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COME ON THE VSA TENNESSEE SEA CRUISE

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You are invited to join us on Friday, Feb. 26 at the Nashville Lexus Dealership at 2010 Rosa L Parks Blvd in Nashville from 7-9pm.  Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at SeaCruiseVSA.eventbrite.com.

Mac McAnally will be back!  He is an 8 time CMA Artist of the Year Award winner.

In addition, Megan Bell from ABC’s Bachelor and Bachelor in Paradise will be present and will perform a song.

Hosts for the evening will be Pete Weber and Terry Crisp from the Nashville Predators.

Other entertainment will be provided by Les Kerr, JP Williams, and a Steel Drums duo.  VSA Tennessee Young Soloist participant, Drew Basham will perform, as well as the VSA TN Movement Connection Dance group.  There will be a silent auction, poker raffle game, and food from Coco Italian Market.

Don’t miss this wonderful evening of fun and entertainment while supporting a great cause.

Sponsors for this event include: Don H Spawn Charitable Foundation, David and Estelle Condra, Ray and Susan Basham, Public Consulting Group, The Brown Family Endowment, Lexus of Nashville and Falcon Fabricators.  Special thanks to Ajax Turner, Performance Studios and Sylvia Goodman.

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International Exchange

The Tennessee Arts Commission has graciously provided a grant to VSA Tennessee to continue international art residencies that lead to art exchanges. Anne Winsauer recently completed an animation exchange at Coulter Grove in East TN. One student, Delora, produced the animation background, encompassing places within the school where friendships can truly develop. All 7 students completed a friendly letter. They also “put friendship into practice” having conversations with one another, creating storyboards depicting a friendship story, drawing faces with different expressions, and completing faces on egghead puppets for the Faces of Friendship animation. Delora’s work brought her new awareness of aspects of her personality, ways that she can share her talents in the future, and a renewed sense of unity with her peers. The animation exchange will be an art friendship exchange with students in... read more

VSA Tennessee Young Soloist Concert

On Friday, February 19, the VSA Tennessee Young Soloist competition concert will take place in the Hinton Music Hall at Middle Tennessee State University at 7pm. This concert is to showcase and crown the 2016 Young Soloist winner. The Young Soloist program is part of the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Art’s International Music competition for young people ages 14-25 with any disability who are vocalists or instrumentalists. VSA Tennessee is excited to note that Scott MacIntyre will serve as a special performance guest at this year’s event. Scott is a former VSA International Young Soloist winner. Scott MacIntyre has come a long way. From his early days as a classical concert pianist to capturing the hearts of millions of American Idol viewers with his engaging presence and vocal prowess, he has never let challenges keep him from achieving his dreams. Having performed with such notable acts as The Band Perry, Alice Cooper, and the Jonas Brothers, he has traveled the globe inspiring audiences with his music and story. MacIntyre’s latest project, Lighthouse, boasts vocal aptitude and incredibly inspiring songwriting that could make even the most wary of listeners hopeful. Produced by Grammy-nominated Matt Bronleewe, Dove-winner Kyle Lee, and MacIntyre, Lighthouse offers eleven strong tunes which speak of hope, love, and faith. Included are the single “Remarkable,” which debuted at #1 on the Christian Radio Chart, and two tracks featuring fellow Idol alumni Danny Gokey and Skylar Laine. The consummate prodigy, MacIntyre’s musical talent is rivaled by his equally impressive academic resume. At fourteen, he was admitted into Arizona State University’s Barrett Honors College and Herberger College... read more

Cups of Co-opportunity

Join with The Clay Lady’s Artist Co-op & Galleries, 1416 Lebanon Pike Nashville TN for an event benefitting VSA TN — Cups of Co-opportunity Saturday, February 13th from 8am-11am. Guests choose from hundreds of cups and mugs donated by The Co-op artists on campus. The full cash donation given for each cup will be awarded to VSA TN for their 2016 programs. Guests will enjoy unlimited beverage refills in their clay cup, board games, and live music. All of The Co-op Artists on campus enjoy preparing cups and mugs for this event which raises in 4 hours what other efforts take months to raise. Last year we broke the previous years’ record as over 275 mugs found their way to the hands of art enthusiasts and VSA Supporters. This year we hope to have over 300 mugs donated. Come early for the best selection and watch The Clay Lady’s Facebook and Instagram for postings and photos as the cups arrive. The Clay Lady’s Campus 6th Annual Cups of Co-Opportunity VSA- TN Benefit Saturday, February 13th, 2015 8:00 AM-11:00... read more

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