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November 19 , 2010

Memphis Welcomes Tennessee Arts Commission For Quarterly Meeting

NASHVILLE - - The Tennessee Arts Commission will hold its next quarterly meeting in Memphis at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, located at 1934 Poplar Avenue. The meeting will be Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 11 a.m. (CST).

The Brooks Museum is recognized as one of the largest and most innovative museums in the American South, and known nationally for its educational programs, community outreach, and world-class art collection.

Quarterly Commission meetings are open to the public and as part of the meeting agenda, a public hearing is scheduled where Memphis and regional arts organizations are invited to address the board. ArtsMemphis is assisting the Commission with local arrangements. Susan Schadt, president and CEO of ArtsMemphis, is pleased the Commission is coming to Memphis.

“ArtsMemphis is so happy to welcome the Tennessee Arts Commission to Memphis for their December meeting,” said Schadt. “We are excited that they will get to experience the unique vibe of Memphis and our vibrant, diverse artistic community. We look forward to making their visit a memorable and enjoyable one.”

Rich Boyd, executive director of the Tennessee Arts Commission, says the Commission is pleased about returning to Memphis.
“Memphis is a city with a rich cultural heritage, and in recent years the arts have become central to the quality of life in the city,” said Boyd. “Our three Commission members from Memphis have helped plan an exciting agenda.” Commission members from Memphis include Gale Jones Carson, Lucia Gilliland, and Carol W. Prentiss.

According to Ellen M. Hays, chair of the Commission, the meeting agenda will include reports on the Fiscal Year 2012 State Budget, the Arts Access Program, and the Interboard Committee on the 2011 Governor’s Arts Awards. An update will be provided on activities of Tennesseans for the Arts, and a report on the 107th General Assembly to convene in January 2011. Other Commission business will include reports on Inaugural activities of Governor-Elect Bill Haslam, and Policy 22 Sub-Recipient grant monitoring.

Commission members will have an opportunity to visit arts organizations near the meeting site. According to Schadt, these include the new Playhouse on the Square, Memphis College of Art in Overton Park, New Ballet Ensemble and School, Center for Southern Folklore, the Orpheum Theatre, Stax Museum of American Soul Music/Stax Music Academy, and the National Ornamental Metal Museum. “The Memphis arts are always at your fingertips with our comprehensive cultural calendar at artsmemphis.org, or our Arts App, downloadable for free on iTunes,” says Schadt.

 

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