Join TFTA in Nashville for Arts Advocacy Day March 2

By Suzanne Lynch, Director of Marketing and Development – Tennessee’s Arts Advocacy Day is just two weeks away. Have you registered? Each year, arts supporters from across the state gather in Nashville to visit with their lawmakers. Organized and presented by Tennesseans for the Arts (TFTA), Arts Advocacy Day offers the opportunity for all segments […]

New NEA Data Shows Arts and Cultural Production Contributed $704.2 Billion to the U.S. Economy in 2013

By Sally Gifford, NEA Public Affairs –  New Figures Underscore Strong Impact from the Performing Arts  Washington, DC—Today’s creative economy gets a big boost from the arts, according to new data from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. The latest figures cover 1998 to 2013 and they spotlight fast-growing […]

Collective Impact Conference update

By Suzanne Lynch, Director of Marketing and Development – Spring is fast approaching and the TN Arts Commission staff have been planning the 4-day statewide arts conference, Collective Impact that will take place in Murfreesboro June 7-10. This conference is shaping up to be one you should not miss. Around the theme of coming together […]

Dayton 3rd Grader is Tennessee’s winner in Doodle4Google Competition

By Dani Brown, Arts Education Special Projects Coordinator – Aiden McRorie is a 3rd grader at Dayton City Elementary School and the Tennessee state winner of the national Doodle4Google contest. On Friday, February 5, she was congratulated during an all-school assembly for her winning entry. Aiden has already won big by claiming the Tennessee title. […]

Advocate for the Arts in Washington, D.C.

Arts Advocacy Day is March 7–8, 2016 in Washington, D.C. From Americans For the Arts (AFTA) – Next week, President Obama will release his administration’s FY 2017 budget request, which kicks off the appropriations process in Washington. The next stop in the budget process is Congress. Will you be at Arts Advocacy Day in March to tell your member of Congress to […]

Anti-bullying message drummed into Wilson students

By Andy Humbles, The Tennessean — Students at Lakeview Elementary School in Wilson County got an anti-bullying message Friday the only way Zig Wajler delivers them. “It was loud,” first-grader Foster Riley said. Wajler, a Wilson County resident, is a musician with an emphasis on percussion who visits schools all across North America with different […]