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Chattanooga resident to be TN Arts Commission Secretary

For Immediate Release
July 12, 2016

Chattanooga resident to be the new Tennessee Arts Commission Secretary

Nashville—Jan Ramsey of Chattanooga, Tennessee, will serve as the Tennessee Arts Commission Secretary for fiscal year 2017. Her term began on July 1, 2016 and will conclude on June 30, 2017. The Commission members unanimously voted for the new leadership during the quarterly meeting held in Nashville on May 25, 2016. Chair, Lisa Bobango of Memphis and Vice-Chair, Ritche Bowden also of Memphis will join Ramsey in office.

“We are so pleased about the selection of Ms. Ramsey as the incoming secretary,” says Anne B. Pope, Tennessee Arts Commission Executive Director. “The arts in Tennessee are very fortunate to have Ms. Ramsey’s experience as a long-time arts advocate and community leader.”

A Cheatham County native, Ramsey was appointed to the Tennessee Arts Commission in 2013. She has served on the Allocations Committee and the Committee for Governor’s Arts Awards.

“I have seen how Chattanooga has benefitted from strong arts and culture. The arts help improve our communities and schools while making us more rounded individuals,” said Ramsey. “I am honored to accept this new leadership position on the state level.”

Starting her career as a legal assistant in Nashville, Ramsey then moved on to the insurance business and has now been active with several civic and non-profit organizations in Chattanooga, including the Republican Women’s Club, the PTA and the Ronald McDonald House. She enjoyed helping to establish the Read 20 program and is presently serving on the Advisory Council for The Next Door Chattanooga. Jan also serves on the board for ArtsBuild in Chattanooga.

The Tennessee Arts Commission is a state arts agency whose mission is to cultivate the arts for the benefit of all Tennesseans and their communities. A 15-member board that is appointed by the Governor for a five-year term governs the Tennessee Arts Commission. The Commission meetings occur quarterly and are open to the public. More information about the Tennessee Arts Commission can be found at the website,