Tennessee Arts Academy Set To Open July 14

Tuesday, July 2, 2013
The Tennessee Arts Academy will officially open on July 14. Three hundred K-12 public and private school teachers from across the state have been chosen to attend the weeklong session. A program of the Tennessee Department of Education, the Academy has been held annually since 1987 on the campus of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.   

This year the Academy's expert faculty includes artists and professors from across the United States. They will teach a diverse range of classes in music, theatre and visual art as well as special classes in arts administration and assessment. One of the many highlights of the week will include an awards banquet honoring United States Senator Lamar Alexander, Hollywood writer and producer Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives, Golden Girls, Devious Maids), and arts and education advocates and community leaders Pat and Thane Smith. 

Following the awards, an inspired performance will be presented by two of Broadway's most celebrated stars: real-life married couple Marin Mazzie (Ragtime, Passion, Kiss Me, Kate) and Jason Danieley (The Full Monty, Next to Normal, Candide). Reservations and ticket information may be obtained by calling the Academy office at 615-460-5451.

Other highlights of the week include a performance by piano virtuoso and prodigy George Li and presentations by noted choral music conductor Craig Jessop and renowned Tennessee photographer Murray Riss. Award recipient Marc Cherry and performers Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley will also address the participants. 

The Academy will sponsor four on-campus art exhibitions. The River Beneath Us by Hamlett Dobbins and Mellow Mountain Coalition by Dobbins & Tad Lauritzen Wright will be featured in Belmont's Leu Art Gallery, co-sponsored by the Belmont University Department of Art. The Best of the Best Tennessee Student Art Exhibition and Connections: The Tennessee Art Education Association Teacher Exhibition, co-sponsored with the Tennessee Art Education Association, will hang in Gallery 121 and the Lobby Gallery of the Leu Center for the Visual Arts. Rounding out the week will be performances by the Roxy Regional Theatre, the Nashville Ballet, and organist Gregg Bunn.  

The Tennessee Arts Academy trains 300 K-12 teachers and administrators every summer, who in turn impact over 125,000 Tennessee students each year in their individual school districts and classrooms all across the state. Taught by nationally and internationally renowned instructors and artists, the Academy's advanced curriculum, cutting-edge methodology and unique philosophical perspective maximize participants' learning experiences. With renewed energy and knowledge, educators trained at the Tennessee Arts Academy are better equipped and motivated to raise achievement standards and effect positive and lasting change for Tennessee students, providing them with the necessary skills to become creative and productive members of our work force and society. Several of the Academy events are free and open to the public. 

Call 615/460-5451 for more information. 


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