Educational Institutions

Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation

  • Nashville, TN
  • http://www.tennesseeartsacademy.org/support-taa/taa_foundation.aspx

Mission Statement

The Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation (TAAF) was established in 2002 to aid and assist in the growth and expansion of the Tennessee Arts Academy. Through their active participation in this nationally renowned training institute, Tennessee Arts Academy teacher-participants renew their commitment to active learning and artistic literacy, to the power of the arts to promote critical thinking, and to the importance of the arts in the lives of all students. The TAAF Board of Directors shares in the belief that educators trained at the Tennessee Arts Academy are better equipped and motivated to serve their students, significantly raise achievement levels, and effect positive and lasting change in classrooms throughout the state. The board pursues its goals through a yearly plan of action which includes a variety of fundraising events and community awareness programs designed to inform and educate the public, state education leaders and government officials regarding the merits of the Academy and the critical need for increased emphasis on the arts and creativity in our schools. The Foundation accepts both individual and corporate contributions.For further information about the Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation, call 615-460-5451 or e-mail questions or comments to taa@belmont.edu.

Main Programs

  1. Tennessee Arts Academy

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Service Areas

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Tennessee

Since its inception, the Academy has reached teachers from all school districts and counties in Tennessee. During the seven year period from 2009 to 2015, TAA enrolled teachers from 104 counties, including 30 of the 41 Middle Tennessee counties. The 2009-2015 Tennessee Arts Academy statistics are as follows: Number of Tennessee Counties Served - 104 Number of Middle Tennessee Counties Served - 30 Number of Tennessee Arts Teachers Served - 1,902 Number of Tennessee Students Impacted - 927,883

ruling year

1998

Principal Officer since 2008

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Mr. E. Frank Bluestein

Keywords

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elementary education, secondary education, K-12 education, arts, teacher

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EIN

62-1721187

Also Known As

Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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In FY 2015, the Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation (TAAF) committed to provide TAA with needed support in several areas in order to continue their outstanding professional development program for arts teachers from across the state of Tennessee. Four examples of key support areas included: 1) Work to Get an Increase for TAA in the State Education Budget (Goal: $100,000.00 annually) The Foundation worked diligently to educate lawmakers and the governor's staff to get funding increased for the Academy. After much effort, the Academy received a $100,000 increase in the Governor's budget for 2016-2017. 2) Sell 30 Tables or Equivalent for the Bravo Awards Banquet (Goal: $30,000.00) The TAAF Board proposed to increase table sales for the Bravo Banquet from 25 to 30. This goal was met financially, with individual ticket sales and table sales combining to meet the $30,000 goal. All funds support TAA programs. Broadway star Aaron Lazar (Light in the Piazza, Mamma Mia!, Phantom of the Opera) was the headline artist for the evening. 3) Establish A Mentorship Program For the 2015 Tennessee Arts Academy, the Foundation sponsored the first TAA Teacher Mentor Program. The mentoring project aims to provide year-long assistance and support for novice teachers who attend the Academy. These novice teachers were paired with TAA alumni who have successfully implemented in their own classrooms the training they received at the Academy. The mentoring teachers are advising their partner teacher throughout the year. The program is overseen by a TAAF officer. 4) Identify Alumni Association Officers and Set Up an Organizational Model The board worked diligently to identify officers for the TAA Alumni Association. A group was formed and has met several times. Goals are being established for the group, a set of by-laws is in the works and programs are being developed. The new officers will be announced at the 2016 TAA Bravo Banquet. Focus Areas for the FY 2016 TAAF Board of Directors include: Creation of a Vision 30 Committee to Assess Future Academy Needs Through the Year 2030.The Tennessee Arts Academy will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2016. In order to ensure the continued growth and future success of the Academy, the TAAF Board will establish a long range planning committee to review all current and future needs of the Tennessee Arts Academy through the year 2030. The committee will explore financial, organizational, programmatic and facility needs of the organization and report back to the board on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Establishment of An Endowment Charter and Committee to Oversee the New TAAF Endowment FundThe TAAF Board will work to create a program charter for the TAAF endowment fund to help ensure the long-term financial stability for TAA. The charter will outline the endowment's role and level of operation. The board will additionally seek members to be placed on the endowment board who will have financial oversight of the fund. Expansion of Sponsorships for Faculty and Muser PresentationsThe TAAF Board will seek additional sponsors for faculty positions and for the numerous speakers who are contracted by the Academy for the various plenary sessions. Creation of An Academic Partner Collaboration with Local Schools and School DistrictsThe TAAF Board will seek out schools and school districts who are willing to help financially support teachers in their districts wishing to attend the Academy. Strategies will be explored to offer matching scholarship dollars to schools and school districts so that individual participant/educators will be able to attend the Academy on a reduced-fee or on a no-fee basis.

