NEA to Fund Cumberland Gap Folklife Project

From Dr. Bradley Hanson, Director of Folklife — As a joint celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment Arts (NEA) and the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, the two organizations have partnered to fund arts projects centered around the cultural and natural resources of the national parks. The Imagine Your Parks initiative, a special category within the NEA Art […]

Folklife Director Bradley Hanson featured on NPR

From Grace Robinson, Public Information and Research Coordinator — Arts and culture often cultivate and reveal the hidden gems within a community, and the TN Arts Commission can boast home to one of the “most interesting people in the city.” You may have seen Commission Folklife Director Dr. Bradley Hanson around town or in the office as he […]

Who Deserves Your Governor’s Arts Award Nomination?

By Suzanne Lynch, Director of Marketing and Development – The 2017 Governor’s Arts Awards are now open for nominations. Application deadline is July 22, 2016. The Governor’s Arts Awards were established in 1971 to recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the arts or cultural life of Tennessee. These biennial awards are Tennessee’s highest honor […]

Specialty License Plate Program Promotions Across the State

By Suzanne Lynch, Director of Marketing & Development — Tennessee’s Specialty License Plate Program is a vital source of funding for our arts and culture. The Tennessee Arts Commission encourages all arts and cultural organizations to promote this program using tools from the Commission and ideas of their own. Here are a few best practices as […]

Collective Impact Agenda In A Nutshell

By Ann Brown, Director of Arts Education and Suzanne Lynch, Director of Marketing and Development – The Collective Impact Conference registration is open and we are so excited about the response we are getting already. The agendafor the conference is now online with information about the plenary and breakout sessions, but here it is in a nutshell. We begin […]

Preview Tour For New TN State Museum Plans Travels Across State

By Anne B. Pope, Executive Director – Tennessee Arts Commission Chair Stephanie Conner, Commission board member Patsy Camp, several staff members and I were honored to witness the groundbreaking ceremony yesterday at site of the new Tennessee State Museum. Governor Bill Haslam was joined by legislative leaders, museum officials and Jon Meacham, Pulitzer prize winner and New York Times […]


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