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Library Awarded $5K Art Grant from TN Arts Commission

November 30, 2022

Director of Libraries Sharon Edwards, left, and Library Associate Jennifer Robinson stand in front of the new art display at Motlow’s Moore County campus library.The Motlow State Community College Library was awarded a $5,000 Targeted Arts Development Initiative (TADI) Grant funded by the Tennessee Arts Commission. This is the second year in a row that Motlow has received the grant.

“The first year, we used all the funds for collection items featuring the Arts. This year, we used the funds for the art gallery hardware and sculpture stands,” said Motlow’s Director of Libraries Sharon Kay Edwards. “We used the grant funding to purchase art installation items to host visiting artist galleries and events for the community's benefit at the Clayton-Glass Library in Moore County.”

The first artist featured is Ryan Frizzell, a mixed media artist specializing in spray paint and repurposed arts, including street art, slap art, wheat paste, screen printing, and murals. Students, faculty, staff, and community members can stop by the gallery featured in the Clayton-Glass Library now through December 10. Library hours are located at

Motlow Art Faculty plan to partner with more Tennessee artists, student artists, and visiting artists from out of state for displays in the library. Artists also have the opportunity to lecture about their work, virtually or in person.

“We believe this will be of great cultural benefit to Moore County and to the Motlow community,” said Edwards.

The TADI Grant supports art projects in underserved, rural communities with a special focus on distressed counties and at-risk communities, according to the Tennessee Arts Commission website. The grant is designed to build capacity and develop leadership potential.

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