Who We Are
What We Do
The Franklin County Arts Guild is an organization of local artists and supportive members who are interested in promoting fine arts and crafts in Franklin County and the surrounding area in Tennessee. The primary focus is on advancing and providing arts education and awareness for youth and the general public. We actively seek venues for local artists to exhibit, showcase, and sell work.
These are a few of the ways that we promote the arts:
The Guild is particularly supportive of up-and-coming artists. Each year, we award a $1,000 scholarship to one or more youths high school seniors who is interested in pursuing the arts at the college level. We hold fundraising events like our Silent Auction to raise money for the scholarship and to ensure the fund will be there when we are not.
Scholarship Fund Who qualifies, how to apply
No person on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, religion, or sex shall be excluded from participation in, or be denied benefits of, or otherwise be subject to discrimination of services, programs, and employment provided by the Tennessee Arts Commission and its contracting agencies.The Guild Scholarship Fund
The mission of the Franklin County Arts Guild is "to promote and support the arts and arts education in Franklin County." A major way that the Guild serves that mission is by funding a higher education scholarship for an outstanding high school senior in Franklin County. The Guild gave its first scholarship in 1986, and has given the scholarship every year since then. The scholarship has gradually increased from $200 in 1986 to $1000 to one or more youth in 2017; the Guild has given a scholarship for over 30 years.
In 2017, the Guild partnered with the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to establish the Franklin County Arts Guild Scholarship Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The Community Foundation will grow the fund and will serve as sole administrators of the Franklin County Arts Guild Scholarship Fund. The purpose of the fund will remain the same as it has been for over 30 years, but now we hope to endow permanently one or more scholarships each year, making the fund self-sustaining. This will ensure that Franklin County Students pursuing creative arts in higher education will receive support. You can be a part of making sure that this fund is here for many years to come by becoming a donor, becoming a sponsor to the Arts & Ales event, or by becoming a member of Franklin Co Arts Guild.
How to Qualify
With emphasis on artistic talent, each applicant should be prepared to demonstrate the merit of their work by portfolio, performance, composition (or other tangible evidence) and letters of recommendation. They should also provide evidence of their ability to succeed in college as demonstrated by their academic record, letters of recommendation, and their financial need.
How to Apply
The application process and selection of recipients is handled solely by the Community Foundation and will balance merit and financial need with an emphasis on financial need. For questions about the scholarship fund, please contact the Foundation at 615-321-4939 or 888-540-5200. One additional benefit of putting the Scholarship Fund in the Community Foundation is that, when a student applies for our scholarship, they can also apply for over 100 scholarships administered by the Foundation with the same application. To get started, please visit the Foundation's scholarship page.