Article features basket-makers

By Mike West, Cannon Courier – Years in the making, a “new” Tennessee Folklore Society article provides much information about Cannon County’s basketmakers. Written by Robert Cogswell, a recently retired staff member of the Tennessee Arts Commission, the article is 70-plus pages in length and explores the history and traditions of white oak baskets. It also […]

Back to School with the Arts

by Ann Brown, Director of Arts Education, originally published in Nashville Arts magazine, August 2015 August means back to school for many. The smell of freshly sharpened pencils, a new box of crayons, and pink erasers are synonymous with a new academic year. For teachers, lesson planning, in-services, and organizing classrooms mark the beginning of […]

STS opens Tuesday, August 4

From Ann Brown, Director of Arts Education – The Student Ticket Subsidy (STS) online eGrant application opens Tuesday, August 4 at 8:00 a.m. CDT. Schools may apply for funding to either have an artist or arts group brought into the school, or for students to take a field trip to see a performance or visit […]

Baldwin Lee to exhibit at the Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery

Photographer Baldwin Lee’s project Photographs of Black Americans in the South will be on exhibition in the Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery from July 31 through September 18. The collection is a compilation of seven years worth of work. In the early 1980s, Lee spent two weeks driving the South, taking photos for project inspiration. After […]

Grants Update

From Hal Partlow, Associate Director of Grants –  In grants news, Student Ticket Subsidy (STS) applications for the 2015-2016 school year will become available August 4. Started in 2010, the program provides funds for artist fees, ticket costs and transportation fees for students from Tennessee public schools to experience a broad variety of cultural opportunities, arts disciplines […]

Creative Placemaking Competition Update

From Anne B. Pope, Executive Director – The Creative Placemaking Grants Competition successfully closed last Friday, and I am pleased to say that we received over 40 applications.  This large number of applicants is composed of many organizations with excellent and innovative ideas and even a few new constituents to the Tennessee Arts Commission. True to the […]