CALL FOR ENTRIES | Materials: Hard & Soft National Contemporary Craft

The Greater Denton Arts Council announces the opening of its 2016 Call for Entries for the 29th annual Materials: Hard & Soft National Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition. Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country, Materials: Hard & Soft began in 1987 and was originally initiated by area artist Georgia Leach […]

The Arts Empower – AFTA Conference Recap

By Krishna Adams, Director of Visual Arts, Craft, Media and Design – This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the Americans for the Arts (AFTA) annual conference for the first time. Among other arts advocates from across the country, I had the opportunity to network and learn the most current best practices and programs for […]

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, […]