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Public invited to first meeting of Tullahoma Arts Council

Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 3:29 pm

The kickoff meeting of the Tullahoma Arts Council has been set for 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 at the Tullahoma Events Center, 205 NW Atlantic St.

Anne Pope, executive director of the Tennessee Arts Commission, will be the keynote speaker, city officials have announced.

Pope will speak about the benefits of a thriving art community, creating a Tullahoma Arts Council and why this is important for our community.

“I am honored to speak to the citizens of Tullahoma,” said Pope. “A vibrant, engaged and active arts community is a key element of economic development. It creates a livable city, and attracts tourists and complementary businesses to the area.”

Considered one of the foremost state arts agencies in the nation, the Tennessee Arts Commission is successful in the areas of public funding, arts education, advocacy, promotion and preservation of cultural heritage and support of individual artists and innovative services to constituents in all arts disciplines.

Mayor Lane Curlee anticipates this meeting will be the first step in forming a community-wide Tullahoma Arts Council.

“The purpose of this council will be to leverage all our arts and make Tullahoma even more of an arts-rich community and a regional arts destination,” said Mayor Curlee. “We have so much artistic talent in Tullahoma it just makes sense to all work together and grow this asset.”

All who are interested in growing the arts in Tullahoma are invited. A light lunch will be served.

“An arts-rich community is an attractive place to work and live. Also, students who are active in the arts do better across all disciplines of study. Let’s invest in the arts in Tullahoma by supporting the performing, cultural, visual, dramatic, graphic and culinary arts,” said Curlee.

“Other cities have been successful creating thriving arts communities, which in turn create destinations for locals and visitors,” he said. “A thriving arts community is attractive to young families and is an important component of our strategy to grow Tullahoma.”

Pope has immense knowledge of arts, education and business in both the public and private sectors. Previously, Pope served as the executive director of the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network. Additionally, she served as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance and as executive director of the Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission.

In the private sector, she served as president/CEO of Proffitt’s of the Tri-Cities, formerly a division of Saks, Inc.

She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.

Those who plan on attending are asked to contact the city’s community coordinator Winston Brooks at 455-2648 or by email at wbrooks@tullahomatn.gov.