“School Patrol” story captures TPAC teaching artists in action

In case you missed it, NewsChannel5 recently visited the preschool classroom at Robertson Academy for a “School Patrol” feature on how TPAC Education’s teaching artists, through programs like ArtSmart, impact the early learning experiences for young children.

Together, TPAC teaching artist Allie Bencar, Robertson Academy teacher Nelda Sturgeon (TPAC’s 2014 Teacher of the Year), and the children tell the story about the power of arts education.

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A note of thanks on International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Today, December 3, is International Day of Persons with Disabilities, dedicated by the United Nations.


Staff from TPAC and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center.

We want to take a moment today to express our gratitude for the partnerships with numerous community organizations that help the Tennessee Performing Arts Center ensure our programs and performances are accessible to student groups and members of the general public with special needs. For a full list of the services that TPAC provides to patrons, visit us at TPAC.org/Facilities.

Among TPAC’s valued community partners are the Middle Tennessee Council of the Blind, Hearing Loss Association of America Nashville Chapter, Very Special Arts (VSA) Tennessee, and the Mayor of Nashville’s Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities.

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TPAC Education tours Cabus’ Christmas classic

Mark Cabus returns to local schools in December with his brilliant rendering of A Christmas Carol, on tour with TPAC Education’s Humanities Outreach in Tennessee and including an independent public performance on December 10 at Nashville’s First Unitarian Universalist Church. In his action-packed staging of the Charles Dickens’ classic, Cabus plays 18 different characters at a whirlwind pace. The result…

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Making an impact in arts education

Mostly known for presenting curated seasons of touring Broadway productions and diverse entertainment, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center is often seen only as another big-time venue in Music City. However, for the last 30 years, the non-profit arts center has served as a catalyst for the growth or Nashville’s performing arts community, and much of this impact can be traced…

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TPAC’s ArtSmart and Project Based Learning

There’s a new term that Tennessee educators — and TPAC staff — have begun to use on a regular basis: Project Based Learning (PBL). As the teaching method gains momentum, TPAC Education is uniquely positioned to offer educators opportunities to explore PBL through the arts to more actively engage students in learning. “Great works of art are unique records of…

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Arts education for adults with InsideOut

TPAC Education’s series for adults almost always fills to capacity, dramatizing the demand for experiences inside and out of the live performance. Through TPAC InsideOut, audience members meet artists from Broadway shows. They go into the rehearsal halls of Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Nashville Opera and Nashville Ballet. They enjoy a free lunch over a panel discussion coordinated in partnership with…

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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…

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Lattie Brown: A Lifetime in Arts Education

Lattie Brown attended TPAC Education’s very first performance for student audiences in 1983: The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. Ever since, Lattie has continued her relationship with theatre and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, where she has served as Director of Special Projects since 2000.   Here’s her TPAC story: Q: Does your first experience with TPAC Education stand out?…

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Here’s how you can support TPAC during The Big Payback :

The goal is simple: Inspire our community to come together and contribute to the life-changing work of local non-profit organizations. On May 6, your participation in The Big Payback will help the Tennessee Performing Arts Center continue to provide comprehensive arts education programs throughout Middle Tennessee. The education department at TPAC serves children from pre-school to high school and works…

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