Our Purpose

ArtsEd Tennessee advances, promotes and supports music, theatre, dance, and visual art education through a robust statewide coalition of arts education advocates, including education, community, business, and parent members.

ArtsEd Tennessee advocates for visual and performing arts education for all students in Tennessee by mobilizing a coalition of statewide advocates.

With a focus on state policy, ArtsEd Tennessee is a champion for supportive policies and essential funding to advance quality, accessible arts education for all students.


Our Plan

ArtsEd Tennessee supports the following values and pre-conditions for effective arts education:

• ArtsEd Tennessee believes in working collaboratively with the Tennessee State Legislature, State Board of Education, State Department of Education and other state and NGO agencies to advance arts education in the state, seeking input and guidance on regulatory, policy and budgetary issues.

ArtsEd Tennessee believes all students shall have access to quality arts instruction (dance, music, theatre and visual arts) taught during the school day by licensed specialists, highly skilled in the subject area being taught.

ArtsEd Tennessee believes arts classes shall be aligned with the TN Fine Arts Content Standards and taught by appropriately licensed teachers.

ArtsEd Tennessee believes school districts shall support adequate funding for and access to highly effective teachers, instructional materials, including textbooks, art supplies, musical instruments, scripts, instructional technology, and equipment, both in the classroom and in performance areas.

ArtsEd Tennessee believes in the value of partnerships with the arts and culture community for the purpose of enhancing, enriching and strengthening school-based instruction and providing connections to careers in the arts and professional artists.

ArtsEd Tennessee believes school districts shall provide appropriate facilities for teaching and performing the arts, including designed classrooms and performance/exhibition spaces for dance, music, theatre and visual arts.

Our work is informed by a cross-section of more than 300 stakeholders who attended five daylong workshops, convened to build a collective vision for strengthening the work of educators, administrators and anyone invested in quality arts education. Sponsored by Americans for the Arts with funding from the CMA Foundation, workshops were held in Fall 2019 in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Nashville, Martin, and Memphis. Please review the report HERE to learn more.