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.
Theater Performance

Theater Performance

Reflecting Reality Productions, the new theater program of VSA TN under the artistic direction of Savannah Kearney, will host its first presentation on Monday, Oct. 2 at 7:30pm at the Sumner Teen Center. This performance will last approximately 15-20 minutes and feature Aesop’s Fables. The performance is free and open to the...
Teapot Diplomats Had A Smashing Good Time

Teapot Diplomats Had A Smashing Good Time

The Teapot Diplomats had a smashing good time last night under the artistic direction of Dee Kimbrell smashing teapots and tea cups and turning them into art creations. Thanks to the Sumner TeenCenter for the space. This program is funded by Mark and Niki Antonini....