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November 3, 2011

William Coleman Appointed Arts Access Director

NASHVILLE - - William Coleman has been appointed arts access director for the Tennessee Arts Commission, effective November 1. The Arts Access program is designed to support underserved constituents and organizations across the state, and identify barriers to Commission programs and funding for these groups. The program also provides training and technical assistance. Coleman will also act as the Title VI and Accessibility Coordinator for the agency.

“It’s important that all Tennesseans have access to the arts, and with the addition of William as the new arts access director, we plan to keep moving this important program forward,” said Rich Boyd, executive director of the Commission.

Coleman’s responsibilities will include the development and administration of state and federal grants to arts organizations, non-arts organizations, individual and group artists producing arts projects. He will provide individual consultation, assisting constituent groups in the grant making process.  In addition, he will be involved in planning events, developing workshops, and facilitate meetings for specific groups served by the Commission.

Coleman comes to the Commission from Midwest City High School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where he was the choral director. He also taught music theory and music appreciation, and managed the Vocal Music program. Since 1999, he has served as director of music at the Performing Arts Day Camp for Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation.  Previously he was the director of music and accompanist at Quail Springs United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City.

Coleman received a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science from Purdue University in West LaFayette, Indiana, and a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He has a Master of Arts degree in piano performance from Middle Tennessee State University, and a Master of Music in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma.

William Coleman, director of arts access, can be reached at 615-532-9797 or email: william.coleman@tn.gov.

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