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September 4, 2012


Tri-Cities To Welcome Tennessee Arts Commission For Quarterly Meeting

Meeting will be held in Johnson City

NASHVILLE - - The Tennessee Arts Commission will hold its next quarterly meeting in Johnson City at the Carnegie Hotel, located at 1216 W. State of Franklin Road.  The meeting will be held in the Grand Soldiers Ballroom on Wednesday, September 19 at 9 a.m. (ET).

The Commission traditionally holds at least one meeting a year outside of Nashville. This allows the state’s arts agency to become more aware of the creative assets across the state, and provides an opportunity to meet constituents in their respective communities.

The Tri-Cities have a wealth of cultural resources.  With roots that run deep and strong, music has played an important role in the region. Bluegrass has a storied history, and the early beginnings of County music are tied to the region. The Birthplace of Country Music Cultural Heritage Center is dedicated to preserving the history of this musical heritage.  And music of a different style is presented throughout the year by Kingsport’s Symphony of the Mountains and the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra. Traditional storytelling from the area has gained national recognition, and the region has a host of community theaters offering quality performances.

Commission members from Johnson City include Ann Smith and Ed Gerace. They have worked together in planning an exciting agenda for the state arts agency’s visit.
  “We are so excited to welcome the Tennessee Arts Commission to Northeast Tennessee,” says Smith. “While here for the quarterly meeting, we also want to encourage our special guests to explore and discover all the rich cultural amenities our region has to offer.”

Gerace shares Smith’s enthusiasm about the Commission coming to the Tri-Cities. “It’s an honor for our region to host the Commission, and we’re all looking forward to a successful and productive meeting,” said Gerace. “It’s also an opportunity to spotlight the traditional arts and cultural heritage that exists in this historic part of our state.”

According to Bob Wormsley, chair of the Commission, the meeting agenda will include a grant review update on Arts Build Communities (ABC), the Student Ticket Subsidy(STS) grant category, and a general grant process update. The Arts Education program will provide a report on the recent Create2012 conference, held at Middle Tennessee State University. The conference focused on integrating the arts into all content areas of school curriculum.

A report will be provided on the Commission’s upcoming fall conference, Transforming Assets Into Opportunities, which will be held at Pickwick Landing State Park, October 23-25. The timely and much-anticipated conference will examine how the arts can fuel community and economic development.

Other Commission business will include a review of Commission activities provided by Anne Pope, the Commission’s executive director.
As part of the Consent Agenda, the quarterly meeting will include discussion about the quarterly meeting schedule, monitoring schedule, committee appointments, guidelines exception, and the FY2014 State Budget.
While in Bristol, the Commission will tour the Birthplace of Country Music Cultural Heritage Center, and the Paramount Center for the Arts. In Jonesborough, the Commission will tour the International Storytelling Center.

  The Commission’s quarterly meetings are open to the public.

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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