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Humanities TN Receives Grants for Literature & Language and History & Culture Programs

Grants from the Metro Arts Commission, TN Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, and Nissan Foundation total nearly $100,000.
Humanities Tennessee is pleased to once again partner with the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission (MNAC) in providing free literary arts programming to Nashville. MNAC seeks to make creative exploration central to the lives of all Nashvillians. Each year, the Mayor and Metro Council approve funds from the general operating budget to support community arts through grants. Humanities Tennessee received a grant award of $30,000 for our literature and language programming that is offered in Nashville, including the annual Southern Festival of Books and Salon@615 author series. We are grateful for this generous public support and affirmation of our arts programs.
 
We are also pleased to receive a $30,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for our literature and language programming. This is an increase from $10,000 awarded in previous several years. 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. This NEA Art Works’ grant supports the Southern Festival of Books and activities promoting literary arts engagement. 
 
Humanities Tennessee is honored to be among the organizations receiving support from the Tennessee Arts Commission. The $22,360 grant for FY2016 will provide crucial support for literature programs, including the Southern Festival of Books and the literary website Chapter16.org. The Tennessee Arts Commission awarded 311 Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Grant Awards totaling $3,925,710.00 to help fund arts and cultural activities for arts organizations, schools, local governments, nonprofits and artists in Tennessee.
 
We are thrilled to receive a grant from The Nissan Foundation in the amount of $15,000 to support the expansion of our Conversations Bureau program. We will create three new Conversations on topics relevant to Tennesseans, including immigration, religion, crime, and poverty. Founded in 1992 after a period of race riots and civic unrest in Los Angeles, the Nissan Foundation aims to promote respect for others, generate alternative ways of thinking, strengthen self-awareness and enrich community life. The Foundation has distributed nearly $9 million to nonprofit organizations that offer educational programs that foster a greater appreciation and understanding of America’s diverse cultural heritage.
 
Humanities Tennessee thanks the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Nissan Foundation for their very generous support of our work.