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On June 10, the first groups of Teapot Diplomats were inducted.  The new Teapot Diplomats are:   Adam A.j. Boyd, Bethany Dillon, Austin King, Hope McKee, Collin Ranson, Alyssa Ray, Jennifer Scallorn, Wanda Sowell, Torie Summers and Morgan Vice.

Special Thanks to Charlie Kellett for serving as the Keynote Speaker.  Charlie worked for the Peace Corp where he spent time in Morocco and developed a concept he called Teapot Diplomacy. In 2015, Charlie’s path crossed with VSA TN . Charlie currently works at the US State Department and VSA TN was doing a quilt that become part of the State Department’s Art in Embassies program. Our Teapot Diplomat Program grew from this interaction.

Special thanks to Danielle Clement and the Clay Lady Studios for hosting this event. Also, thanks to Poppy Steele for serving as the sign interpreter.

This pilot program was funded under a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.  Mark and Niki Antonini have agreed to fund this program for the next 3 years.

Here is a link to the Induction Ceremony Teapot Diplomat Induction Ceremony

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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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