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VSA Tennessee is looking for individuals who would like to join the Teapot Diplomat Program. Four pilot workshops will be held to create art with a tea theme. These workshops will focus on different media; paper, woodworking, clay and fabric. Artwork from these workshops will be sold with the proceeds divided. One third of the proceeds will funnel back into the program for supplies and materials. Another third will go to the United Nations’ Zero Hunger Challenge. The final third will be funded directly to the individual who created the artwork.
Registration is open for the clay and fiber workshops. The clay workshop will take place on Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 9am-noon at the Clay Lady Studio in Nashville.
The fiber workshop will take place on Saturday, February 25 from 9am-noon at Middle Tennessee State University.
VSA Tennessee has taken Charles Kellett’s vision of Teapot Diplomats and cultivated it into a program in which individuals with disabilities can participate. Charles Kellett, Program Officer for the International Visitor Leadership Program of the U.S. Department of State, learned from his international travels with the Peace Corps that sharing tea is a symbol of peace and understanding in many cultures. He now travels with his teapot as a symbol of unity to connect others through his Teapot Diplomacy.
In addition, VSA TN is looking for individuals with a business background to serve on a 6 month start up committee to help provide a vision for sustaining and growing the program.
To register to be a part of these programs, please contact VSA Tennessee at firstname.lastname@example.org. Participation is free, but it is open to the first 10 registrants.
The pilot program is funded under a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.