VSA TN Young Soloist Program Is Open

VSA TN Young Soloist Program Is Open

VSA Tennessee is searching for the recipient of the 2018 Young Soloist Award!  The VSA Young Soloist Award recognizes outstanding young vocalists and instrumentalists with a disability.  This is an opportunity for musically talented students and young professionals to earn scholarship funds and possibly an opportunity to perform in Washington, D.C. at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.   ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS Vocalist or instrumentalist Age 25 or younger by November 1, 2017 Must have a disability (physical, mental or emotional) Ensembles of 2-8 members may also apply. The ensemble can be anything from a rock band to a chamber quartet to a drum corp.  At least one member of the ensemble must have a disability and all members must fit the age requirement as noted above.   APPLICATION REQUIRMENTS Complete application form (attached) Link to Youtube performance or mp3 files   APPLICATION PROCESS Application requirements must be emailed to VSA Tennessee at userk7706@comcast.net before 5pm on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. All applicants must be available to perform on Wed. Feb.2, 2018 at MTSU at 7pm. Award winners will be announced at this time.   AWARD Cash prizes for the top two finalists Performance opportunity TBA     VSA arts TENNESSEE  YOUNG SOLOISTS AWARD (If this is a group, please provide applicant and contact info for all members and note which has a disability) 2018 Application Form   Applicant’s Name:   Date of Birth:   Street Address:   City:                                        Zip:   Telephone Number:  (       )                                         Email: Check the category in which you plan to apply.  If you are an instrumentalist, please list the instrument on which you...
The Great Collaboration

The Great Collaboration

There is no better way to describe what is taking place this fall than The Great Collaboration. The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is preparing for a wonderful exhibit of internationally renowned artist Nick Cave. In preparation of that exhibit, Teapot Diplomat artists Austin King, Hope McKee and Torie Summers continue to work diligently under the guidance of artist Dee Kimbrell to make costumes in a Nick Cave style. These will be worn by the VSA TN Movement Connection Dancers at their performance on Nov. 12. On Saturday mornings, the Movement Connection can be found rehearsing with Shabaz Ujima of the Nashville Ballet.The group is practicing for their performance at the Frist Center on Nov. 12 at 5pm. On Tuesday evenings, Kristen Freeman of the Nashville Symphony works through rhythms and percussion patterns with Young Soloists Drew Basham, Sarah Franklin, Allie Hemmings and Gregory Price-Stallings at the Casa Azafran.  This group will perform the live music for the dancers’ performance. Special thanks to the Christ Church YMCA and the Casa Azafran for serving as partners on this project by providing rehearsal space for the dancers and musicians as they practice. The project is funded through a grant from the Tennessee Arts...
IBEW Works With Corporate Arts Project

IBEW Works With Corporate Arts Project

The Corporate Arts Program of VSA TN was created 3 years ago as a way for your adults with disabilities to learn how to create a commissioned piece of art for a client while learning about area companies and new art techniques. Artist Jennie Harriman is currently working on a a corporate arts project for the IBEW in East TN at the Marcella Center on Saturday mornings.  The IBEW has requested a piece of art that they can take to conferences and trade shows that demonstrates what they do. On Sept. 9, a member of the IBEW attended the first session of the corporate arts project to talk about what the IBEW does and the tools they use. Special thanks to Pam Weston for providing coordination of this project, to the Marcella Center for providing space for the workshops and to Hank Weston for trade expertise.          ...
Join Us For A Smashing Time

Join Us For A Smashing Time

Join us on Monday, Sept 25 at the Sumner Teen Center as artist Dee Kimbrell leads a workshop in smashing teapots and using the pieces for art. This is a Teapot Diplomat program and all art created is sold at a later date with a portion of the proceeds going to the participants. Preregistration is required and there are only 2 spots left!  Contact VSA TN at userk7706@comcast.net. This program is funded by Mark and Niki...
Learn To Draw A Cartoon Character

Learn To Draw A Cartoon Character

The Ambassadors of VSA TN will host a cartoon drawing workshop at Middle Tennessee State University on Monday, Sept. 25 from 2:30-3:30. The workshop is free, but preregistration is required.  Contact VSA TN at...
Breaking Ground Seeks Stories and Art for Publication

Breaking Ground Seeks Stories and Art for Publication

VSA TN is proud to continue as a partner with the Council on Developmental Disabilities on their Arts Issue of Breaking Ground. Invitation to Submit to Breaking Ground 2017-18 Arts Issue FROM NED SOLOMON, DIRECTOR OF PARTNERS IN POLICYMAKING™ LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE, COUNCIL ON DEVELOPMENT DISABILITIES, TN STATE GOVERNMENT Do you write short stories, creative essays or poetry? Do you paint, sculpt, draw or take photographs? If so, we’d love to see your work for possible publication. Breaking Ground magazine invites you to contribute to our Annual Arts Issue for 2017-18. We will consider fiction, creative essays and poetry up to 1,000 words, photos and all other forms of...