2016 Conference to combine Create with statewide arts conference.

By Ann Brown, Director of Arts Education –

The Commission invites you to save the dates June 7-10, 2016, and join us for Collective Impact: Arts Administrators, Educators and Artists Together as Community Change Agents, to be held at Bradley Academy, an Arts Integrated School, and Patterson Park Community Center.

Bringing together artists, arts administrators and educators in a new way, the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Collective Impact Conference combines the former Create education institute with the statewide arts conference.

The purpose of the conference is to bring together the Commission’s distinct constituencies (artists, arts administrators, and educators) to learn strategies that use the arts to make change in communities. Attendees will attend nuts and bolts workshops, plenary presentations with national speakers, and collaborative planning sessions to explore community issues/needs through the arts.

With an “unconference” approach, this participant-driven gathering will explore a common agenda of addressing community issues through the arts. Attendees will identify challenges, share and gather expertise from the field, and walk away with strategies to be a part of the solution to lasting change in their communities.

The conference will include local site visits and evening excursions to explore the exciting arts scene in Murfreesboro.

For more information about Collective Impact,  view the Collective Impact article by John Kania and Mark Kramer published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Bookmark the conference webpage as more information will be added frequently as details come in.