Arts leaders gather to honor local and state leaders


More than a hundred representatives from Nashville’s arts community gathered at  the Frist Center for the Visual Arts last week to honor state and local officials for the funds awarded to them through Metro Nashville Arts Commission and the Tennessee Arts Commission. The event was hosted by the state arts advocacy group Tennesseans for the Arts.

Each year, these funds are allocated by the state General Assembly, Metro Council and through the sale of specialty license plates and local arts groups apply for these funds through grant programs at the state and local level.

In a most notable gesture of arts support, several Metro council members also assigned portions of their discretionary funds to a new organization called the Senior Center for the Arts, which produces very affordable dinner theatre
and concerts with proceeds benefiting music, dance and theatre classes for Senior Citizens of middle Tennessee.

Carl Burch, Diane Neighbors, Ludye Wallace, JB Loring and Harold White assigned a total of $125,000 to the programs offered by SCA and the adjacent Donelson Senior Center.

"These council members have shown in a most generous way, that they believe in the work that we are doing for senior members of our community," states SCA’s cofounder Kaine Riggan. "As a relatively young nonprofit organization, we
had experienced some recent cuts in funding from the local level. These councilmen have fully offset the effects of those cuts and allowed us to continue to grow and serve more people.

Senior Center for the Arts is also currently $2M into a $5M capital campaign to renovate 18,000 square feet of space at 108 Donelson Pike into music, dance and theatre space for all members of the community.