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October 13, 2011

Brown Appointed Arts Education Director For The Tennessee Arts Commission

Ann Talbott Brown has been appointed director of the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Arts Education Program. She previously served as special projects coordinator, and will now assume leadership of the program, including managing the arts education grant categories, Arts 360º, Teaching Artist Roster, and the Creativity in Education Institute. She will also coordinate the agency’s ongoing work in arts integration, which has received national recognition.

In making the announcement, Rich Boyd, executive director of the Commission, said, “the agency has benefited from Ann’s work in many of our arts education projects for the past two years, and with her appointment as director, we will continue the Commission’s tradition of excellence, building on our record of success in arts education programming.”

 A native of Illinois, Brown received her bachelor’s degree in music education from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. She received her master’s degree in arts administration from the University of Oregon, with a certificate in nonprofit management.

Before joining the Commission staff in 2009, Brown was the music director at Jonesboro Elementary School in Jonesboro, Illinois, where she taught general music, band, and chorus to students in grades kindergarten through eight.

Her administrative experience includes work both in university arts programs and nonprofit organizations. She worked in the University of Oregon Arts and Administration Department and with the Education Department of the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra in Washington State. She was the Cultural Forum Coordinator for the Willamette Valley Music Festival where she was responsible for logistics of over 20 concerts and arts events at the Cuthbert Amphitheater in Eugene, Oregon. Brown served as the program manager at the Southern Illinois University School of Music where she designed programs for a school of 31 faculty and over 200 students. She was also orchestra manager and the executive assistant to the artistic director at the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra and was involved with the the Southern Illinois Music Festival, a three-week jazz and classical music festival.

A classical musician, Brown has performed with the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra and the Southern Illinois Wind Ensemble as principal oboist. She has also performed with the Southern Illinois Double Reed Chamber Group and Woodwind Quintet, providing outreach concerts for schools and communities.

Ann Talbott Brown, director of arts education, can be reached at 615-532-5939, or email: ann.brown@tn.gov.

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