Coalition receives grant for festival

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By Jennifer Caldwell

It has been just weeks since the curtains  closed on another successful Louie Bluie Festival. But the Campbell Culture Coalition is already looking forward to next year’s production.

Thanks to the recent award of a grant through the Tennessee Arts Commission, the group will have an additional $8,000 injected into the event’s 2010 budget.

According to coalition member Jo Anne Myers, money from the grant will be used exclusively to add to the list of talent already slated to perform at the festival.

“It (grant money) will be used entirely for the artists,” Myers said of plans for the money.

While the coalition looks forward to the extra money it does not come without a price.  Because the rural arts project grant is an in-kind grant the Campbell Culture Coalition is responsible for generating $8,000 in matching funds.

Myers said the organization relies heavily on the generosity of corporations and local businesses to supply the necessary funding needed to make events like the Louie Bluie Festival an ongoing success.

Competing with a number of other similar organizations across the state, Myers said the local coalition is extremely proud of the high praise it received for its work on the grant request.

“We are ecstatic that we received the highest score possible for our grant request,” Myer said.

Senator Ken Yager also expressed his pleasure with the work of the coalition.

“I am delighted that the Campbell Culture Coalition is a recipient of this arts grant award.  They are worthy of this support and I know they will work enthusiastically to promote history and the arts,” Yager said in a press release last Wednesday.

The matching grants available through the Tennessee Art’s Commission are made available through an appropriation of funds by the General Assembly.  The Tennessee Arts Commission plans to award over 850 community grants totaling $7.6 million during the 2010 fiscal year.

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