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Holston 9

Each school year, VSA Tennessee is pleased to provide 4 “artists-in-residence” to special education classrooms through a contract with the TN Dept of Education. We are currently accepting applications for this program for the 2017-2018 school year. The program is filled on a first request basis with emphasis of having at least 1 residency in each of the 3 major divisions of the State.

Artist-In- Residence Program Details:
– Residencies are 3 to 5 days in length. These days can be done consecutively or they can be split up over several weeks. The set-up of the dates are determined by the needs of the classroom teacher and the availability of the artist.
– Residencies can take place from Sept. 1 – May 1 of the school year.
– There is no cost to the school for the artist or the supplies used during the residency.
– The artist will utilize his/her artistic skills to focus on math and/or science curriculum.
– The participating teacher receives a $300 stipend for participation.
– All lesson plans and materials used during the residency will be compiled by VSA TN and placed into a curriculum guide, which can be found on the VSA TN website at www.vsatn.org.

If you are interested in receiving this program in your classroom, please contact: Lori Kissinger, userk7706@comcast.net or (615) 210-8819.

Please include the following information:
– Name of your school
– Age group for which you would like the residency
– Number of students
– Types of disabilities
– If you have a preference on an art form (dance, drama, music or visual arts), please let us know and rank order your preference



The Race Across TN With the Arts Continues

VSA Tennessee continues to race across Tennessee with the arts through artist residencies focused on using the arts to enhance math and science skills with the theme of cars. The most recent residency was led by artist Jennie Harriman at Holston Valley Elementary in Bristol TN. The students learned woodworking skills to make their own cars. The students were then treated to a field trip of the Bristol Motor Speedway courtesy of Claudia Byrd. This residency was just fantastic. One of the teachers said this,” The art sessions provided to my self contained special education class by Ms. Jennie Harriman was top notch. She made it a point to provide a variety of materials specific to student interests and abilities. My students were so excited to see their favorite things displayed in the decoration options for their cars! It was a great experience for my students to get to try out new tools and art materials that most of them had never even seen before. I was especially impressed and thankful that Ms. Harriman made sure to adapt materials to meet the needs of my students with physical disabilities. The experience was so much fun from beginning to end, with the trip to BMS being the icing on the cake. We are so blessed to have been given this opportunity for our students, and we remain thankful for the tracks and cars that were left at our school for our students to continue to enjoy!” The residency program is supported through contracts from the TN Dept of Education and the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing... read more

VSA Tennessee Spring Event Best Ever

The Spring Event on March 24 was a huge success.  Special thanks to our hosts Pete Weber and Terry Crisp of the Nashville Predators. Of course a huge thank you to music legend Ray Stevens. Thanks to all of our sponsors: Ajax Turner, Chuy’s, David & Estelle Condra, FedEx, Mara Greenberg, Carlene Lebous & Harris Haston, Lexus of Nashville, Tom Mulgrew, Paycor, Performance Studios, Public Consulting Group, J Smith Family Advised Fund, Don H Spawn and Charitable Foundation. Thanks to all of our volunteers, performers and those that purchased tickets. It was quite a night. Our biggest fund raiser to... read more

Darrell Waltrip Gets Into the Race

VSA Tennessee continues its Racing Across Tennessee through the Arts Residencies in which young people are learning math and science skills through the arts with a car theme.  These residencies are provided under a contract from the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. A recent residency at Cora Howe Elementary resulted in a portrait of Darrell Waltrip that was created out of Bottle Caps. This piece of art was presented to Darrell Waltrip for his birthday at the Subaru Dealership in Franklin... read more

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