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GPAC Announces Receipt of $2.5 Million State Grant for The Grove

Post Date:05/03/2019 12:00 PM
Germantown Performing Arts Center (GPAC) Executive Director Paul Chandler announced today that GPAC has been awarded a $2.5 million grant on behalf of the state of Tennessee to support the construction of The Grove - GPAC’s much anticipated outdoor performance venue. The State Legislature voted on the measure just days before adjourning for the year. The state will be joining a host of major foundations, corporations and individuals, including the Plough Foundation, the Assisi Foundation, the City of Germantown, First Tennessee Foundation, FedEx, AutoZone, Methodist Lebonheur Healthcare, TruGreen and nexAir, that have made financial contributions to the world-class outdoor performance venue.

Thanks to the leadership of Senator Brian Kelsey (R - District 31) and Representative Mark White (R - District 83), who identified the grant opportunity and tirelessly advocated for GPAC in committee meetings, conference committee and on the floor of the General Assembly, GPAC was awarded the grant in recognition of its role as a leader in the region’s arts landscape and the impact the Grove will have on the expansion of that role. “GPAC is a gem for the entire Mid-South. I’ve enjoyed watching shows there from local artists to international acts,” said Senator Brian Kelsey. With the completion of The Grove, GPAC will join the ranks of the most innovative performing arts and culture centers in the nation, creatively incorporating the ability to simulcast programming from the indoor venue, the Duncan Williams Performance Hall, to The Grove’s giant outdoor screen. With this capability, The Grove will help GPAC and its local arts partners attract new audiences with new types of experiences and expand their already important role as a regional economic and tourism driver. “I’m proud to garner state support to reach even more Tennesseans with quality artistic programming,” Senator Kelsey added.

Contrary to initial reports that were published before the final budget was adopted, the funds are not being diverted from Governor Lee’s Memphis riverfront redevelopment grant. GPAC Executive Director Paul Chandler said,”We are thrilled to receive the state grant for The Grove and very pleased that our project was not funded at the expense of any of our community partners.”  

GPAC serves the greater metro Memphis area and the entire Mid-South region, presenting exceptional dance and music, year-round educational arts activities for all ages, rotating visual arts exhibitions and multiple community events, welcoming over 100,000 visitors annually.  A 501(c)3 non-profit, GPAC is governed by an 18 member board of directors and is entering its 25th year of operations. For more information about GPAC and The Grove, visit
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