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VSA Tennessee is pleased to announce another school year in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education.  We will be offering a variety of residencies throughout the State of Tennessee in which professional teaching artists go into a classroom and use the arts as a tool to help educators meet educational and behavioral goals.



Photography Exhibition

The Letters From Vietnam Project was a program of the 40 Days Around the World. It was a partnership in Artistic Spectrum. It was funded by the Conner Family Fund and the Arts Fund of East Tennessee through the East Tennessee Foundation. The project was the result of four boys in East Tennessee and 4 boys in Vietnam (all on the Autism Spectrum) who shared stories and photos about their regions and their lives. The project continues to travel and it will open in exhibition at the Emporium in Knoxville on Oct. 2nd. It will be on display the entire month of... read more

Clay Workshop

Kathy Plourde is a self-taught artist from Gallatin, Tennessee who specializes in the media of “mud and rags.” While working with clay, Plourde’s art forms range from practical pottery to whimsical sculptures. In addition, the artist’s creations are integrated with self-reflection and story-telling. Plourde works with a variety of groups including special needs youth. Through this workshop, participants will be working with clay slabs and colors in order to create textures. “[Kathy] shares her love of the spirituality of the creative process as a facilitator in Spirituality and Creativity in a variety of retreats ranging from transitioning military veterans, women in recovery, special needs youth, and spiritual voyagers.” –Sumner Country, Studio 4 This program is put on in partnership with Project 22 (an affiliate of The Arc of Cumberland Valley), and the statewide organization VSA Tennessee. It is funded through a grant from the Tennessee Arts... read more

Communication Lecture on Hearing Impairments

On October 19, from 4-5pm in the Student Union Building at Middle Tennessee State University, Mike Helms from Bridges, will discuss Communication of the Hearing Impaired. Mike is the Director of Education and Community Outreach. Mike Helms was born and raised in Tennessee. He graduated with double major in Accounting and Organizational Communications from Lipscomb University in 1999. Mike has worked with the retail business as a ‘jack of all trades’ for over thirteen years since his college days. On the side of his job duties, he continues to serve as a minister to the deaf with the local congregation in Hermitage. Mike has been a speaker for state and national workshops throughout the nation. He is the director of the Deaf Retreat since 2001 at Camp Discovery in Jackson County of Gainesboro. Mike has had long ties to Bridges since 1995. He served as a board member from 1997 to 2008, and as treasurer of Bridges’s board of directors in... read more

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