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September 10, 2010

Tennessee Arts Commission To Hold Quarterly Meeting In Chattanooga

NASHVILLE - - The Tennessee Arts Commission will hold its next quarterly meeting in Chattanooga at the Hunter Museum of American Art, located at 10 Bluff View Avenue. The meeting will be Friday, September 24, 2010 at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Perched on an 80-foot bluff on the edge of the Tennessee River, the Hunter Museum offers stunning views of the river and the surrounding mountains. The Museum is known for its exceptional collection of American art, recognized as one of the country's finest.

Quarterly Commission meetings are open to the public. As part of the meeting, the agenda will include a public hearing where Chattanooga and regional arts organizations may address the board to discuss state funding issues. Allied Arts of Chattanooga is assisting the Commission with the public hearing, and Marilyn Harrison, vice president of Allied Arts, is excited about the Commission coming to Chattanooga.

 “We are pleased to welcome the Tennessee Arts Commission to Chattanooga, and hope they will enjoy their visit,” said Harrison. “While they are here, we encourage our visitors to explore and discover the cultural amenities our city has to offer.”

“It’s a pleasure to return to Chattanooga, a city that has led the way in revitalization and rebirth through the arts,” said Rich Boyd, executive director of the Tennessee Arts Commission. “It’s the home of our current chair, Ellen Hays, and she has helped plan an exciting agenda.”

According to Ellen M. Hays, chair of the Commission, the meeting agenda will include reports from the Audit Committee and the Interboard Committee on the 2011 Governor’s Arts Awards. Reports will also be provided on the Historic Tennessee Stages project, and the Tradition – Tennessee Lives and Legacies project. The Historic Tennessee Stages project documents Tennessee’s historic performing arts facilities, and has resulted in a book featuring many Tennessee performing arts venues.  Tradition – Tennessee Lives and Legacies, is a companion photography exhibit to a hardbound book published by the Commission. Commission members will attend an “invitation only” reception for the exhibit at the Hunter Museum of American Art. The exhibit opens to the public on September 26.

Other Commission business will include updates on Tennesseans for the Arts, Creativity in Education Institute, Cultural Inventory Workshops, Social Media Workshops for Artists, and the Tennessee Master Craft Artists/Apprentice program.

The Arts Education Program will provide an update on Arts 360, a new initiative that emphasizes arts integration in schools.  As part of the Consent Agenda, the quarterly meeting will include discussion about the FY2012 State Budget.

While in Chattanooga, Harrison suggests visiting the Hunter Museum of American Art, The Discovery Museum, and the Tennessee Aquarium. She also encourages visitors to explore a wide range of public art located throughout the city. She specifically mentions the Chattanooga Waterfront which offers works by nationally-known artist Jamie Carpenter, “Light Masts” on the Chattanooga Pier, the Native American art installation at the “Passage,” and the First Street Sculpture Garden.

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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