2015 IAF Winner, Kelly Nicole Bond

By: Grace Robinson Individual Artist Fellowship, Dance Choreographer and performer Kelly Bond uses her art to better know and express the human person. She and her duet partner, Melissa Krodman, have used their past works to explore the consciousness and unconsciousness of humanity. Their newest explorative piece, “Jean & Terry: Your Guides Through Dark, Light […]

The Touring Arts Grants Program returns.

The Tennessee Arts Commission announces this week the return of our popular Touring Arts Grants Program. This category supports Tennessee presenters by providing grants of no more than 50% (up to $5,000) of fees for professional artists being presented to the public and who will offer an educational component with their engagement. Funds are available for […]

National Endowment for the Arts Announces Tennessee’s 2014 Fall Grant Awards

Nashville, TN—Tennessee has received 12 grants from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), totaling $225,000. The grants were in three different categories that include Art Works, Challenge America and Creative Writing Fellowships in Poetry. The awarding of these grants to organizations, schools and individuals across the state is a testament to the rich heritage […]

Roby Cogswell ends a 30 year run with the TN Arts Commission.

GREETINGS FROM ANNE B. POPE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Yesterday the Tennessee Arts Commission held its quarterly meeting in Nashville. At the close of the meeting, Chair Patsy Camp presented Roby Cogswell with a handmade basket made by one of the last active Woodbury white oak basketmakers, Bettie Tanner. From a family of five generations of basketmakers, Ms. Tanner’s […]

Thank you for a great year

By Anne B. Pope, Executive Director – This year has been so rewarding, filled with many accomplishments for the arts in Tennessee. I want to take a moment to say ‘thank you’ to all of you who have made this possible. Thank you to those artists and arts organizations whose work moves communities forward through the […]

Rich Boyd of Tennessee Honored with 2014 Gary Young Award by National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

Washington, D.C. — The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) has named Rich Boyd, former executive director of the Tennessee Arts Commission, the recipient of its 2014 Gary Young Award. The award recognizes Boyd’s exemplary leadership, innovative thinking, and extraordinary contribution to public support for the arts at the state, regional and national levels. […]