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The Art Works grant will support the 30th annual Southern Festival of Books, other literary programs throughout the state
National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $30,000 to Humanities Tennessee for our literary programs, including the 30th annual Southern Festival of Books. The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.
“The variety and quality of these projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Through the work of organizations such as Humanities Tennessee, NEA funding invests in local communities, helping people celebrate the arts wherever they are.”
"Support from the NEA is a welcome validation of the value of the Festival and a vital means of support for its continuation," said Humanities Tennessee Executive Director Tim Henderson. "Thanks to this grant, the Festival will continue to welcome the best and most promising writers in the country to Nashville — and remain free and open to all." 
The 30th annual Southern Festival of Books will take place on October 12-14, 2018, at the Main Nashville Public Library and War Memorial Plaza in downtown Nashville. Find more information at
For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit