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March 28, 2011

Tennessee Arts Commission To Meet At Schermerhorn Symphony Center

NASHVILLE - - The Tennessee Arts Commission will hold its next quarterly meeting in Nashville at the Nashville Symphony - Schermerhorn Symphony Center, located downtown at One Symphony Place. The meeting will be Thursday, April 7 at 10 a.m. (CDT).

Built in a contemporary neoclassical style, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center was inspired by some of the world’s great concert halls, many of which were built in the late 19th century. Its shoebox designed 1,844-seat Laura Turner Concert Hall is one of the few halls nationwide to feature natural interior light through 30 special soundproof windows. Designed to present a variety of musical genres, the concert hall provides vivid sound of natural instruments.

According to Ellen Hays, chair of the Commission, the meeting agenda will include reports about the Creative Influences and International Cultural Exchange Initiative, and the 2011 Governor’s Arts Awards. With the Hemlock Semiconductor plant under construction in Clarksville and the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, the Commission is exploring the idea of an International Cultural Exchange with Germany. The Governor’s Arts Awards, held every two years, recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to the cultural life of Tennessee, and are Tennessee’s highest honor in the arts.

Molly Pratt, government and community relations consultant for Tennesseans for the Arts, will provide a legislative update and a report on Arts Advocacy Day on the Hill. Rod Reiner, deputy director of the Commission, will report on the Peer Advisory Panel Review schedule. Panel meetings began in March, and will continue through April. The Commission’s Advisory Panels meet once a year to review grant applications.
  Commission members and staff will tour the Schermerhorn Symphony Center prior to the quarterly meeting.

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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