Corporate Arts Project

Corporate Arts Project

Borderless Arts TN teaching artist Jennie Harriman visited IBEW Local Union 760 to get acquainted with them and to learn more about what the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and its members do. The story of the IBEW 760 along with photos were taken to the Marcella Center for the Arts and Education to be shared with a handful of young artists who were gathered there to learn about working on commission. There was a lot of history to learn and interesting stories behind the symbols that are part of the internationally recognized emblem of the IBEW. From the beginning, the IBEW has focused on worker safety. During the meeting, the artists learned about the tools and equipment that electricians use on the job. After learning about the IBEW, the artists brainstormed and then began to work on some preliminary sketches. The Knoxville skyline was first created with paper templates that would serve as a pattern for the placement of the buildings. Buildings were cut, sanded and placed using the paper templates.  After weeks of planning and working, the piece is very nearly finished. After most of the components were completed, the buildings were attached and windows were added. The last step included adding the frame, lightning bolts, and battery-operated...
National Ornament Project

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...
Artist Residency in ALCOA

Artist Residency in ALCOA

VSA Tennessee was pleased to present an artist residency with teaching artist Bailey Earith at ALCOA Middle School under a contract with the TN Dept of Education.