State Rep. Andrew Farmer and Republican Caucus Chairman Jeremy Faison announce Tennessee Arts Commission grants for local organizations

State Rep. Andrew Farmer, R-Sevierville, and House Republican Caucus Chairman Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby, announce $65,310 in grant funding from the Tennessee Arts Commission to support arts and cultural activities in Greene and Jefferson counties.

We are excited to see these significant investments being made to support local arts programs and facilities in our community,” Farmer and Faison said. “The arts have always been an important part of our history here in Tennessee, and these funds will help ensure that continues.”

Local grant recipients include:

  • Tusculum University: $5,570

  • Rural Resources, Inc.: $6,000

  • George Clem Multicultural Alliance: $3,470

  • First Presbyterian Church: $6,950

  • Niswonger Performing Arts Center: $25,300

  • Indian Creek Productions, Inc.: $5,720

  • Boys & Girls Club of Dumplin Valley: $12,300

Tennessee is fortunate to have elected leaders who understand the positive impact arts and culture have on Tennesseans and their communities,” Tennessee Arts Commission Executive Director Anne B. Pope said. “Arts and culture are vital tools for attracting and retaining businesses and help build stronger communities by enhancing the distinctive character of Tennessee places.”

The commission expects to award approximately 1,000 annual and rolling grants during the upcoming 2022-23 fiscal year, totaling up to $11.7 million, Pope added. These funds have a direct impact on communities across Tennessee, in both urban and rural areas.

The selection process involved a review by citizen advisory panels with expertise in appropriate arts disciplines and a review by the full 15-member commission. Other grant opportunities are offered throughout the year with rolling deadlines for qualifying organizations including grants for Arts Build Communities and Student Ticket Subsidy. Additional information on grant programs offered by the commission is available at

Tennessee’s nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $1.17 billion in annual economic activity through quality of life, economic vitality, tourism and a more balanced education for our children.

Andrew Farmer represents House District 17, which includes part of Jefferson and Sevier counties. He can be reached at or by calling 615-741-4419.

Jeremy Faison represents House District 11, which includes Cocke and part of Jefferson and Greene counties. He can be reached at or by calling 615-741-6871.