Frist Center Participates in Blue Star Museums

From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts will offer free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families as part of the Blue Star Museums collaboration. The Frist is only one of over 2,000 museums who has joined the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Blue Star Families and the Department […]

Old Time Music Loses Legend Musician, Bill Birchfield

By Bradley A. Hanson, PhD, Director of Folklife – Bill Birchfield, founding member of the traditional Appalachian string band the Roan Mountain Hilltoppers and an exceptional, idiosyncratic musician on several string instruments, died this past Friday, May 15,th at age sixty-nine. Starting in the late 1970s, Bill was an anchor in his family’s band, at first […]

Five Tennessee Music Institutions Nominated for USA Today ‘Reader’s Choice’

A big congratulations to the music institutions of Tennessee. USA Today is currently hosting numerous Reader’s Choice Top 10 competitions. From BBQ to small towns, readers are compiling lists of this year’s best by voting on nominees selected by experts in the field. Musical Attraction nominees were pulled not just from around the United States, […]

Pam Breaux Appointed NASAA CEO

The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) board of directors recently announced the appointment of Pam Breaux as NASAA’s chief executive officer. Succeeding Jonathan Katz, who stepped down in November 2014 after 29 years as NASAA CEO, Breaux will take her leadership position July 6, 2015. She is currently completing her appointment as assistant secretary of […]

The Hermann Jaeger Juried Fine Art Competition–call for entries

The Neosho Arts Council (NAC), of Missouri, is hosting The Hermann Jaeger Juried Fine Art Competition. This is a regional art competition, and NAC is holding a call for artist entries. The exhibit is open to all artists 18 years of age or older, amateur or professional.  Entries must be original 2D works. Deadline to enter is July 20, 2015. Cash […]

Know Your Audience

Part 2 of Arts & Inclusion, A Guide for Expanding Access to the Arts for Persons with Disabilities. From William Coleman, CDE, Former Director of Arts Access – A little knowledge about the nature of the challenges that come with different disabilities can be the difference between a warm welcome or a regretful, “I’ll never […]