Old Time Music Loses Legend Musician, Bill Birchfield

By Bradley A. Hanson, PhD, Director of Folklife – Bill Birchfield, founding member of the traditional Appalachian string band the Roan Mountain Hilltoppers and an exceptional, idiosyncratic musician on several string instruments, died this past Friday, May 15,th at age sixty-nine. Starting in the late 1970s, Bill was an anchor in his family’s band, at first […]

Folklorists in the South Retreat

Folklorists in the South (FITS) 2015 Retreat – Open the Door: Crafting Creative Partnerships, will be held at St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center on Seabrook Island, SC from June 5 – 7. The retreat is directed towards academic, public sector, freelance, community scholar and graduate student folklorists and is focused on making and cultivating […]

The National Endowment for the Arts Awards $1,072,700 for Art Projects in Tennessee

By: Suzanne Lynch, Director of Marketing and Development – In the second major grant announcement of fiscal year 2015, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will make awards to 15 nonprofit art and design organizations in Tennessee totaling $1,072,700. This includes $767,700 awarded through a state partnership agreement with the Tennessee Arts Commission for programs […]

Tennessee Arts Commission holds Creative Placemaking Grant Competition webinar

By Hal Partlow, Associate Director of Grants – Today, the Arts Commission hosted a webinar on the recently announced Creative Placemaking Grants Competition. With over 40 participants, the webinar proved to be extremely successful in sharing information, as well as starting good conversation about the grant. Watch a recording of the webinar. In recap, the webinar discussed the concept […]

New Grant Opportunity for Creative Placemaking in Tennessee

How can your community enhance its unique assets to strengthen economic vitality, livability and growth? How can your community leverage its arts and culture resources to help address key opportunities and challenges? The Tennessee Arts Commission has designed a Creative Placemaking Grants Competition to help build stronger communities through the arts. It specifically focuses on […]

Photographs from the Field: 30 Years of the Folklife Program

By Dana Everts-Boehm, Folklife Program Assistant — As Folklife Program Assistant, I have had the great privilege of working with Dr. Robert Cogswell to promote and preserve Tennessee’s rich folk culture. Dr. Cogswell’s dedication to Tennessee’s folklife traditions is clearly evident in TAC’s current exhibition, Photographs from the Field: 30 Years of the Folklife Program. The […]


Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt.

Learn More