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March 15 , 2012


Tennessee Arts Commission Announces Date For Quarterly Meeting

NASHVILLE - - The Tennessee Arts Commission’s next quarterly meeting will be held in Nashville on Wednesday, March 28 at 9 a.m. (CT). The meeting will be at the Commission office, located at 401 Charlotte Avenue.

According to Ellen Hays, chair of the Commission, the meeting agenda will include an update from the Executive Director Search Committee, and reports on Fiscal Year 2013 grants and the Peer Advisory Panel review schedule.

Bob Kucher, project coordinator for Tennesseans for the Arts (TFTA), will provide a report on Arts Advocacy Day on the Hill, which will be held the day before the Commission meeting.  Molly Pratt, government and community relations consultant for TFTA, will provide a legislative update.

A report on the Fisk Jubilee Singers/ High School Choir project will be provided by William Coleman,  director of the Commission’s Arts Access Program.  Since September of 2011, the Fisk Jubilee Singers have been working closely with choral directors and students at Henry County High School in Paris, Tennessee, and the Center for Creative Arts magnet school in Chattanooga. The project’s goal was to introduce high school choral students to African American Spiritual singing. The project resulted in two public concerts featuring the Fisk Jubilee Singers, performing with the choral groups from the two Tennessee high schools.

Another project involving high school students is the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest. The Commission, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, is offering an opportunity for Tennessee students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. Nan Zierden, special projects coordinator for the Commission’s Arts Education Program, will provide a report on the state’s regional competitions, and an update on the state finals which will be held at the State Capitol on Saturday. March 31.

In addition, Ann Talbott Brown, director of the Arts Education Program, will report on the Student Ticket Subsidy grant category.

The Tennessee Arts Commission meets quarterly, and 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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