Some wonderful news from our friends at Tennesseans For The Arts!


Thanks to You, Arts Advocacy Day 2015 was a Wonderful Success!

TFTA1TFTA’s annual Arts Advocacy Day was held on March 4, 2015 at the Tennessee State Museum. The day’s events began with the Dobyns-Bennett a Capella group warming up while everyone picked up their registration materials. The full DB Chorus got the programming off to a great start. TFTA President Bonnie Macdonald enthusiastically welcomed attendees and honored Melinda Hearn, Arts Advocacy Day Chair before introducing Tennessee Arts Commission Executive Director, Anne Pope. Pope spoke briefly and introduced Treasurer Lillard and his staff who spoke on the new GIFT-A-TAG voucher program. Suzanne Lynch, Arts Commission Director of Marketing gave the audience how-to tips on the voucher and directed them to the voucher brochure. TFTA Educational Consultant Molly Pratt followed up with tips for legislative visits and information on the press conference that would be held that afternoon. Despite the weather forecast, it was a fantastic turnout with over 250 attendees! TFTA thanks everyone who braved the weather and came out to support the arts in Tennessee and would like to recognize the 70+ first time attendees! TFTA would also like to thank its partners for AA Day 2015: Tennessee Arts Commission, Premier Parking, Tennessee State Museum, Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, Birthplace of Country Music, and Eastman! We’re already looking forward to next year!

From left to right: Representative Curtis Halford, Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, Senator Rusty Crowe, Speaker Beth Harwell, TN Arts Commission Executive Director Anne B. Pope,Tennesseans for the Arts President Bonnie Macdonald, TN Arts Commission Chair Patsy Camp, Senator Doug Overbey, Senator Becky Massey, Senator Jeff Yarbro and Treasurer David H. Lillard, Jr.

GIFT-A-TAG Program Launched

Following Arts Advocacy Day events at the Tennessee State Museum, the GIFT-A-TAG program was officially announced by Treasurer David Lillard at a press conference held at the Legislative Plaza. As of March 4, 2015, you can now gift Tennessee Specialty License Plates through a new Tennessee Gift Center website hosted by the State Department Treasury office, The GIFT-A-TAG Gift Voucher Program is the first offering on the website and it can be accessed directly by going Each GIFT-A-TAG is good for the purchase of a Specialty Plate or the personalization of any license plate. GIFT-A-TAG vouchers are $35 and you can buy as many as you want for your family, friends, board members and patrons! Great gifts for upcoming birthdays and holidays!


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