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August 16 , 2013


Tennessee Arts Commission To Hold Quarterly Meeting In Jackson

NASHVILLE - -The Tennessee Arts Commission will hold its next quarterly meeting in Jackson at the Ned McWherter Performing Arts Center, located at 314 East Main Street. The meeting will be Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 9 a.m. (CT).

Known simply as “The Ned” by locals, it’s the place in Jackson to see the finest musical and stage acts in an intimate, high-technology equipped performance space.  In addition to the 440-seat theater, the cultural center houses two art galleries for traveling and local exhibits. The center is located within 5 miles of the city’s retail, restaurant and lodging facilities.

“We are   excited to host the upcoming Tennessee Arts Commission quarterly meeting,” says Melinda Hearn, executive director of the Jackson Arts Council. “This is a wonderful opportunity to share our talent and passion for the arts in West Tennessee. We have invited grantees and arts supporters from throughout the region.”

Jackson resident Patsy Camp, who serves on the Tennessee Arts Commission, has helped plan an exciting agenda. “It’s a pleasure to have the Commission meeting in Jackson,” says Camp. “It’s important for our state’s arts agency to see the significant cultural assets of Jackson and the surrounding area.”      

According to Rhea Condra, chair of the Commission, the meeting agenda will include reports on the FY2014 budget, the grant process, and the strategic plan. The executive director’s report will provide an update on Commission activities and ongoing projects.

Reports will also be provided on the Arts Build Communities (ABC) and Student Ticket Subsidy (STS)  grant categories.  The ABC grant program is designed to provide support for arts projects that broaden access to arts experiences, address community quality of life issues through the arts, or enhance the sustainability of asset-based cultural enterprises.  The STS grant program provides funds to Tennessee public schools to expose student to a broad variety of cultural experiences, arts disciplines, and artists.

As part of the agenda, a report will be provided on the recent Arts Education Create2013 conference, held in July at Middle Tennessee State University.  Create2013: Creativity in Education Institute attracted classroom teachers, arts specialists, teaching artists, special education, and resource teachers as well as principals and superintendents form across the state. The conference emphasized the “Arts at the Core” of learning and how the arts can be integrated into all content areas.

Other Commission business includes an update on the Targeted Arts Development Initiative. The Commission will discuss a flexible program of intensive technical assistance to build local partnerships, leading to strategic arts investments based on local community needs and opportunities. The concept is to focus on 10 counties that received no funding from the Commission in 2013 and/or 2012, and no adjudicated grants in FY2014.

As part of the Consent Agenda, the quarterly meeting will have discussions about the upcoming quarterly meeting schedule, monitoring schedule, and the FY2015 state budget. Committee appointments for FY2012/2013 will also be included on the Consent Agenda.

While in the Jackson area, the Commission will attend a reception at the West Tennessee Regional Arts Center in Humboldt.

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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