41st Annual Fall Tennessee Craft Fair

  Continuing the Hand Crafted Tradition From Laurie Davis, TN Craft – Excite your senses and experience the 41st Annual Fall Tennessee Craft Fair during Tennessee Craft Week on Centennial Park’s lower lawn, October 11, 12, and 13. Professional artisans from Tennessee and the surrounding states join craft artists traveling from California, Rhode Island, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Utah, and more. Serving approximately 50,000 […]

Application for South Arts Southern Prize and State Fellowships Now Open

From Ivan Schustak, Communications Director, South Arts – South Arts has opened applications for this year’s Southern Prize and State Fellowships. We are offering up to $30,000 in cash awards to visual artists in our region (AL, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, and TN); this includes nine State Fellowships worth $5,000 each as […]

TN Arts Website Refresh

From Suzanne Lynch, Director of Marketing and Development – If you haven’t noticed already, last week we launched our updated website at We hope that you will find the new site easy to navigate and helpful. Many of the pages feature a long-scrolling layout so be sure to keep scrolling down to the end […]

Governor and First Lady Lee Announce Twelve Recipients of the 2019 Governor’s Arts Awards

Governor and First Lady Lee have announced twelve recipients who will receive a Tennessee Governor’s Arts Award, Tennessee’s highest honor in the arts. Since 1971, the Governor’s Arts Awards have celebrated those who have made outstanding contributions to the state’s cultural life. An awards ceremony for the recipients will take place in Conservation Hall at the […]

Introducing Melissa Moody, Arts Build Communities Coordinator

From Shannon Ford, Director of Community Arts Development It is with great pleasure that I announce that Melissa Moody has been hired as the new Arts Build Communities Coordinator. Melissa will join me in managing the Arts Build Communities grant program, which annually funds arts and cultural projects across the state in partnership with 13 […]

Welcome Evangeline Mee To The Tennessee Folklife Program

Dr. Bradley Hanson, Director of Folklife– I am pleased to announce the appointment of Evangeline Mee as the Tennessee Arts Commission’s new Traditional Arts Specialist. Evangeline joins me in our work across the state to document, preserve, and present Tennessee’s diverse folklife. She will be integral to the Folklife Program’s ongoing grants work and apprenticeship […]