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Every year, TFTA hosts a luncheon in Nashville to educate state legislators about the importance of the arts and ensure their continued support of the specialty license plate funding, which is the bedrock of arts grant funding in Tennessee. This Day on the Hill is a critical event where arts organizations are able to meet their representatives and to share stories of how the arts have impacted their communities.
Tennessee is defined by its culture, from the craftsmanship of east Tennessee to the Blues of Memphis, and the home of Country Music and Bluegrass in Nashville – and when music, dance, theater, and visual arts are part of our school’s curriculum they stimulate the imagination, develop critical thinking skills, and strengthen self-esteem.
The next time some asks you why the arts matter – remind them that students who participate in the arts are 4 times likely to be recognized for academic achievement and then show them this presentation. It’s full of great stats about how important the arts are for Tennessee’s students.
State governments today face monumental challenges: record-breaking budget shortfalls, rising unemployment, widespread home foreclosures and escalating needs for public assistance. States are wrestling with these immediate pressures while also trying to address long-term concerns about education, economic competitiveness and health care. All the while, public managers and elected officials must uphold the principles that taxpayers expect: thrift, accountability, equity and transparency.