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TAA in Action

From time to time the Tennessee Arts Academy will feature webinars, podcasts and other special event programming that will be offered to TAA participants, alumni, and the general public at this location on the website.

TAA Video Collection

The Tennessee Arts Academy Story
A Video Overview

Who Changed the World for You
TAA Foundation

2022 TAA Best of the Best and STARS Exhibition Montage

"TAA Talks" Podcasts

"TAA Talks" is a monthly podcast, produced by TAA Association President Kami Lunsford. The show features interviews with TAA alumni, TAA current participants, TAA Foundation Board members, TAA donors, TAA faculty, and arts teachers and their students from around the state and nation.

If you have an idea for a podcast interview, please email (taa@belmont.edu) or call (615-460-5451) the TAA office with your suggestions. We hope you enjoy the "TAA Talks" podcasts. Please tune in every month for this very exciting offering.

The Acceptance Piece: How Art Education Can Change Their World
David Reynolds
November, 2023

David Reynolds, TAA visual art facilitator, shares how art gives students "life tools" that can help them create a better world. He also gives some really great advice for new and pre-service teachers! David has taught for twelve years and is currently the elementary visual arts teacher at Moore Elementary in the Franklin Special Schools District in Franklin, Tennessee. He serves as Commissioner for the City of Franklin Public Arts Commission, Association Representative for his district with the Tennessee Education Association, and as a Tennessee Arts Academy facilitator. David has given presentations at the national and state level, and received the Distinguished Service to the Profession Award from the Tennessee Art Education Association in 2021. His classroom work is centered around acceptance and creativity.

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The Power of Creative Choice is Priceless
Darlene Tanner, TAA Alumni Association West TN Regional Rep
December, 2022

Darlene Tanner, one of our West TN Regional Representatives for the TAA Alumni Association, encourages us to unlock the power of choice in fine arts classes!  She is a visual art educator who teaches K-5th Grades at University School of Jackson in Jackson, TN.  Born to missionary parents, she grew up in Japan, and her journey led her to Tennessee where she studied art at Union University.  She and her husband David have raised three children and a llama business, served as Master Gardeners in their community, and built a geodesic dome!

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Celebrating Failure with your Students
Kami Lunsford Interviews Michelle Tripp.
June, 2022

Michelle Tripp, TAA Alumni Association Middle TN Regional Representative, reflects on the power of theatre education and shares some fruitful finds that make performances easier for directors in 2022! Michelle grew up in the Middle Tennessee area and now lives in Murfreesboro. She will begin her 25th year of teaching this upcoming school year and has taught theatre, film, and speech at Page High School in Franklin for the past 14 years. When she is not directing a school or community theatre production, she enjoys spending time with her family and experimenting in the kitchen on new dishes.

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Kami Lunsford Interviews William Bodley, Jr..
May, 2022

William Bodley, Jr., TAA Alumni Association West TN Regional Representative, reflects on the 2021-2022 school year, and shares with us what strategies he's keeping and which ones he's letting go. William has served as the band director at Treadwell Middle School in Memphis, Tennessee for nine years. Originally from Mobile, AL, he attended Alabama A&M University and continued his education at the University of Memphis studying saxophone. After volunteering at middle and high schools during his time as a performance major, he realized he loved teaching and decided to plant roots in Memphis as an educator. William is also a saxophonist in the 129th Army Band.

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Webinars and Special Event Programs

Please check back regularly at this location of the TAA website for current webinars being offered by the Tennessee Arts Academy, as well as special event programming.

Tennessee Arts Academy • Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation
615-460-5451 • 1900 Belmont Blvd. • Nashville, TN 37212 • taa@belmont.edu