VOL. 111 | NO. 95 | Saturday, May 24, 1997
Arts Build Committee (ABC) grants for arts activities and events during 1997-98 now are available through local-level agencies, according to Grace Spurrell, Tennessee Arts Commission chairman
Arts Build Committee (ABC) grants for arts activities and events during 1997-98 now are available through local-level agencies, according to Grace Spurrell, Tennessee Arts Commission chairman. The commission anticipates having $350,000 for ABC grants across the state during fiscal year 1998, Spurrell said. "ABC dollars will be distributed on a per capita basis to 13 agencies. These agencies in turn will allocate the funds in the geographic areas they serve using citizen advisory panels to make decisions," she said.
"The short-term objective of the ABC grant category is to create a decentralized decision-making and distribution process for these state dollars," Michael McDaniel, director of community arts development at the commissions, said. "The long-term objective is to build communities by nurturing artists, arts organizations, and arts supporters in each of Tennessees 95 counties. Not-for-profit organizations interested in applying for an ABC grant must contact the appropriate agency to obtain application forms and instructions prior to the deadline for application submission. The Tennessee Arts Commission is designed to build better communities through its investment of public dollars in Tennessees not-for-profit arts industry, services to artists and arts organizations, and initiatives that benefit all citizens.
The federal-state disaster field office in Nashville will close today. The DFO was established in March by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) to administer disaster assistance programs available to Tennesseans as a result of this years severe storms, flooding and tornadoes. "The closing of the DFO is a milestone in the recovery process," federal coordinating officer Edward A. Thomas said. "Though federal funds will continue to assist disaster-affected Tennesseans, our presence here is no longer needed on a daily basis." TEMA director John D. White Jr. viewed the closing of the DFO as an opportunity to reflect on the success of the disaster recovery operations.