For Immediate Release
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 2, 2012) – Nashville Ballet was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT) to sustain and expand curriculum-based educational arts programming for underserved populations in schools, community centers and libraries, that reach 25,000 individuals annually.
CFMT is a charitable organization dedicated to enriching the quality of life in the 40 Middle Tennessee counties it serves. It recently awarded grants, totaling $1.3 million, to 273 nonprofits as part of The Foundation’s annual discretionary grant-making process.
“With the support of the local community through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, we can continue introducing new audiences to art, music and dance,” Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling said. “By inspiring new audiences, we also hope to inspire support to organizations like the Foundation.”
The Community Foundation awards discretionary grants annually from its unrestricted and field-of-interest funds, through an open application process, to Middle Tennessee nonprofit 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/.
About Nashville Ballet
Nashville Ballet is the largest professional ballet company in Tennessee. Nashville Ballet presents a varied repertoire of classical ballet and contemporary works by noted choreographers, including original works by Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling. Nashville Ballet and the second company NB2 (a pre-professional training company) serve nearly 25,000 adults and children annually through performances and our outreach and community engagement programming. Curriculum-based outreach programs bring dance education to community centers, colleges, public libraries and public elementary, middle and high schools across the state. The School of Nashville Ballet provides world-class instruction in ballet and other forms of dance for dancers of all ages.
Nashville Ballet is funded in part from grants made available through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and the Tennessee Arts Commission. Funding from the Ingram Charitable Trust supports the presentation of The Nashville Symphony at most performances. Additional funding is also provided by The Shubert Foundation, Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund, SunTrust, ELAN Hair / ELAN Skin, the National Endowment for the Arts, Caterpillar Financial, The Memorial Foundation and Publix Super Markets Charities.
About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee oversees more than 850 charitable funds, providing customized philanthropic solutions with flexibility for donors, nonprofit organizations and the community. In the past 21 years, The Community Foundation has distributed more than $600 million to community programs and institutions. It is located at 3833 Cleghorn Avenue, #400, Nashville, Tennessee 37215. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit www.cfmt.org.
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