Sevierville Commons Arts Council and Sevierville Commons Association have been awarded a $50,000 Tennessee Main Street Entrepreneur Grant. Sevierville was one of six communities across the state to receive funding from the Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development through the Rural Economic Opportunity Act.
Grant funding will be used to help secure and renovate a building at 129 Bruce Street in downtown Sevierville. The project aims to provide artistic vitality for downtown. Named Arts In Common, this space will provide a headquarters for the Sevierville Commons Arts Council and will incorporate a retail gallery featuring local artists and regional guest artists, as well as a co-working classroom space to support professional development.
“We are excited to be able to assist communities that are working to attract entrepreneurial investment,” TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe said. “They are identifying spaces, creating partnerships and providing services to help start-ups succeed. These funds are supplementing some impressive new projects, and I look forward to seeing each community grow because of these grants.”
The Sevierville Commons Arts Council is a neighborhood revitalization organization of individuals, artists, studios, galleries and businesses dedicated to the promotion and awareness of the arts & culture through education, entertainment, community interaction and trade in Sevierville and Sevier County, Tenn. For more information, visit www.SeviervilleCommonsArtsCouncil.org.