Thursday, October 15, 2009
I just returned from a great seminar that was sponsored by the Tennessee Arts Commission in Paris Landing, Tennessee. As an active member in the arts community, we are facing unparalleled times of change and challenge. It is up to us individual by individual to support the efforts of both the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Tennesseans for the Arts to continue their work that enhances and promotes arts as both a cultural part and a way of life for many in our beautiful state. Local and regional art councils and alliances are also helpful in supporting individuals that are either doing this as a part time or full time line of expression or livelihood. One great organization that I support is the Upper Cumberland Arts Alliance. I would encourage you to check out their website and very reasonable membership. With Christmas coming quickly, I would also encourage those of you giving gifts to consider one of a kind gifts with the gift of art from an artist or perhaps gifts of classes or memberships in a guild or alliance. I would love to hear from those of you with other connections to the arts. Just comment back.