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 ArtsBuild (formerly Allied Arts) awarded its third round of Community Cultural Connections (CCC) grants on June 15. Thirteen Hamilton County-based organizations received small grants, up to $2,000 each, to fund arts and cultural experiences in social service agencies, neighborhoods, faith-based organizations, and municipalities throughout the county.

Launched in 2012, the CCC grant program is a direct result of Imagine Chattanooga 20/20, the community’s long-range cultural plan. The primary goal of the initiative is to make arts and cultural programs more accessible to underserved populations including geographic, ethnic, age and individuals with disabilities. Funding for the 2015 CCC grants was provided by the Lyndhurst Foundation.

“Through the Community Cultural Connections program, ArtsBuild is able to fund many smaller arts and cultural projects that have big impacts on the people they serve,” said Rodney Van Valkenburg, ArtsBuild’s Director of Grants and Initiatives. “These projects connect Chattanooga residents from diverse backgrounds to enjoy quality arts experiences that might not otherwise happen.”

The Salvation Army’s Recreate Café is one of this year’s CCC grant recipients. “I'm thrilled that ArtsBuild believes in the The Salvation Army ReCreate Cafe Arts Program,” said Tenika Dye, Recreate Café’s Director. “As a previous recipient, I've witnessed the impact CCC has made in helping establish our unique approach of using theatre for and with both the homeless and non-homeless citizens of Chattanooga. This award will help us create the first Playback Theatre Troupe in our region.”

Spring 2015 Grant Recipients

A Different Touch, project: Urban Heroes

Chattanooga Housing Authority, project: Outreach for Residents of Low Income

East Lake Expression Engine, project: Summer 2015 Summer Music Camp

East Lake Neighborhood Association, project: East Lake Public Art-Phase 1

Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga, project: Around the World in Eight Plays

Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga, project: Art Therapy

H*Art Gallery of Tennessee, project: H*Arts Packs Too

La Paz, project: Entre Nosotras

Literacy Arts Program, project: Art is for Everyone

Native American Services of Tennessee, project: Native Sounds @ Raccoon Mountian Festival

Salvation Army’s ReCreate Café, project: Playback Theatre Expansion Project

Senior Arts Council, project: Cultural Enrichment Program for Seniors

SPLASH, project: SPLASH Summer Art Program

For more information about the Community Cultural Connections grant initiative, click here.

Spring 2015 Recipients

2015 Community Cultural Connections grant recipients include representatives from (L-R) East Lake Expression Engine, East Lake Neighborhood Association, Chattanooga Housing Authority, H*Art Gallery, and Native American Services of Tennessee.