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Humanities Tennessee Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced on April 16 that Humanities Tennessee is one of 886 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. Humanities Tennessee is recommended for a $10,000 grant to support the 26th annual Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word (SM), held October 10-12, 2014, in downtown Nashville.
Humanities Tennessee founded the Southern Festival of Books (SFB) in 1989 to promote literature and discussion of books among the general public. SFB hosts more than 200 authors and upwards of 30,000 guests each year for readings, signings, and discussions. The festival is always FREE and open to everyone. This year, the festival will be held October 10-12 at downtown Nashville's War Memorial Plaza and the Nashville Public Library. 
NEA Acting Chairman Shigekawa said, "The NEA is pleased to announce that Humanities Tennessee is recommended for an NEA Art Works grant. These NEA-supported projects will not only have a positive impact on local economies, but will also provide opportunities for people of all ages to participate in the arts, help our communities to become more vibrant, and support our nation's artists as they contribute to our cultural landscape."
"Support from the NEA is a welcome validation of the value of the Festival, and a vital means of support for its continuation," said Serenity Gerbman, Humanities Tennessee's director of literature and language programs. "Thanks to this grant, the Festival will continue to welcome the best and most promising writers in the country to Nashville, and be free to all." 
Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts. The NEA received 1,515 eligible applications under the Art Works category, requesting more than $76 million in funding. Of those applications, 886 are recommended for grants for a total of $25.8 million.
For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at
For more information on the 26th annual Southern Festival of Books, please visit the program page here