The nonprofit Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) announces that NFL legend, former Tennessee Titan, Heisman Memorial Trophy winner, and actor Eddie George will serve as advocate for TPAC Education, the organization’s expansive and nationally recognized education department.
George, who was honored with TPAC’s highest honor, the Applause Award, in August 2014 and joined the TPAC Board of Directors last July, will raise awareness of the need for arts education and its positive impact on educational achievement and well-being.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled at Eddie’s deep interest in how TPAC Education engages and inspires young people. Talented in his own right and a born mentor, Eddie is an excellent messenger for how someone can expand and enrich their life through participation with the arts,” said Kathleen O’Brien, TPAC president and chief executive officer. “Our goal over the next year is to get Eddie involved organically to see our various programs up close and provide him opportunities to speak with young people about accessing and celebrating their creative potential.”
As education advocate, George will work with TPAC to provide a strong voice of support for arts education, engage directly with students, teachers, and artists participating in the programs, and help the organization identify new ways to expand its efforts in reach, number of students, or with additional programs.
“When I was young, my mother made sure I was exposed to the arts, and I took ballet lessons to learn better body control when I got older. So, the arts were always a part of my life,” said George. “After my football career, the arts helped me find my voice. Now, I want to share that experience with kids and encourage them to discover their creative abilities, find their own voice, and live more well-rounded lives.”