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December 3 , 2008


NASHVILLE - - The Tennessee Arts Commission has launched the research phase of an architectural survey to identify Tennessee’s existing historic performing arts facilities. This multi-year project addresses the Commission’s work in cultural tourism, and preserving the state’s cultural heritage. The project also relates to the agency’s long range plan to establish a design program that could provide technical assistance and capital improvement to historic performance facilities.

 “With numerous theaters and performance halls located across the state, this Commission initiative seeks to document an important part of our state’s cultural history,” says Hal Partlow, director of the Commission’s Performing Arts Program.

According to Partlow, submissions must meet specific criteria. The building must still be standing and constructed prior to 1970, and have a history of use as a performing arts space.  Movie theaters that have been converted to performing multi-arts use are eligible, but movie houses built for film screenings and used solely for that purpose throughout the building’s history are not eligible for inclusion in the survey.

Information may be sent to F. Lynne Bachleda, project researcher, by e-mail at: bachleda@bellsouth.net. Although e-mail contact is preferred, the mailing address is: 7473 Harrow Drive, Nashville, Tennessee 37221. Information should be submitted no later than Dec. 22, 2008.  Include the name and address of building, date it was built, architect (if known), a brief history (one or two paragraphs), contact person, and images if available.

For general information about the project contact Hal Partlow, performing arts director for the Commission, at (615) 532-9801 or e-mail: hal.partlow@state.tn.us.

The Tennessee Arts Commission is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences that add value to the lives of every citizen, and enhances the quality of life in Tennessee communities.

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