Arts Commission Dinner Meeting a Success02.16.2005
If you were unable to attend the get-together at the Peerless restaurant in Johnson City, you missed a great evening and a wonderful opportunity to meet and network with people passionate about the arts.
Attendance was great: 40 people from Abingdon, VA to Greeneville, TN, from visual artists to arts organizations representing theatre, dance, music, heritage and tourism!! There were animated conversations before, during and after the program — about past collaborations and possible future ones.
The evening was moderated by Nancy DeFriece of Bristol, who will be stepping down in June as chair of the Tennessee Arts Commission board of directors, and Ed Gerace of Johnson City, a TAC board member.
Rich Boyd, executive director of the Arts Commission, answered questions from attendees. Subjects included how to obtain help, funding, grant applications, and more. Very enlightening....
Boyd concluded the evening by saying, "Turf protection should go. You only grow stronger when you share. Small arts organizations and large organizations *can* work together." He added that "culture doesn't stop at the state line," noting that the Tennessee Arts Commission funds entities in Virginia as long as they're chartered in Tennessee, citing Barter Theatre and the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance as examples.
Stay tuned for future networking opportunities!
Bertina Dew, center, executive director of the Kingsport Ballet, chats with Kathy Knight and Darrell Bryan, both with the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville.
Standing: Judy Woodruff, executive director of the Tennessee Dance Association, talks to Lori Ann Sparks, artistic director of Central Ballet Theatre in Greeneville, TN. Listening to the discussion are Bristol Ballet board member Bonny Copenhaver and artistic director Michele Plescia.
Sarah Davis, Neli Ouzounova and Julia Loomis, all with the Johnson City Area Arts Council.
From left: Hardy Link, chairman of the board of directors of the Johnson City Symphony, shared a table with Brian and Lori Ann Sparks, artistic director of Central Ballet Theatre in Greeneville, TN.