A dedication was held on Monday, Feb. 10 on the square for the second mural of the running horses by artist Eileen Herb-Witte, followed by a reception held at The Loft. The same week, it was announced that the Macon County Arts Council would receive another $5,000 from the same organization that funded the first two mural projects on the square.
The Macon County Arts Council has now received two Discretionary Awards of $5,000 from the Community Foundation of Tennessee. Both awards were funded by Ann Kraft, the sister of the late Bill Rollins. She chose this MCAC grant out of a list of applicants, because of Rollins’ desire to to support public art.
This second matching grant will fund two more murals, completing MCAC’s community art project as it was originally planned. The next mural will depict local beauty spot Winding Stairs. Nancy Doss has been commissioned for this project.
“The Community Foundation is honored to connect generosity with need through these annual grants and through other avenues throughout the year, but we couldn’t have an impact without the many quality nonprofits offering solutions to our community’s needs and vital services to our neighbors,” said Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. “Thanks to the generous support of our donors, we are able to fund nonprofit solutions addressing Middle Tennessee’s emerging needs and opportunities.”
According to a recent press release, these contributions are part of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s annual discretionary grantmaking process, which has distributed more than $1.24 million to 255 nonprofit organizations throughout 34 Middle Tennessee counties.
The report further stated that “the Community Foundation awards discretionary grants annually from its unrestricted and field-of-interest funds, through an open application process, to Middle Tennessee nonprofits organizations addressing community needs and benefiting the well-being of citizens through valuable programs and innovative services.”
More information on the grant process is online at cfmt.org/request/grants/.