and the arts in partnership with Chattanooga Ballet.

Partnership for Families, Children and Adults to provide African drum and dance classes to children in inner-city community centers.

Secret Weave to host a multi‐media performance series in underserved neighborhoods and communities in the Chattanooga area.

Senior Arts Council to sponsor a series of four artistic and cultural programs for seniors, including museum visits, dance, music and theatre performances.

Signal Centers to provide movement and music instruction for children and adults with special needs in partnership with two local artists.

SPLASH to host weekly painting workshops for children integrating art, literacy and history.

Students Taking a Right Stand to facilitate student teams to rehearse and perform a dramatization reflecting the emotional impact of bullying behaviors in partnership with Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga.

Therapeutic Recreation Services to host an 8‐week community program focusing on arts experiences for individuals with disabilities.


2012 – 2013 Community Cultural Connections Grant Recipients

Belvoir Neighborhood Association to purchase and display artwork from Public Art Chattanooga within the Belvoir Neighborhood.

Bethleham Community Center to teach the value of African culture to students through dance, music, art, food, clothing, spoken word, song and decorative adornment.

Chattanooga Chapter, Links, Inc. to increase accessibility to the language and imagery of ballet for African-Americans through exhibits, classes, performances and sponsorship.

Community Choir Consortium to host an internationally renowned conductor who will lead a weekend workshop for choirs that will culminate in a public concert performance.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority to increase exposure to arts venues and performances for 50 young girls in urban Chattanooga.

Eastgate Senior Activity Center to host a 12-week photography class and oral history project for seniors, teaching photography skills and hands-on application for storytelling.

Gang Task Force/The Future is Ours to host a series of workshops incorporating photography skills and techniques with creative writing, community tours and outreach.

Glass House Collective to create and display a temporary art installation, incorporating borrowed items from the community residents on Glass Street.

Glenwood Neighborhood Association to fund the artist and production costs for this year’s festival, celebrating the neighborhood’s 150th anniversary.

H*Art Gallery for the design, creation and publishing of four editions of Unsheltered Voices, a printed publication featuring art and poetry from the homeless community.

In His Hand Church to engage children from the Westside Community to create a large mural.

Chattanooga Mayor’s Office to fund an 11th Street art project featuring 12 freestanding pillars painted by artists and community youth.

Orange Grove Center to integrate physical abilities in dance through dance workshops, performances and artistic collaboration.

Orchard Knob Neighborhood Watch to host an annual neighborhood event featuring live Blues performances, a children’s area and vendors.

Prevention and Youth Development Services to host workshops and training programs for multimedia broadcast and production, integrating media education, radio and video editing and technical training.

Project Success to host classes promoting personal development and storytelling through digital photography.

City of Red Bank to display public art in Red Bank’s park, as well as host musical, theatrical and other public art performances.

Salvation Army to incorporate the arts into both the homeless and non-homeless community through theatre and a city-wide festival.

Signal Centers, Inc. to host 32 music workshops that will provide music and arts exposure to children and adults and feature Bob Stagner of the Shaking Ray Levi Society.

Arts Build Communities Grants

Arts Build Communities (ABC) Grants is a program funded by the Tennessee General Assembly and administered in cooperation with the Tennessee Arts Commission and ArtsBuild.

The objective of these grants is to build communities by nurturing artists, arts organizations (including local arts agencies), and arts supporters in each of Tennessee’s 95 counties. Grant applications and guidelines may found on the Tennessee Arts Commission’s website.

2015 – 2016 ABC Grant Recipients

Bessie Smith Cultural Center – Dance camps for inner-city youth held at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center will be promoted.

Chattanooga’s Kids on the Block, Inc. – Chattanooga’s Kids on the Block will host a free community event, Pinwheels for Prevention, in April 2016 in cooperation with the Creative Discovery Museum.

Mid-South Sculpture Alliance – Expanded programming will be developed through salary support for the Executive Director.

Music Therapy Gateway in Communications, Inc. – MTGIC will partner with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera (CSO) and the UTC Department of Music to present Dance of the Neural Tango, celebrating the art of music in therapy.

Performing Arts League – The Sunday Showcase, a celebration of local youth performing groups, will take place at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga in November.

Red Bank Elementary – A patriotic concert presented in partnership with Red Bank Elementary, Middle and High Schools will be held in November.

Siskin Children’s Institute – A special sensory-sensitive performance will be held in partnership with the Chattanooga Theatre Centre’s Youth Theatre Program.

SPLASH – Visual art classes will be held for youth in the SPLASH studio, located in the former James A. Henry Elementary School in Chattanooga’s Eastside area, and will teach students entrepreneur skills.

University of Tennessee Chattanooga Music Department – River City Clarinet Winter Festival 2016 will be held in January for local clarinetists and the general public.

YMCA-YCAP – Visual arts workshops will be held through the YCAP program for area middle school students.


2014 – 2015 ABC Grant Recipients

Chattanooga Kids on the Block, Inc. to host a free community event, Pinwheels for Prevention, in April 2015 in cooperation with the Creative Discovery Museum.

Chattanooga Writers’ Guild to conduct a Fall Writers’ Workshop on the craft and business of writing in September 2014 at Chattanooga State Community College.

Highland Park Neighborhood Association to fund stipends for local professional artists participating in The McCallie Walls Mural Project.

Mountain Arts Community Center to purchase supplies for and market classes of the Fairy Garden Project.

Music Therapy Gateway in Communications, Inc. to partner with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera (CSO), the UTC Department of Music, and the Cadek Conservatory in creating distinctive performance events to celebrate the cause of music in therapy.

River City Company to supply 20 students from Red Bank High School with the materials necessary to create a display to be featured in the Open Spaces program.

Signal Centers, Inc. to market MusicFest, a community event to be held in March 2015, to typically underserved populations within the City of Chattanooga and Hamilton County.

SPLASH to continue to expand and improve Make a SPLASH, a program of free art classes at the James A. Henry School for typically underserved children ages 4 – 17.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to co-host, along with the Chattanooga Clarinet Choir, the fourth annual River City Clarinet Winter Festival 2015 featuring concert performances, a lecture, masterclass, and high school solo competition.


2013 – 2014 ABC Grant Recipients

Chattanooga’s Kids on the Block, Inc. to host a free community event, Pinwheels for Prevention, in April 2014 in cooperation with the Creative Discovery Museum.

Choral Arts of Chattanooga to perform Missa Gaia/Earth Mass by Paul Winter during Earth Week 2014. The composition has been called “an environmental liturgy of contemporary music.”

Contemporary Performing Arts of Chattanooga to host the 4th New Dischord Festival, which will bring artists who work in multiple mediums and disciplines into Chattanooga in order to collaborate with local artists to create new works of multidisciplinary art.

Muse of Fire Project to engage a consultant to work with their board and our artistic staff to create a strategic plan for the next 3 years to provide stability and growth for this new entity.

Music Therapy Gateway In Communications, Inc. to partner with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera (CSO) and the UTC Department of Music in creating a performance event that will help celebrate the cause of therapy in music.

Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church to host “Icons in Transformation,” an exhibition providing an innovative art experience featuring contemporary icons of the Russian born artist Ludmila Pawlowska.

Tennessee Association of Dance to fund executive director salary support which will help increase the organization’s programming throughout the state.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, in collaboration with the Bessie Smith Cultural Center and the Southeastern Composers League (SCL), to bring the Marian Anderson String Quartet, an acclaimed African American Chamber Ensemble, to Chattanooga for a four day residency in February 2014.

The ABC grant program is funded under an agreement with the State of Tennessee, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.