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Environmental Arts Camp

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VSA Tennessee will offer a FREE summer environmental arts camp from July 11-15 at the Sumner Teen Center, 976 Grassland Place, Gallatin TN from 6pm-8pm each evening. The camp will be under the direction of artist Dee Kimbrell.

Participants will learn about how our actions impact the environment.  They will then create tunnel books that represent what they have learned. The group will collectively create one larger version of the Tunnel Book, which will be presented at Tremont to the Smoky Mountains National Parks in Oct for the 100th anniversary of the National Parks.

The camp is open to individuals over the age of 13 with any form of a disability.  Spots are available for the first 20 registrants.  A registration form can be found below.  Registration forms can be completed, scanned and emailed or mailed to the address provided on the form.

This camp is provided through the support of a Nashville Predators Grant.

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VSA Tennessee Prepares for International Children’s Art Exhibit

On Saturday, April 30th a workshop was held at the studio of artist Kathy Plourde.  The participants created several pieces of art, which will be uploaded into the International Art Exhibition of the John F Kennedy Center.   Selected pieces from around the world will be shown in Washington DC.  Special thanks to the Nashville Sertoma for their support of this program.  Below are a few examples of the beautiful art that was... read more

Letters From Vietnam Exhibit

A little over a year ago, 4 young men in East TN and 4 young men in Vietnam traded photos of their regions and letters about themselves with each other for an amazing project that was part of the 40 Days Around the World that VSA TN coordinated.  Since that time, this project has been in numerous exhibitions in East TN.  However, as of May 1, the exhibit made its way to middle TN and can be seen in the Polk Theater lobby gallery at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.  The exhibit will remain on display until the end of June.  A fascinating exhibit that you will not want to... read more

VSA TN Goes Wild Over Art!

VSA Tennessee provided an artist residency at the Cohn School in Nashville in which high school students learned about conservation, endangered species and how how to use power tools.  The project was in partnership with the Nashville Zoo who provided some of the programming.  The piece of art that represented what they learned was made out of bottle caps under the direction of Dee Kimbrell. In addition, photos of the art and the educational plans will be shared with a school in Haiti through Trinity Hope.  Children there also learned about endangered species due to this program and created art that reflected the animals that are endangered in their country.  A very interesting note was that we were told that the children had no understanding of endangered species prior to this project or that their country had any animals that were endangered. The project was provided through a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee through the William N Rollin Fund for the Arts. Special thanks to Chad Fifer, Director of Education at the Nashville Zoo; Denise Gudlin, Hope for Haiti; Dee Kimbrell, Teaching Artist; and Ashawn Cole, Teacher at Cohn. The art can be seen on display at the zoo later this summer. It was unveiled at the zoo April 26th, but will be put on public display later this... read more

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