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ReGenerate Grant 2014

ReGenerate is an arts leadership program for high school students in Hamilton County, TN. Students participating in ReGenerate represent public and private schools. Through ReGenerate students learn about our thriving arts community, explore career and avocation opportunities in the arts, fundraise for arts equipment and supplies for elementary and middle schools, and advocate for quality arts education for all students in our community.

ReGenerate was founded in August 2013 by Ralston Hartness and Thomas West, both students at McCallie School, to sustain their philanthropic project to support arts education, Let Beauty Awaken. The Let Beauty Awaken project raised more than $14,000 through the development of a CD featuring local young music talent, solicitation letters and a Causeway campaign.

ReGenerate, with the help of ArtsBuild, created a small grant program for elementary and middle schools. The goal of the ReGenerate grant program was to provide arts equipment and supplies needed to implement quality arts education instruction. Grants of up to $1,500 were available to support both Fine Arts and General Education classrooms. Thirty-one applications were received from schools; requests totaled more than $35,000. Fifty percent of HCDE’s elementary schools requested funds.

ReGenerate students served as grant panelists and selected 14 schools to receive funding. Most of the projects selected were for instruments or arts equipment that will benefit the schools for many years to come.


ReGenerate and Founders Thomas West and Ralston Hartness Win Philanthropy Award

Congratulations to ReGenerate, Thomas West, and Ralston Hartness for winning the National Philanthropy Day Youth in Philanthropy award on November 18, 2014! Many thanks to Temple Glascock and Jessica Tolbert who did a wonderful job accepting the award on their behalf since Thomas and Ralston are away at college. Thanks to all for your work to build a stronger community through the arts!



  MarchIgnite 2016