Programs

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Program 1

Tennessee Arts Academy

The program supported by the Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation is the Tennessee Arts Academy (TAA). TAA has a rich 30-year history as the nation's premiere program for professional development in arts education. The Academy trains over 275 K-12 music, visual art and theatre teachers, as well as select school administrators, every summer on the campus of Belmont University in Nashville. Educators trained a the Tennessee Arts Academy are better equipped and motivated to serve their students, significantly raise achievement levels and effect positive and lasting change throughout all parts of our state. Upon returning to their classrooms in the fall, the dedicated Academy-trained teachers impact over 150,000 Tennessee students in the first year alone, after receiving Academy instruction. This impact multiplies exponentially in subsequent years. The Foundation board and the TAA staff work together to find additional means of revenue to preserve the Academy and its stellar programs.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$100,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Tennessee

Since its inception, the Academy has reached teachers from all school districts and counties in Tennessee. During the seven year period from 2009 to 2015, TAA enrolled teachers from 104 counties, including 30 of the 41 Middle Tennessee counties. The 2009-2015 Tennessee Arts Academy statistics are as follows: Number of Tennessee Counties Served - 104 Number of Middle Tennessee Counties Served - 30 Number of Tennessee Arts Teachers Served - 1,902 Number of Tennessee Students Impacted - 927,883

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Funding Needs

The 5 most pressing needs of the TAAF Board are as follows: 1) Raise adequate funds to offset state funded cuts to the Academy's budget, lower Academy registration fees in order to make the cost more affordable for teachers to attend, and maintain the outstanding quality of existing Academy programs and resources 2) Raise awareness among Tennessee Department of Education officials and state government leaders regarding the importance of arts education in our schools 3) Empower arts teachers to have a voice in their professional development through the TAA Alumni Association 4) Work to provide scholarship funding for worthy teachers who could not otherwise attend the Academy 5) Continue to build the profile of the TAAF board through better strategic planning and goal setting

Affiliations + Memberships

Tennesseans for the Arts

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Principal Officer

Mr. E. Frank Bluestein

BIO

Frank Bluestein is the 1996-1997 Disney National Performing Arts Teacher of the Year and the 1994 Tennessee Teacher of the Year. In October of 1998, USA Today named Mr. Bluestein as one of the top 40 teachers in the United States. Mr. Bluestein is a past winner of the American Theatre Association's John C. Barner Award. He has served as an arts advisory panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, the College Board Arts Advisory Committee, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and the Tennessee Arts Commission. Mr. Bluestein is a former president both of the Tennessee Alliance for Arts Education and the Germantown Arts Alliance. He currently serves as executive director for Tennessee Shakespeare Company, executive director of the Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation and managing director of the Tennessee Arts Academy, a nationally recognized statewide teacher training institute located in Nashville, Tennessee. Until his recent retirement, Mr. Bluestein served for thirty-seven years as the chairman of the Germantown High School Fine Arts Department in Germantown, Tennessee. He was the artistic director of the school's theatre, the Poplar Pike Playhouse, and also served as executive producer for Germantown Community Television, the school's three million dollar educational television facility. During Mr. Bluestein's tenure, Germantown Community Television was named eleven times by the Alliance for Community Media as the Best Community Access Station in the USA. He led his team of teachers and scores of students to win two national student Emmys for sports (2004) and writing (2007) as well as 33 regional first-place student Emmy awards. Mr. Bluestein served as a director of shows at Opryland, USA, and most recently wrote and directed the national touring production of Beale Street Saturday Night starring blues legend Joyce Cobb. In September of 2013, Mr. Bluestein was inducted into the Educational Theatre Association Hall of Fame in Minneapolis.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Tennessee Arts Academy emerged from an expressed need by Tennessee arts teachers for a staff development program to better meet the needs of a more assessment-based curriculum that emphasizes teacher accountability. Today, the vision for arts education shines brighter throughout Tennessee and the nation because of the ongoing success of the Academy. Teachers who have completed the rigorous TAA program are provided with the proper tools and direction to optimize their learning environment and better train students from across the state. The Academy attracts a diverse and enthusiastic group of K-12 Tennessee educators. Leading academic instructors and talented artists from throughout the USA and abroad form the rotating faculty, providing unparalleled instruction, community and renewal. The Academy consists of two tracks, one geared to elementary/lower middle school teachers and the other designed for upper middle/high school teachers. Participants are grouped according to their specific teaching assignment, which includes visual art, music, or theatre courses. A special component for arts administrators and arts assessment supervisors offers insight, strategies and practical advice on the latest assessment tools and on ways the arts can be fully utilized as part of the total school program. Academy sessions are varied and stimulating. Each teacher spends three sessions daily studying with expert core faculty Each day features an artistic performance or art exhibition, the Academy's philosophical component called "Musings" and special choice sessions ("Interludes") that vary from day to day. A range of special events include Sunday night's opening celebration and young artist performance; Tuesday evening's art crawl featuring three exclusive TAA art exhibitions; Wednesday night's Academy Awards Banquet honoring an outstanding national artist; and Friday's Finale luncheon, which includes a performance by the Academy Chorale as well as words of appreciation, closure and challenge. As participants depart, bittersweet farewells can be heard at the close of the busy but exciting week of study, learning and networking. Evaluation results by Academy participants (2015) speak louder than words: Total Number of Participant Evaluators = 265 Scale of 1 to 5 with 5 the highest: Overall impression of TAA = 4.87 Quality of instruction = 4.82 Musings Sessions = 4.43 Performances =4.87 Usefulness of this experience for my classroom needs = 4.80 If anyone asks me about TAA I will…. Highly Recommend = 95.82% Recommend = 3.04%Express Reservation = 1.14% (mainly due to cost) "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Stephen Coleman President

Retired from Cumberland University

Term: Sept 2012 - Aug 2016

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