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On June 10, the first groups of Teapot Diplomats were inducted.  The new Teapot Diplomats are:   Adam A.j. Boyd, Bethany Dillon, Austin King, Hope McKee, Collin Ranson, Alyssa Ray, Jennifer Scallorn, Wanda Sowell, Torie Summers and Morgan Vice.

Special Thanks to Charlie Kellett for serving as the Keynote Speaker.  Charlie worked for the Peace Corp where he spent time in Morocco and developed a concept he called Teapot Diplomacy. In 2015, Charlie’s path crossed with VSA TN . Charlie currently works at the US State Department and VSA TN was doing a quilt that become part of the State Department’s Art in Embassies program. Our Teapot Diplomat Program grew from this interaction.

Special thanks to Danielle Clement and the Clay Lady Studios for hosting this event. Also, thanks to Poppy Steele for serving as the sign interpreter.

This pilot program was funded under a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.  Mark and Niki Antonini have agreed to fund this program for the next 3 years.

Here is a link to the Induction Ceremony Teapot Diplomat Induction Ceremony

VSA TN / Blair Dulcimer Choir

When Sarah McWhirt Toler (formerly Musgrave) was a senior in high school, she approached VSA TN with an idea. She wanted to visit area schools and expose kids on the Autism Spectrum to the Mountain Dulcimer. She felt that there were many aspects about the dulcimer that would make it a perfect instrument for teaching music to someone with Autism and that it would be a great instrument to provide ensemble opportunities. Sarah not only offered the workshops, she also ran a fund raiser to purchase dulcimers that could be used by a group and formed the first dulcimer choir which was inducted at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Sarah went off to college and Sandy Conaster became the group’s artistic director holding rehearsals at the Blair School of Music who partners with VSA TN on this program. However, Sandy needed to tend to some family matters and left the choir after 4 years of service. At that time, Sarah was graduating from college and she stepped back into this program and has remained its artistic director. Individuals in the program receive private lessons on Tuesday afternoons and evenings through the school year. The group meets the last Saturday of the month in the morning for a group rehearsal. The group performs at various events throughout the year. Currently, the group is welcoming new members for the fall semester. If you know someone on the Autism Spectrum who may wish to be a part of this program, please contact VSA... read more

Costumes are Being Created For Nick Cave Performance

We are getting excited! Torie Summers, Hope McKee and Austin King are working under the artistic direction of Dee Kimbrell to make costumes that will be worn by the Movement Connection Dancers as part of a performance that will take place at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts for the opening of the Nick Cave Exhibit. There is more exciting news on this project yet to come which involves partnership with the Nashville Symphony and the Nashville... read more

VSA TN Makes New Friends through Memorial Park Mosaic Wall Project

During the last week of June, VSA TN made a lot of new friends through the Memorial Park Mosaic Wall project, which is under the artistic direction of Yvette Renee. Every day groups came to visit Diamond Studios to make art and groups like Friends Life and New Horizons were new partners for VSA TN. However, we also worked with old friends too as we visited with Sign Club at the summer camp at the Hendersonville Church of Christ. It was a busy week of making art and making friends. This program is provided through funds from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and the Nashville Predators... read more

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