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Borderless Arts Tennessee provides opportunities for young people with disabilities to participate in and express themselves through the arts and arts education.


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*This website will be under construction as we transition from being VSA Tennessee to Borderless Arts Tennessee.

VSA Tennessee is now officially Borderless Arts Tennessee.  In August, the Board voted to change the name of the organization.  Last week, the IRS made that change official.

We are Borderless by using the arts to help people with disabilities reach their dreams; We are Borderless by breaking down barriers for people with disabilities and; We are Borderless as we hope to promote the talents of Tennesseans across the country and across the world.

The design that is incorporated into our logo has significant meaning.

The symbol above is considered a Celtic symbol, but many say it predates the Celts.  It is also a symbol that is connected to Native Americans and the ancient Greece.  These facts are important since Tennessee has a rich Scots/Irish and Native American heritage. Also, the arts are often connected to the Greeks.


The fact that there are 3 swirls is also significant.  The swirls have a similar look to the 3 stars in the TN flag.  There are 3 main constituents to the arts: literary, performing and visual arts. Often times disabilities are mentioned by 3 main categories of physical, mental and social.  Finally, as mentioned above, Borderless Arts Tennessee views borderless to mean 3 things: reaching goals/dreams, breaking down barriers, and connecting throughout the world.   Therefore, the number 3 represents quite a lot to us.

In addition, you helped in selecting this symbol. A few weeks ago, many of you sent in comments to two questions that were posed. We asked what words/images came to mind when thinking about our programs and what words/images came to mind when hearing the words borderless arts.  The two most common thoughts about our programs were that they provide opportunities and a sense of community.  The words borderless arts made individuals think of something that had no limits and was far reaching. Images that were provided were clouds and ribbons.

The swirls have several meanings.  Some of the meanings provided were: Connection, Growth, Direction, Journey, Advancement, Perseverance, Never Ending and Life. In addition, they do have an imagery of both clouds and ribbons.

For the past 16 years, we have provided quality programs throughout the State of Tennessee.  We plan to continue those efforts into the future.

Our mission: Borderless Arts Tennessee is a statewide organization committed to inclusive and accessible arts programs for people with disabilities to enhance educational curriculum, enrich creative expression, empower career development, and encourage community engagement.



National Ornament Project

 In 1923, President Calvin Coolidge pressed the button that would light the first National Christmas Tree. Since that time, this tradition has continued and grown to include a national celebration. In addition, smaller live trees representing the 50 states, five territories, and the District of Columbia, form a Pathway of Peace.   Each year, the National Parks Foundation asks each state to create 12 ornaments that will represent their State on their designated tree. Borderless Arts Tennessee (formerly VSA TN) was honored to coordinate this effort in partnership with the Tennessee Arts Commission, Tennessee School for the Blind and Middle Tennessee State University. Certificates for each participant were provided by Rep. Dawn White.  First Lady Crissy Haslam prepared personal notes of thanks for each participant. The ornaments were created under the artistic direction of Yvette Cowden of Hendersonville on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University on Wednesday, Oct. 18. Six students from the Tennessee School for the Blind and six members of Borderless Arts Tennessee’s Teapot Diplomat program created teapot themed ornaments with the assistance of MTSU students. The teapot theme was selected due to a new program of Borderless Arts Tennessee, called Teapot Diplomats. This program teaches individuals with disabilities new art techniques and then encourages them to use the products created to raise awareness of the talents and abilities of people with disabilities. Photo of Morgan Vice a Teapot Diplomat Member from... read more

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