Capacity Building Services
Tennessee Association of Craft Artists
The Tennessee Association of Craft Artists (TACA) is a statewide, independent, non-profit organization founded in 1965 to encourage, develop and promote crafts and craftspeople in Tennessee.
Tennessee Association of Dance
The Tennessee Association of Dance (TAD) is a statewide network of organizations and individuals dedicated to artistic excellence and committed to ensuring that dance is a vital and respected part of life for all Tennesseans. TAD provides services that support communication, fellowship, advocacy, leadership, and education for a broad-based dance constituency.
Tennessee Theatre Association
The Tennessee Theatre Association was founded in 1968 with the aid of a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission. Two hundred and thirty-five people from every part of Tennessee met in Crossville on September 7 and 8 for the first conference, and the late Paul Crabtree was elected the first president. Over the years the purpose of the organization has remained the same: the promotion of the highest standards of theatre throughout the State of Tennessee. To accomplish that purpose, the Association serves as a vehicle for communication through its newsletters and through its annual convention. It provides members with workshops, programs and seminars and with the opportunity to meet, work with and learn from each other as well as from invited theatre professionals from other states. TTA also serves as a liaison between Tennessee, regional, and national theatre organizations.
Tennessee Alliance for Arts Education
The Tennessee Alliance for Arts Education unites educators, artists, and community leaders to promote, support, and advocate for arts education for all children in grades K-12 throughout the state.
Tennessee Arts Education Association
Tennessee Music Teachers Association (TMTA) seeks to raise standards of music teaching and performance in the state, to cultivate fraternal relations among members of the profession, to support members in all matters pertaining to their profession, to develop productive relationships with schools and community organizations, and to promote accreditation for qualified music teachers in Tennessee. TMTA promotes local, state, divisional and national meetings and conferences; sponsors auditions at local and state levels for students from elementary through college levels; certifies private music teachers; makes annual awards to a "Teacher of the Year" and "Composer of the Year," and sponsors workshops by outstanding artist-teachers.
Tennesseans for the Arts
Tennesseans for the Arts is a state-wide non-profit advocacy organization that brings together arts organizations, government agencies, businesses, artists and citizens to speak out for the arts in Tennessee. Since 1981, TFTA has generated awareness of the arts, promoted legislation and issues important to the arts, and worked to increase funding for the arts.
Founded in 1973 through funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Humanities Tennessee is dedicated to developing a sense of community through educational programs in the humanities across Tennessee. An organization that began with a focus on grant-making and cultural development of the state's museums and historical organizations has grown into a multi-faceted not-for-profit with two distinct focuses: studies of community history and cultural life and studies of language and literature.
Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (TNVLA) is a nonprofit organization that provides free legal assistance and education to low-income artists of all disciplines and emerging nonprofit arts organizations located in the greater Nashville area. TNVLA offers a variety of free services including referrals to volunteer lawyers, legal clinics, and educational programs.