South Arts launches Traditional Arts Touring Program

South Arts is now seeking applications for its new Traditional Arts Touring Program. The pilot project is funded with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and will work to increase public awareness of the traditional arts across the South. This funding program is open to a wide variety of organizations, including community cultural […]

Call for Session Proposals: 2016 Statewide Arts Conference

By Suzanne Lynch, Director of Marketing and Development – The 2016 statewide arts conference Collective Impact will be held in Murfreesboro, June 7-10, and the Commission is currently seeking session proposals. The conference  will offer attendees information, guidance and expertise on how to address community issues through the arts. Is this your area? Are you currently working as a change […]

Parsons, Tennessee’s TOBY SHOW

Dana Everts-Boehm, Folklife Program Assistant Parsons, Tennessee’s Toby Show is a modern day revitalization of 19th & early 20th century folk theater once performed by traveling troupes that visited rural towns throughout the Midwest and the South, erecting a tent on a vacant lot and presenting melodramas, music, vaudeville and other forms of popular entertainment to […]

National Storytelling Festival happens this weekend

From Bradley Hanson, Director of Folklife —  Now in its 43rd year, the National Storytelling Festival in historic Jonesborough is acclaimed as one of the Top 100 Events in North America. The oldest and most prestigious event of its kind in the world, the Festival helped spark a renaissance of storytelling in America and led to the founding of the […]

Save the date for the 2016 statewide arts conference

By Ann Brown, Director of Arts Education – The Commission invites you to save the dates June 7-10, 2016, and join us for Collective Impact: Arts Administrators, Educators and Artists Together as Community Change Agents, to be held at Bradley Academy, an Arts Integrated School, and Patterson Park Community Center. Bringing together artists, arts administrators and educators in a […]

Welcome to the new Folklife website

By Dr. Bradley A. Hanson, Folklife Program Director – The Tennessee Arts Commission Folklife Program is proud to announce the launch of The new website features original content and resources related to ongoing Folklife Program initiatives, and also includes updated material from our previous page. Under construction for the past six months, is built on the user-friendly […]


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