he Tennessee Arts Academy is the nation’s premier professional development institute for arts education. A program of the Tennessee Department of Education, the Academy has been held annually since 1986 on the campus of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.


The Tennessee Arts Academy trains more than 300 K–12 educators every summer, who in turn impact over 150,000 Tennessee students each year. The Academy’s advanced curriculum, cutting-edge methodology, and unique philosophical perspective maximize participants’ learning experiences.

With renewed energy and knowledge, teachers trained at the Tennessee Arts Academy return to their classrooms better equipped to provide Tennessee students with the necessary skills and experiences to become creative and productive members of our work force and society.