2015 IAF Winner, Todd Dills

By: Grace Robinson – Individual Artist Fellowship, Literary Arts Fiction writer and creative journalist, Todd Dills has been immersed in his career of words for nearly two decades. He uses his work as a vehicle to explore the drama particular to contemporary lives. The novel he is currently writing, Shining Man, depicts one man’s journey […]

2015 IAF Winner, Keri Pagetta

By: Grace Robinson Individual Artist Fellowship, Theater From Veggie Tales to Steel Magnolias, Keri Pagetta’s acting talent and experience is widespread. Be it serious or comedic, film or live theatre, commercial or fairytale, Keri find’s her inspiration rooted in one idea–joy. As the Ancient Egyptians believe a good and full life is one that both […]

2015 IAF Winner, Melissa Anderson Sweazy

By: Grace Robinson Individual Artist Fellowship, Media Vivacious writer and bold photographer, Melissa Sweazy is a film director, producer and screen writer; and may or may not have been the coveted photographer at your best friend’s wedding. She has won numerous awards for her work in both directing and screenwriting, including the honor of being […]

Arts & Inclusion Conversations encourage us to think differently

By William Coleman, CDE, Director of Arts Access Recently the Tennessee Arts Commission hosted Arts and Inclusion (A&I) Conversations, in partnership with the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities. Representatives of arts and disabilities groups were posed with two questions: what would an inclusive, barrier-free arts experience look like? And, what has been the best or most […]