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Local Educator Chosen To Attend The Tennessee Arts Academy

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Lalania Vaughn

Lalania Vaughn

Lalania Star Vaughn, Fine Arts Director at Tipton-Rosemark Academy, has been selected to attend the 2015 Tennessee Arts Academy.
The Academy, the nation’s premier summer professional development institute for arts education, will officially open on July 12, 2015 and run through July 17. Over 275 K-12 public and private school teachers from across the state have been chosen to attend the weeklong session.
A program of the Tennessee Department of Education, the Academy has been held annually since 1987 on the campus of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Academy’s nationally and internationally renowned instructors and artists come from across the United States. They will teach a diverse range of classes in music, theater and visual art as well as special classes in arts leadership, administration and assessment. One of the many highlights of the week will include the Bravo Awards Banquet and Performance on Wednesday night, July 15, honoring noted Tennessee visual artist Charles Brindley; Broadway director, lyricist, producer and writer Richard Maltby, Jr. (Ain’t Misbehavin’, Fosse, Miss Saigon); and innovative Metro Nashville music program, Music Makes Us. Following the awards, an inspired performance by one of Broadway’s biggest stars, Aaron Lazar (Light in the Piazza, The Last Ship, Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia!), will conclude the evening. Reservations and ticket information may be obtained by calling the Academy office at 615-460-5451 or visiting online at
Other Academy highlights include a performance by renowned marimba soloist Naoko Takada, a speech by former Metropolitan Opera star and educator Mignon Dunn, and a presentation by visual artist Andrew Saftel. Award recipient Richard Maltby, Jr. and performer Aaron Lazar will also address the participants.
The Academy will sponsor three on-campus art exhibitions.
Those of Us Still Living by Jim Arendt will be featured in Belmont’s Leu Art Gallery, co-sponsored by the Belmont University Department of Art. The Best of the Best Tennessee Student Art Exhibition and Connections: The Tennessee Art Education Association Teacher Exhibition, co-sponsored with the Tennessee Art Education Association, will hang in Gallery 121 and the Lobby Gallery of the Leu Center for the Visual Arts. Daily performances throughout the week will be presented by Ballet Memphis, Nashville Shakespeare Festival, and Elisabeth Small and World Fiddle.
At last week’s concluding event, the Joe W. Giles Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to longtime Memphis visual art educator and administrator Gregg Coats, followed by a performance of the Tennessee Arts Academy Chorale, under the direction of Edith Copley.
The teachers and administrators trained at the Tennessee Arts Academy each year impact over 150,000 Tennessee students all across the state when they return to their individual school districts and classrooms in the fall. The Academy’s advanced curriculum, cutting-edge methodology and unique philosophical perspective maximize participants’ learning experiences. With renewed energy and knowledge, educators trained at the Tennessee Arts Academy are better equipped and motivated to raise achievement standards and effect positive and lasting change for Tennessee students, providing them with the necessary skills to become creative and productive members of our work force and society.
Several Academy events are free and open to the public. Visit or call 615-460-5451 for more information.
Tennessee Arts Academy
c/o Belmont University · 1900 Belmont Boulevard · Nashville, TN 37212 · 615-460-5451 · 615-460-6057 (Fax) ·

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