TAA Support Organizations

Tennessee Department of Education

The Tennessee Arts Academy is a project of the Tennessee Department of Education and is funded under a grant contract with the State of Tennessee.

Penny Schwinn

Commissioner of Education

Todd Shipley

State of the Arts Program Director & Director of Arts Education

To learn more about the Tennessee Department of Education, please visit their website at: http://www.tennessee.gov/education/.

Tennessee Arts Commission

The Tennessee Arts Academy is funded under an agreement with the State of Tennessee, the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Anne B. Pope

Executive Director


Alicia Lark Fuss

Director of Arts Education  

About The Tennessee Arts Commission......

When the Tennessee Arts Commission was created in 1967, it was given a special mandate by the General Assembly to stimulate and encourage the presentation of performing, visual and literary arts throughout the state and to encourage public interest in the cultural heritage of Tennessee. Through a variety of programs, the Commission has encouraged excellence in artistic expression through the state's artists and arts organizations. That commitment has continued to expand through the years to ensure that the citizens of Tennessee have access to, and the opportunity to participate in the arts.

To learn more about the Tennessee Arts Commission, please visit their website at: http://www.arts.state.tn.us.

Support the arts by purchasing a Tennessee specialty license plate. You can also give a specialty license plate as a gift through the new Gift-A-Tag voucher program.  The Tennessee Arts Commission receives funds collected through this initiative to benefit arts organizations including the Tennessee Arts Academy.  Click here to learn more about the specialty license plate program and here to access information on the Gift-A-Tag voucher program.

Belmont University

1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37212-3757

Belmont's beautiful, ante-bellum campus reflects a long, rich history that dates back to the nineteenth century, when the grounds were Adelicia Acklen's Belle Monte estate. University buildings that were erected over the past 110 years flank the Italiante mansion, which is still used by the campus and will be the site of the TAA Opening Reception. On the way to classes that prepare for the twenty-first century, students and summer workshop participants enjoy Victorian gardens, statuary, and gazebos that recall a treasured past.

Nationally recognized programs thrive on the Belmont University campus, which is located in the heart of the state capital, known both as Music City USA, and the Athens of the South (for its many educational institutions). Nashville offers big-city advantages with small town charm.

With an enrollment of approximately 7,000 students, Belmont is the third-largest of Tennessee's thirty-five colleges and universities. In addition to the twenty-nine international countries represented in the student body, Belmont University attracts students from every state in the US. The culturally diverse institution is committed to listening and learning from everyone. Students of today are helping shape the way students of tomorrow will be educated.

What kind of school is Belmont?

Belmont is a private, coeducational, comprehensive university. Ranked in the Top 5 in the Regional Universities South category and named for the third year as one of the top "Schools to Watch" by U.S. News & World Report, Belmont University's purpose is to help students explore their passions and develop their talents to meet the world's needs.

Where is Belmont located?

Belmont sits in the heart of Nashville, in a quiet area convenient to downtown and adjacent to Music Row.

How many students attend Belmont?

Belmont is home to approximately 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

To learn more about Belmont University please visit the website at: http://www.belmont.edu.