While the economy continues to
struggle, the Monroe Area Council of the Arts (MACA) is facing their
own budget crisis.
In recent years, MACA has received
grant funding of approximately $16,000 from the Tennessee Arts
Commission. Due to the loss of some grants, MACA needs the help of
its local community.
"We'll get about half of that [in
grant funding] this year," said MACA Executive Director Mary
Since its inception in 1993, MACA has
depended heavily on support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the
National Endowment for the Arts, South Arts and the East Tennessee
Foundation, in addition to many individual and corporate donors.
"The Tennessee Arts Commission has
suspended what they call their small grant categories," said
Hendershot explained that the
suspension includes the touring arts grant category, which MACA
typically received $8,000 from per year to support its annual
"The Tennessee Arts Commission is
MACA's most significant funder and they are having a budget
shortfall," she said. "Their funding from the National Endowment
of the Arts has been cut, funding from state legislatures has been
To combat the loss of grant funding,
MACA will campaign harder for ticket sales to their performances.
Season ticket sales will kick off next week for the upcoming
"We have a world-class performance
series," said Hendershot. "Instead of having to drive elsewhere
to see these shows, people can see a good show right here in Monroe
County. The local community can continue to support us by coming to
See full story in the Sunday, July 7, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.