by Ann Brown, Director of Arts Education, originally published in Nashville Arts magazine, August 2015
August means back to school for many. The smell of freshly sharpened pencils, a new box of crayons, and pink erasers are synonymous with a new academic year. For teachers, lesson planning, in-services, and organizing classrooms mark the beginning of school. As a former music teacher, all it takes is a slight shift in the seasons to remind me of marching band rehearsals, ordering recorders for elementary classes, and the excitement that comes with meeting new students for the first time.
As we embark on the new school year, I’d like to share ways the Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC) aims to bolster the arts in education through grants, programs, and tools to help educators as they plan for the year.