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Unexpected Benefits of Accessibility

Part 5 of Arts & Inclusion, A Guide for Expanding Access to the Arts for Persons with Disabilities. From William Coleman, CDE, Former Director of Arts Access – You may be surprised by those who appreciate accommodations meant for others. For example, when offered the choice, many people will use a ramp or elevator instead […]

Position Opening: TN Arts Commission, Arts Education Special Projects Coordinator

Position Description The Tennessee Arts Commission seeks a full-time Arts Education Special Projects Coordinator. Under the supervision of the Arts Education Director, this position works toward full realization of the arts as vital to education and learning in Tennessee.  Specifically, the position manages training and other arts education events and projects for educators, artists and […]

Gallery walk-through with Joanna Higgs Ross, KMA and the TN State Museum

From Krishna Adams, Director of Visual Arts, Craft, Media and Design This past Monday, we at the Tennessee Arts Commission had the great pleasure of welcoming artist Joanna Higgs Ross into our office and gallery. She is the featured solo artist represented in the Commission Gallery exhibition, Joanna Higgs Ross: A Mini-Retrospective 1956-2015. In her straightforward and […]

Marketing Strategies

Part 4 of Arts & Inclusion, A Guide for Expanding Access to the Arts for Persons with Disabilities. From William Coleman, CDE, Former Director of Arts Access – Marketing strategies – or, “If you build it, they will come” Do not go it alone. Reach out and partner with other organizations so your programming and […]

Extensive Arts Education reach in Tennessee – National Study

By Ann Brown, Director of Arts Education – Each year the Tennessee Arts Commission devotes approximately 20 percent of its budget to Arts Education grants. This funding supports projects in schools, community nonprofit organizations and government agencies. Participants include children learning in and through the arts, life-long learners exploring new art forms and teachers gaining skills to […]

Two TN cities selected for recent NEA Big Read grant award

By Lee Baird, Director of Literary Arts –  The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced 75 nonprofit organizations around the U.S. that will receive grant funding to host a Big Read project between September 2015 and June 2016, two of which are Tennessee cities. Germantown and Knoxville, representing both the West and East grand divisions, received a […]