Come Out and Play and Make Some Art

Come Out and Play and Make Some Art

On Saturday, July 29, VSA TN will be hosting a special day of working on the Memorial Park Wall Project. Children with and without disabilities are invited to help make mosaics for the wall. One of our donors, the Nashville Predators, will be there to help with a special appearance by Gnash. Preregistration is required. Spaces are limited and have already filled for some of the time frames. We do have 4 spots left from 11-noon and 4 spots left for 1-2pm. Contact VSA TN at userk7706@comcast.net if you are interested. This program is provided through funds from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and the Nashville Predators...
Diversity Training

Diversity Training

Very proud of the VSA TN Teapot Diplomats as they shared their tea and stories with police cadets during a Diversity Training Day. This was a program of the Metro Human Relations Commission. The Teapot Diplomats were joined by a VSA TN Young Soloist (Drew Basham), A VSA Movement Connection member (Meghan Maynard), a VSA Dulcimer Choir member (Micah Elliott), a Tennessee School for the Blind/VSA Souper Bowl participant (Alyssa Aydelott), and a new friend from the Cerebral Palsy Association of Middle TN (Annie Lynne Kirshberg). Thanks to Cynthia Watkins for assisting and making the tea, to my intern Gabrielle Johnson for her help, to Poppy Steele for sign interpretation and the Fisk University for including us in this very special...
Be A Creative Critter

Be A Creative Critter

VSA Tennessee will be celebrating the United Nation’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Thursday, Nov. 30 from 6-8pm at the Sumner County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, 2310 Nashville Pike, Gallatin. This event will include performances & exhibitions by people with disabilities, food, and a presentation to the Convention and Visitors Bureau. Since 1992, the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been celebrated annually around the world. VSA TN has been celebrating this event since 2015 and our inclusion in the global celebration has received recognition by the John F Kennedy Center and the United Nations. This year, VSA TN is inviting Community Leaders to get involved with this celebration. The request is this: 1) The Community leader will agree to draw a “Creative Critter” that is at least 10” tall (it can be taller). 2) The Community leader can draw this “critter” completely on his/her own. However, we will be providing a “menu” guide of sample eyes, body shapes, etc that the individual can select from and use to draw the critter. 3) The critter portrait should be returned to VSA TN no later than August 24. The critters can be scanned and emailed to userk7706@comcast.net or they can be mailed to VSA TN, 1210 Lake Rise Place, Gallatin TN 37066. On Sept. 9, a group of approximately individuals with disabilities with Project 22 will get together and bring the critters to life under the artistic direction of Dee Kimbrell by making them into 3-Dimensional beings. The groups of individuals will work in groups of 5 people per critter to learn skills of...
International Young Soloist

International Young Soloist

Elliott McClain is the last performer. He was the VSA TN Young Soloist winner that just was selected as one of the international VSA Young Soloist winners.International Young Soloist...
Memorial Park Mosaic Wall Medallions

Memorial Park Mosaic Wall Medallions

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 fourtht in the series by Alex Evans. Kathy Plourde and Wilma Richards—two artists with heart, soul, and….medallions. These seasoned artists have helped with the Memorial Wall project by crafting three art “medallions” each for the project. The medallions are, of course, shaped like a coin (a very large one, of course) and contain a scene or object(s). Kathy would like to highlight in particular the help she’s received from an assistant from VSA. These walls are infusing the walls and medallions with playful designs. For Kathy, the favorite part of the project is being a part of the brining together of so many groups—young and old, those with special needs and those without. For Wilma, it’s about thinking about being able to take her grandchildren to the finished walls. Both women want to put a little more love and art into Hendersonville—and into the...