“VSA arts Tennessee has had a connection with Chattanooga since its inception in 2002 and we have wanted to strengthen our services and exposure in the area,” remarked VSA arts Tennessee Executive Director, Lori Kissinger. “The Chattanooga volunteer group has literally moved mountains within one year and for these efforts VSA arts Tennessee could think of no more deserving group for the 2009 Community Partner Award."
VSA arts Chattanooga will present performances and workshops at the upcoming Who-Fest, May 23 and 24, 2009. Performances will feature artists with special needs from Chattanooga and across Tennessee as well as a workshop by trap drum expert Eddie Tuduri.
In addition to the upcoming Who-Fest, the group provided support with the VSA arts Tennessee’s fall online auction and an artist residency at the Dawn School with Bob Stagner. The planning committee also connected VSA arts Tennessee with Rock City Gardens for a free performance for special education students to be held on October 13, 2009.
VSA arts Chattanooga planning committee include representatives from Allied Arts, Chattanooga Parks and Recreation’s Therapeutic Services, Open Arms, Orange Grove Center, Shaking Ray Levi Society, United Way, and Who-Fest.
The VSA arts Chattanooga planning committee was created as a result of last year's Connecting the Dots Summit sponsored by Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga, Chattanooga City Department of Education, Arts and Culture and United Way. The group will share a report of their activities at this year’s Connecting the Dots Summit, May 21, 2009 from 9:00a.m. to Noon at the United Way building.
Funding for these new events has been provided by Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga, The Tennessee Arts Commission, the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, and the National Endowment for the Arts.