From Lori Kissinger, Executive Director, Borderless Arts –
In the spring, Borderless Arts was invited to take some of our dancers to Egypt to be part of an international forum. At this forum, we discussed how it would be wonderful if we could bring some of Egypt to Tennessee. So that is what we did.
The exchange of art, dance and culture was amazing. It was a whirlwind visit that began with visits to the Frist Art Museum of Visual Arts for both a tour and a project, then a tour of the Ryman and dinner with Board member Estelle Condra and her husband David. The next day was spent at Middle Tennessee State University where the Egyptian group shared lectures, art and dance. Borderless Arts hosted some art activities with the assistance of MTSU students and a dance activity for all.
The day ended with a drive to Memphis. In Memphis, the group once again offered lectures and dance at Overton High School for the Performing Arts. Then we had to have the Egyptians visit our pyramid in Memphis. The group drove back to Hendersonville where they performed their dance at the Sumner Teen Center and the Movement Connection then performed dance for the Egyptians. The final day held performances and lectures and art activities at Beech High School and Peer Place. The group visited Wynnewood Double Log Cabin and Sumner County Tourism. Congressman Diane Black and her husband David hosted a dinner.
The group was inducted into the Teapot Diplomat program.