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October 2, 2009

Tennessee Arts Commission To Hold Quarterly Meeting At Paris Landing State Park

NASHVILLE - - The Tennessee Arts Commission will hold its next quarterly meeting at Paris Landing State Park on Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 10 a.m. (CST).  The meeting will be held in the Paris Landing Lodge, Conference Room A.  Paris Landing State Park is located at 16055 U.S. Hwy. 79 North in Buchanan, Tennessee, which is 18 miles east of Paris and 45 miles west of Clarksville.

Mary Lodge, executive director of the Paris-Henry County Arts Council, is excited about the Commission coming to Paris Landing. “We are pleased to welcome the Tennessee Arts Commission, and hope they will enjoy their visit. While here we will encourage our visitors to explore and experience everything Paris and Henry County has to offer.” 

Prior to the quarterly meeting, the Commission will host Reflect, Recharge, Reset…Working Together in Tough Times, at Paris Landing. The statewide conference will focus on the economic vitality of Tennessee’s arts organizations.

The state arts agency is required to have at least one quarterly meeting outside of Nashville per year. “With the conference scheduled for Paris Landing, it was an appropriate time to hold the quarterly meeting in West Tennessee,” says Rich Boyd, executive director of the Commission. “It’s a very scenic area and one of the better state park facilities. The Commission is looking forward to being in this part of the state.”

According to Kim Wood McClamroch, chair of the Commission, the meeting agenda will include a report from Tennesseans for the Arts (TFTA), the statewide arts advocacy organization. TFTA representatives will discuss advocacy efforts for the coming year and reorganization of the TFTA Board. The Commission’s Folklife Program will provide a report on the recent Latino Arts Meeting held in Nashville, which brought together 28 attendees concerned with the arts in the state’s Spanish-speaking communities. The meeting offered a summary of past and present Commission outreach efforts, networking opportunities, arts activities and organizational priorities, and an overview of the Commission’s funding opportunities. One of the goals was to build momentum for the Latino Arts Initiative, which is directed under the Folklife and Traditional Arts Partnership grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
  As part of the Consent Agenda, the quarterly meeting will include discussion about the FY2011 State Budget.

As always, the Commission’s quarterly meetings are open to the public. Members of the Paris-Henry County Arts Council, along with area arts supporters and interested individuals, are invited to attend.

While in West Tennessee, Lodge hopes the Commission will have time to visit some of Paris’ cultural amenities. A few of the sites she suggests include: the Heritage Center, a local history museum featuring historic artifacts and photographs; The Lee Academy for the Arts, which offers year-round classes and workshops with an emphasis on visual and performing arts; the Krider Performing Arts Center; and the Paris Winery. “Paris and Henry County have a lot to offer. We have a thriving downtown area, and our residents love to welcome visitors,” adds Lodge. “And like that other city in France, Paris even has their own Eiffel Tower.”

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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