VSA TN / Blair Dulcimer Choir

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...
Costumes are Being Created For Nick Cave Performance

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...
VSA TN Makes New Friends through Memorial Park Mosaic Wall Project

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...
The Movement Connection

The Movement Connection

For 5 years, the VSA Tennessee Movement Connection has been moving and grooving.  The group meets on Tuesday evenings at the Christ Church YMCA where the participants receive dance instruction, but leave with a lot more than just a knowledge of fancy footwork.  These dancers also learn coordination skills, stay physically fit, make new friends, and get the opportunity to show their skills at numerous community performances.  This program is open to young adults with Down syndrome and is under the artistic direction of Danielle Clement.  If you know someone who may be interested in joining, contact VSA TN. The group is near capacity membership and there are only a few spots left.  ...
Memorial Park Mosaic Wall Project Salutes Tile Suppliers

Memorial Park Mosaic Wall Project Salutes Tile Suppliers

The Memorial Park Mosaic Wall Project is an extensive and intensive public arts project that will be taking place through the end of October. Throughout this summer, VSA TN intern, Alex Evans, will be providing weekly stories on the reason for doing this project, background on various key players in the project, and updates on the group that will be working on the project. Here is the fifth in the series by Alex Evans. Every hand, every heart, and even every tile is an important contribution to the Memorial Park wall project. Super Home Surplus, Refine Tile, and Louisville Tile Nashville each played a vital role in donating to the project. These included tile for the background, borders, and other uses. Jessica Vogt says that at Louisville Tile Nashville they believe in giving back to the community in any way they can, such as volunteering time or donating recycled tile. She says that although their contribution was a small aspect of the overall vision, she hopes that this project will leave a lasting creative impression on all who see...
Memorial Park Mosaic Wall Work Continues

Memorial Park Mosaic Wall Work Continues

It has been a busy few days for VSA TN. This morning was work on the Memorial Park Mosaic Wall Project under the artistic direction of Yvette Cowden with Project 22. Special thanks to Patty Daniels. Also, thanks to my intern Jessica Lynn Allen. The group had a great time and we will be back again with them again tomorrow! This program is funded through grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the William N Rollins fund for the Arts through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and the Nashville Predators...