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October 19, 2011

Zierden Joins Tennessee Arts Commisison's Arts Education Program As Special Projects Coordinator

NASHVILLE - - Joining the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Arts Education Program is Nan Zierden.  She has been appointed to the position of special projects coordinator, and will be involved in all aspects of the program. She will primarily support Poetry Out Loud, manage the Teaching Artist Roster, and coordinate the Creativity in Education Institute. She will also assist in the Arts 360º program, an initiative that supports the Commission’s ongoing work in arts integration.

“We are pleased to welcome Nan to the Commission, and look forward to her contributions to arts education in Tennessee,” said Ann Talbott Brown, director of the Arts Education Program. “She brings experience in arts event management and communications, combined with an understanding of the k-12 education system and arts education.”

 Zierden most recently performed contract work for multiple organizations around the Nashville area, including: developing arts programming for the Arts Council of Williamson County; editing two books for Vanderbilt University’s Curb Center; and researching artists for Arts for Business, a corporate art management company.

 Previously she worked as an account executive with Olson Communications. Inc., a full service public relations firm in Scottsdale, Arizona, where she assisted multiple clients in the areas of strategic planning, event planning, corporate sponsorship, media relations, and research.  She has also served as a public information specialist with the Phoenix Art Museum, a nonprofit visual arts organization in Phoenix, Arizona. Prior to those positions, she was the public relations officer for the Albany Institute of History and Art in Albany, New York.

 Zierden received her Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Utah and her Master of Arts degree in arts administration from Boston University. She has also studied art history at Cambridge University in England, and French language and culture at Université de Neuchâtel in Switzerland.

 Nan Zierden, special projects coordinator, can be reached at 615-532-5934 or email: nan.zierden@tn.gov.

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