2015 IAF Winner, Dr. Amy Michele Wright

By: Grace Robinson Individual Artist Fellowship, Literary Arts Author and poet, Dr. Amy Wright has sampled many “ancient convenience foods” to further her research. From her background in dairy farming to her current interest in food sustainability, Amy uses her literary gift to put her past and present into words. While the subject matter of […]

Arts Essential to Learning

By Ann Brown, Director of Arts Education The Tennessee Arts Commission recently spent 18 months gathering feedback from Tennesseans about the role of the arts in their communities, schools and lives for the basis of a new five-year strategic plan. The new plan includes a goal solely devoted to arts education: Arts Essential to Learning. […]

2015 IAF Winner, Montana Coll Torrey

By: Grace Robinson Individual Artist Fellowship, Visual Art Montana Torrey has travelled nationally and internationally in pursuit of art. After discovering in graduate school the freedom and opportunities that outdoor installations offered, she has developed her art to explore sites of protection, paranoia, absence and longing. Working outside of a gallery, Montana believes her projects […]

NEA Infographics offer insight to Arts Participation

GREETINGS FROM ANNE B. POPE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR As we get into the thick of the Tennessee Arts Commission’s grant season, I would like to bring attention to three new reports the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) recently shared in the form of infographics. In addition to reinforcing the belief that the arts are a necessary […]

2015 IAF Winner, Laurel Jean Sprague

By: Grace Robinson Individual Artist Fellowship, Craft Mixed media artist Laurel Jean Sprague uses her work to express the relationship between humanity and the natural world. Beginning as a portrait photographer, she now integrates this skill with numerous other techniques to produce her works. Most recently she has used a variety of processes and mediums […]

Photographs from the Field: 30 Years of the Folklife Program

By Dana Everts-Boehm, Folklife Program Assistant — As Folklife Program Assistant, I have had the great privilege of working with Dr. Robert Cogswell to promote and preserve Tennessee’s rich folk culture. Dr. Cogswell’s dedication to Tennessee’s folklife traditions is clearly evident in TAC’s current exhibition, Photographs from the Field: 30 Years of the Folklife Program. The […]