The Tennessee Arts Commission’s Student Ticket Subsidy program provides $500,000 in funds to public schools for arts and cultural experiences. The funds are used to encourage schools to expose Tennessee students to a broad variety of cultural experiences, arts disciplines and artists.
Some counties have exhausted their funds, but funding is still available for Moore County. Since the opening of the grant in September, more than 400 grants have been awarded to approximately 350 schools throughout the state.
“It’s important that each county has an opportunity to apply for these funds, and we are reaching out to those counties that have yet to apply,” said Nan Zierden, arts education special projects coordinator for the Commission. “Student Ticket Subsidy grants continue to make a difference in the lives of our young people, and through this program we are able to introduce our students to the arts in their community while enhancing their educational experience.”
Schools may apply for a maximum of $3,000 per school year for tickets or travel expenses to attend arts and cultural field trips, or to pay artist fees to bring artists or arts groups in the schools.
Counties that are still eligible for STS funds include: Decatur, Dekalb, Dyer, Giles, Hancock, Henry, Hickman, Houston, Jackson, Johnson, Lake, Lauderdale, Lewis, Moore, Obion, Overton, Perry, Pickett, Polk, Trousdale, Sequatchie, Stewart, and Van Buren.
Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis until all funds are expended. Applications must be received a minimum of 30 days prior to the start of the project.
For more information, view the Student Ticket Subsidy website online at <http://www.tn.gov/arts/Student_Ticket_Subsidy.htm>
For questions, contact Arts Education Special Projects Coordinator Nan Zierden at (615) 532-5934 or by email at <email@example.com>; or contact Director of Community Arts Development Shannon Ford at (615) 532-9796 or by email at <Shannon.firstname.lastname@example.org>.