Tennessee Arts & Arts Education Conference, June 20-21, 2018, APSU, Clarksville
The conference will bring together arts administrators, educators and artists for a full two days of learning and sharing around the theme of Design Thinking, an approach that can be used in all industries to consider and resolve a variety of issues. Professional development will include best practices, strategies in arts management and education, lesson demonstrations, collaborative work, networking and more.

Special Opportunity Grants will be offered beginning March 1, 2018, to those who want to attend the conference. The grant will be applied to conference costs and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The commuter rate for the conference is $150.00 and the non-commuter rate is $200, which includes campus accommodations. Registration will open March 15, 2018.

Travel Workshops – I am a watercolorist and teaching artist. Every year, I take groups of adult art students to Europe for art classes and travel. After organizing about a dozen workshops, I co-founded a company, World Tours Studio, to help other artists set up their own travel workshops to Europe and Italy in particular. World Tours Studio is headquartered in Verona, Italy with a staff that can expertly research and book accommodations, ground transportation and activities for groups. World Tours Studio also has an office at Cloud 9, in Bothell where I am happy to help you create the workshop you want to lead. Our website is at We have organized unique opportunities of study and travel for numerous U.S. universities, businesses, artists and writers.

Arts professionals, artists, students, and advocates, the 2018 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention is your time to come together. This June 14-17, join more than 1,000 arts leaders in Denver, CO and explore ways to inspire greater equity, access and activism in the arts!
Your 2018 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention will feature:
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Register today to save up to $150 with our special early-bird registration rate—the deepest discount we have for Annual Convention! Early-Bird registration ends Wednesday, April 11, 2018 and is available online, by fax, or by mail.

Professional Grant Development Workshop. Master the techniques of writing superior winning proposals. March 19-20, 2018. 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, TN.

To register: Please click here. Questions? Call us at (866) 704-7268. Workshop Fee: $595.00 (includes a comprehensive directory, electronic workbook, certificate of completion, and continental breakfast) . *Space is limited, and since this class fills up quickly, it is on a first-come, first-serve basis.*

The 2018 Tennessee Decorative Arts Symposium

Belmont Mansion will again present the Tennessee Decorative Arts Symposium this year on Friday, April 20th, and Saturday, April 21st. The event gathers leading experts in the decorative arts field to speak on a varied range of topics at the Leu Center for the Visual Arts at Belmont University. Friday evening’s opening reception at Historic Travellers Rest will give attendees an opportunity to see that museum’s collection of original and Tennessee made furniture.

Speakers and topics this year are as follows:
• Treasures of Historic Travellers Rest, Sarah Campbell Drury, Vice President of Fine and Decorative Arts, Case Antiques Inc., Auctions & Appraisals;
• A Pleasing Prospect: Transforming Middle Tennessee 1780-1845, C. Tracey Parks, Decorative Arts Scholar;
• Grounds for ‘Improvement’: Belmont Mansion’s Antebellum Garden, Dr. Judy Bullington, Professor of Art History & Chair, Art Department, Belmont University;
• A Look Through Extant & Lost Gardens in Alabama’s Antebellum History, Ian Crawford, Executive Director, Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society;
• Period Furniture Reproduction Work in Middle Tennessee, Alfred Sharp, Cabinetmaker;
• Stories Among the Treads: 19th Century Quilts, Mary McFee Alton, Collections Manager, McMinn County Living Heritage Museum.

Reservations are required to attend. The cost for the full symposium (Friday & Saturday) is $125; attendance at Saturday’s lectures and lunch only is $100. For full program information and to register visit Registrations can also be made by calling 615-460-5459. All of the proceeds will be used to support the educational and public programming efforts of Belmont Mansion.

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