2015 IAF Winner, Melissa Anderson Sweazy

By: Grace Robinson Individual Artist Fellowship, Media Vivacious writer and bold photographer, Melissa Sweazy is a film director, producer and screen writer; and may or may not have been the coveted photographer at your best friend’s wedding. She has won numerous awards for her work in both directing and screenwriting, including the honor of being […]

Arts & Inclusion Conversations encourage us to think differently

By William Coleman, CDE, Director of Arts Access Recently the Tennessee Arts Commission hosted Arts and Inclusion (A&I) Conversations, in partnership with the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities. Representatives of arts and disabilities groups were posed with two questions: what would an inclusive, barrier-free arts experience look like? And, what has been the best or most […]

Tennessee Arts Advocacy Day is March 4, 2015

GREETINGS FROM ANNE B. POPE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Arts Advocacy Day is the one day each year set aside to build awareness for the arts, and this year it is March 4. Tennesseans for the Arts (TFTA) will host Arts Advocacy Day at the Tennessee State Museum. Registration, networking and breakfast will begin at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will […]

William Blount High School’s students have been breathing life into clay.

By Matthew Stewart, The Daily Times |  Nearly 120 art students spent last week creating portrait busts under the supervision of Nan Jacobsohn, a professional artist in residence. Visual arts teacher Doris Poppelreiter acquired Tennessee Arts Commission funds that paid for Jacobsohn’s visit. The high-schoolers will continue working this week on the project. They’re […]

Poetry Out Loud, Not The Typical Student Competition

By James Wells, Poetry Out Loud State Program Coordinator and the Tennessee Arts Commission Arts Education Special Projects Coordinator Imagine walking into a school and intermingled with the typical buzz of students and teachers, you hear the rhythmic hum of poetry being recited.  Classic poets, Keats, Dickinson and Poe, as well as modern lyrists, Ellis, Clampitt […]