Oh What a Night

Oh What a Night

One of the goals of Borderless Arts Tennessee is to provide our artists with disabilities the opportunity to collaborate and learn from the best. Our hope is that then those skills can be used for a benefit to the individual and the community. The event on Sunday was certainly an accomplishment of that goal. Over a year ago, Borderless Arts TN was asked by the Frist to be one of several partners involved in some workshops leading up to an exhibit featuring Nick Cave. As the Director of Borderless Arts, I interjected an idea. The idea was to have some of our visual artists in the Teapot Diplomat program make costumes in a Nick Cave style that could be worn by our Movement Connection Dancers in a performance. The idea then grew that possibly our Young Soloists could perform the music to which the dancers would perform. However, the dream continued to grow and the thought became that possibly the Nashville Ballet could provide the dance instruction and the Nashville Symphony could train our Young Soloists. Special thanks to: Dee Kimbrell who worked with Teapot Diplomats Torie Summers, Hope McKee and Austin King to make these AMAZING costumes in the Nick Cave style. Kristen Freeman of the Nashville Symphony who worked with Young Soloists Allie Hemmings, Sarah Franklin, Drew Basham and Gregory Price Stallings to create the music that accompanied the dancers wearing the costumes. Shabaz Chijioke Ujima of the Nashville Ballet and Movement Connection artistic Director Danielle Clement who worked with the Movement Connection on the dance elements. Of course everyone at the Frist Center for the Visual...
Residencies under John F Kennedy for the Performing Arts Contract

Residencies under John F Kennedy for the Performing Arts Contract

Borderless Arts Tennessee is honored to have been provided a contract from the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to provide residencies in schools in which the arts are being used to teach science concepts related to water. The photos above come from a residencies that was recently completed by artist Dee Kimbrell at Station Camp Middle School in Hendersonville. The class read “A Long Walk to Water”, a book about a Sudanese girl who walks two hours each way to fetch water from a well. The students wrote down some questions that they video taped and sent to a sister school in Capetown, South Africa. The students from Africa responded with their own video taped answers. In addition, Mike Tomlinson of Kangen Water Wellness in Hendersonvile who sells alkaline water, demonstrated the acidity of beverages to the children. The students created a giant water drop out of recycled plastic bottle tops. The art is currently on display at the school. It will eventually go to Kangen Water Wellness and be displayed their for customers to view. In addition, a residency was also conducted by Bailey Earith at Alcoa High School in East TN. In this residency, the students researched animals that live in the ocean. The students then created sculptures based on their research and gave presentations on the animal they selected using their...
Ambassadors Select Officers

Ambassadors Select Officers

The Ambassadors Student Organization at MTSU saw the end to another great semester. Outgoing President, Gabby Johnson, was recognized for her contributions. She is graduating in December. Janie Kullmar was recognized as Ambassador of the Year and Kamal Adhikari was recognized as New Ambassador of the Year. Meagan Roberts won the Valeda Goodman Education Award. New officers are: Janie Kullmar, President; Isabella Orozco, Vice President; Kamal Adhikari, Secretary and Shelby Marx, Treasurer.   Treasurer Shelby Marx, Secretary Kamal Adhikari, President Janie Kullmar, and Vice-President Isabella...
Spooktacular Halloween Party

Spooktacular Halloween Party

On Oct. 30, the annual Spooktacular Halloween party took place at MTSU with Best Buddies.  Oh what a night!  Congrats to all who won costume awards and bake-off awards. A terrific time was had by all!...
Thank you!

Thank you!

Thanks to all who donated to and purchased from our online auction!  It was our most successful auction to date.
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.