The Tennessee Arts Commission Student Ticket Subsidy (STS) grant program provides provides funds for artist fees, ticket costs, and transportation fees for students from Tennessee public schools to experience a broad variety of cultural opportunities, arts disciplines, and artists. Teachers can take children on field-trips to shows or exhibits or bring a teaching artist into their school.
In addition to arts appreciation events, allowable activities include arts curriculum and arts integration residencies of more than one day that provide students hands-on participation in an art form. The projects must include a supplemental activity like a field trip or school-wide assembly to ensure that many students have access to high quality professional arts and cultural experiences.
Schools may apply for a maximum of $3,000 per fiscal year. Funding for STS is allocated per county according to school age population and by demand. STS applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds are expended. Applications must be received a minimum of 30 days prior to the start of the proposed event.
Since 2010, the program has given the opportunity to more than 500,000 students to experience the arts.