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Tenessee Arts Advocacy Day is Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at the War Memorial Auditorium. Join us for a morning of networking, learning, and plan to meet with your legislators in the Tennessee General Assembly.  TFTA’s Advocacy Leadership Team will be available to help guide attendees through legislative visits. Register here.


South Arts, the Southern regional arts organization, is facilitating scholarship opportunities to attend the South + Appalachia Regional Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit, April 16 – 18, 2019 in Columbia, SC. The Summit is presented by The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking in partnership with South Arts and ArtPlace America, and is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

A limited number of scholarships up to $500.00 are offered to organizations within the Southern region to offset registration fees and travel/lodging costs associated with conference attendance. South Arts encourages organizations to send teams of two or more to the conference, including representatives of arts/culture organizations and others (city government, Main Street, community development agencies, higher education, etc.) who may be likely partners in creative placemaking efforts. Awards are limited to one scholarship per organization. Preference will be given to attendees from small and rural communities.

Note: Population of 50,000 or below is one standard definition of rural. For this program, South Arts will use this as a guidepost only; applicants may describe why their community should be considered small or rural. Information about the conference and online registration can be found at https://www.cpcommunities.org/register. If you live in Tennessee, apply through the Tennessee Arts Commission, Hal Partlow, (615) 741-2093 hal.partlow@tn.gov


South Arts is searching for leaders in the presenting field from our nine-state region to serve as panelists for our grants program. Our grant panels take place in April, May, and June with each panel comprised of several panelists who have proven experience and expertise in at least one of the major performing arts disciplines (dance, music, and theater) or in literary arts. Read more about our panel process and nominate yourself on our site.

If you’re planning to submit a grant application to South Arts this year, consider nominating yourself by February 25 to serve on the Performing Arts Exchange (PAE) Juried Showcase panel. To learn more about our Juried Showcase panel process and to nominate yourself, please visit our Juried Showcase page.


Artspace seeks two artists to participate in the 6-month Regional Emerging Artist Residency (July – December 2019).

Resident artists receive 24-hour access to a private rent-free studio. The Residency concludes with a one-month exhibition at Artspace.

During the Residency, artists benefit from opportunities for professional development and collaboration with peers. Residents actively contribute to Artspace’s artistic and educational programming by participating in First Friday, being available for studio visits + tours, working in their studios, and giving a presentation, artist talk and/or demonstration to the public to coincide with their residency or exhibition.

Artspace strives to be fully accessible to artists with disabilities. Artspace’s facilities are fully accessible and we encourage all artists to consider submitting for our residency opportunities. If you have any questions or concerns about the program’s accessibility please contact Annah Lee at 919.821.2787 or alee@artspacenc.org.

Appalachian Center for Craft “Educators’ Week” workshop program. In workshops listed as “Educators’ Week,” educators who enroll receive a 50% discount on the workshop and room fee for the week. The program is outlined below and in-depth on this webpage https://www.tntech.edu/craftcenter/workshops/summer-workshops/educators-week.

During Educators Week, educators will receive hands-on training in selecting and preparing materials for class, appropriate and safe use of tools and equipment, lesson plans, project ideas and instruction, troubleshooting advice, introduction and alignment to new art curriculum standards, introduction to grant applications and kits of materials and tools to take back to the classroom. Though anyone may enroll in these workshops, we offer a 50% discount on the registration fee for workshops labeled “Educators’ Week” to 6th-12th grade educators (room and board cannot be discounted). Please direct questions to Gail Gentry at ggentry@tntech.edu. Three workshops are offered in the Educators’ Week category and include: Ceramics 101 with Jessica Wilson, Making Paper in the Classroom with Claudia Lee, and Introduction to Metalsmithing with Anne Bujold. Proof of employment at a public or private educational institution is required at check-in.


Chattanooga has been selected to host the 3rd International Placemaking Week on October 1-4, 2019. Building on 2017’s dynamic event in Amsterdam, this year’s conference seeks to highlight Chattanooga’s strong sense of community, deep history of placemaking, and intrepid focus on innovation, while setting the scene for conversations that promise to challenge, motivate, and inspire.

Do you know anyone who has a great story to share about how a public space has impacted a community? Placemaking Week’s call for proposals is now openand we’re hoping you can help spread the word! We want to hear about experiences, stories, tools, and lessons, that can help us better understand how placemaking can help address local and global challenges.

The conference organizers, Project for Public Spaces, is accepting proposals until March 20th, 2019. If you have any questions about the conference or your proposal, please email info@placemakingweek.org.

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