Jackson Excites Students Singing the Blues

By Chris Gadd, The Dickson Herald |  Friday, May 1, 2015 –   Tennessee Arts Commission blues performer Kenneth Jackson entertained both students and educators at Oakmont Elementary School last month. Jackson was a replacement for an earlier reserved act after the ice storm caused that performance to be canceled. Oakmont music teacher Kristina […]

Arts Vibrancy Index Identifies Notable Cities in the Arts

By Anne B. Pope, Executive Director – In December of 2014, Southern Methodist University’s National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) created its first ever Arts Vibrancy Index, which was made available to the public in January of 2015. The index identifies which U.S. cities host thriving arts scenes, naming a Tennessee city – the Nashville Metropolitan […]

Professional Development Grant Applications Now Available

By Hal Partlow, Associate Director of Grants – Professional development opportunities are excellent ways  to enhance knowledge and skills for personal career growth and community benefit. The Professional Development Support Grant Program is designed to assist monetarily up to $750 individual Tennessee artists and professional arts administrators in taking advantage of such opportunities that will offer significant advancement. […]

Targeted Arts Development Initiative

By Hal Partlow, Associate Director of Grants – The Targeted Arts Development Initiative (TADI) is a strategy developed by the Tennessee Arts Commission to reach out to counties identified as being under-represented in Commission investments. TADI began in 2014, with an initial three-year pilot identifying 10 counties that have historically received little to no Commission funding: Giles, […]

A Note from the Executive Director

By Anne B. Pope, Executive Director – Yesterday, June 10, was the Tennessee Arts Commission’s final quarterly meeting for the 2015 fiscal year; it had a very full agenda and ended the year with success. Per the norm for the June meeting, the focus was on grant funding. The board voted to approve the FY2016 budget […]

Gift-A-Tag voucher, buy one for Dad and one for you.

Father’s Day is coming fast. Have no idea what to get Dad? How about renewing his specialty license plate with a Gift-A-Tag. Purchase one online and he will instantly receive an email telling him you bought it for him. No wrapping needed. And it will save him $35 when it comes time to renew his favorite […]