At the “heart” of TPAC’s mission statement

To provide a lifetime of meaningful and relevant experiences in the performing arts. That is the mission statement for the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. And from Head Start classrooms to the biggest Broadway performances, TPAC is dedicated to engaging people of all ages.

“Though simply stated, our mission statement reflects TPAC’s commitment to serve children and adults.  Whether they first experience TPAC at a young age, or begin to attend performances and enrichment programs later in life, we strive to give them opportunities in the arts, education, and entertainment that matter to them.  We hope to meet them where they are today and continue to connect with them as the years pass,” said Kathleen O’Brien, TPAC president and chief executive officer.

“Making the arts an accessible and integrated part of the educational experiences of Tennessee children is at the heart of TPAC’s mission,” said O’Brien.

At little or no cost, a wide variety of educational programs engage children from preschool through high school. Students come to TPAC for performances during the annual curriculum-based Season for Young People. Teaching artists visit schools. Educators receive comprehensive resources and opportunities for training and professional development credits.

“In addition to our educational mission, we’re committed to serving the general public through a wide variety of performances, including the outstanding work of our professional resident companies — Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, and Tennessee Repertory Theatre,” said O’Brien.  “TPAC presents an annual Broadway series and a variety of special engagements, including comedians, pop singers, writers, and even celebrity chefs. In addition, we welcome a wide variety of rental clients. Ultimately, we want the programming on our four stages to reflect the diversity of the community we serve. It’s our job to give people choices in art and entertainment to match their varied tastes and interests.”

TPAC Education is funded by donations, grants and corporate sponsorships. Proceeds from ticket sales support operation of the building, which is owned by the State of Tennessee and managed by TPAC, a non-profit organization. For more information on TPAC’s history, education programs, performance schedule and opportunities to get involved, visit us at

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