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15 Years of VSA Tennessee

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Great event for VSA Tennessee as it celebrated its 15th anniversary on July 28th at the Amberleaf marketplace in Gallatin.  Thanks to sponsors: Memorial Foundation, Publix Supermarket Charities and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

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VSA Tennessee Partner’s with the Frist on Nick Cave Project

SEEKING: Installation, video, and multimedia artists, costumers, muralists, puppeteers, sculptors, and other experiential artists interested in working collaboratively with people of all abilities and ages. PROJECT OVERVIEW: The Frist Center for the Visual Arts (FCVA) will select five talented, innovative teaching artists to facilitate the creation of interactive community-made art inspired by the practice of Chicago-based artist Nick Cave. The artworks should focus on the ways people experience the world through the five senses. They will be displayed in FCVA’s Conte Community Arts Gallery from October 20, 2017, through February 25, 2018. An exhibition of Cave’s work will be on view at FCVA from November 10, 2017, through April 1, 2018. (All dates subject to change.) JOB DESCRIPTION: Attend all meetings and events related to the project, including orientation, installation, and the opening reception. Coordinate and lead a maximum of 6 open studio workshops for the public and partner organizations between February and June 2017 to create artwork for the exhibition. Ensure that artworks are in compliance with Conte Community Arts Gallery guidelines and other FCVA regulations. REQUIREMENTS: Three years of teaching experience. Extensive knowledge of your medium. Must pass a background check. Experience instructing people with special needs preferred. STIPEND: $1,200 per teaching artist. You will be paid as an independent worker through Nashville Talent Payment. MATERIALS BUDGET: $800 per artwork ABOUT NICK CAVE: Cave (b. 1959) works between the visual and performing arts through a wide range of mediums, including sculpture, installation, video, sound, and performance. He is best known for his elaborate “soundsuits,” human-shaped sculptural forms composed of a wide variety of found and repurposed commonplace... read more

Ornament Making For Tennessee’s National Christmas Tree

VSA Tennessee has once again been asked to create the ornaments that will represent Tennessee on the National Christmas Tree in Washington, DC.  This project will take place on Monday, Oct. 17 from 12:30-3pm at MTSU under the artistic direction of Yvette Cowden. We have 4 slots still open.  If you are an individual with a disability and would like to be part of this project, please contact VSA Tennessee at... read more

International Drum Month

On Monday, Oct, 3 from 2-3pm, VSA Tennessee will celebrate both National Drum Month and National Disability Awareness Month in the Student Union Building at MTSU Room 221. This event is free, but registration is required.  It is open to the first 10 who register.  The Ambassadors of VSA TN, the VSA TN Student organization, will work with individuals with disabilities in making percussion items, playing percussion games, and making some great music.  Contact VSA Tennessee to... read more

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