Play for students explores change, personal loss

Respect for the intelligence and sophistication of students attending TPAC Education performances is “square one” for Sherri Leathers as she builds the annual “Season for Young People.” That consideration, especially, came into play – along with quality and connections to curriculum – when Walking the Tightrope was selected for the 2014-15 student season. The critically acclaimed play by Mike Kenny…

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Antioch students enjoy arts from kitchen to stage

Through March, students from Antioch High School will experience two very different opportunities in the arts with TPAC Education. Theatre arts and culinary arts, that is. In conjunction with the tour of PIPPIN, TPAC Education received a grant from the Broadway League (the industry trade association) to explore the history and themes of the Tony Award-winning revival. Thirty theatre students…

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CMA Foundation to support Disney Musicals in Schools for second year

CMA Foundation logoThe CMA Foundation recently announced $1.6 million in grants for music education programs in 2015, and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center is proud to share that it made the list.

With the foundation’s support for a second year, 20 Metro Nashville Public Schools will produce a Disney Kids or JR. musical this year. That is FOUR TIMES the number served by the program since TPAC Education and Metro Schools were selected by Disney Theatrical Group in 2011 for its first pilot outside of New York City.

Here’s more on DMIS:

Tennessee Performing Arts Center: Supporting TPAC’s after school program, Disney Musicals in Schools, which will engage students in 20 Metro Nashville Public Schools. Now in its fourth year, the local program was Disney’s first in-school outreach project outside of New York City and is the only program working with both elementary and middle schools. At the end of this academic year, 27 percent of Metro Nashville’s elementary schools will have produced a musical, engaging up to 1,200 students, 130 educators, 600 volunteers, and 12 teaching artists. At no cost to them, the schools receive a performance license for the Disney KIDS or JR. Musical of their choice, comprehensive resource materials, and in-school support from TPAC Teaching Artists.

For more about the generous donations CMA Foundation announced for 13 charitable organizations nationwide, click here.


Workshops aid teachers in engaging students

Through Humanities Outreach in Tennessee (HOT), an annual season of diverse performances, TPAC Education has brought learning to life for students across the state for more than 20 years. But did you know TPAC Education offers free workshops for teachers as well? Just like the eclectic mix on TPAC’s public calendar, the HOT season includes a blend of cutting-edge contemporary work and…

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Six Metro Schools Added for TPAC’s Disney Musicals in Schools Program

Six more Metro Nashville Public Schools have been selected to participate in Disney Musicals in Schools, an extracurricular program that complements classroom learning goals. The additional schools are Andrew Jackson Elementary, Gower Elementary, Hickman Elementary, and Old Center Elementary; and William Henry Oliver Middle and Wright Middle schools.

Sponsored locally by the CMA Foundation, the collaboration between Disney Theatrical Group, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, TPAC Education, and Metro Schools will serve a total of 20 elementary and middle schools this academic year. At no cost to them, they receive a performance license for the Disney KIDS or Disney JR. Musical of their choice, along with comprehensive resource materials and in-school support from TPAC’s professional teaching artists.

“The program gets more exciting for us every year. Our goal is to eventually serve 100 percent of the elementary and middle schools in Metro Nashville,” said Roberta Ciuffo, TPAC’s Executive Vice President for Education and Outreach. “Disney Theatrical Group has given TPAC and Nashville an extraordinary opportunity. We’re extremely proud of the incredible work we’ve seen in Metro Schools and grateful to Disney and the CMA Foundation for the support that allows this program to continue.”

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“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

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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