Arts Alliance Meets for Lunch Tuesday

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(MURFREESBORO) If you're interested in seeing more public art in Rutherford County, along with construction of performance halls and museums, you need to attend this coming Tuesday's (11/12/2019) RUTHERFORD ARTS ALLIANCE' monthly meeting at the Lane Agri-Park, 315 John R. Rice Boulevard. That's next to PAWS and just down from Sam's.

It will be a brown-bag lunch meeting from 11:30am-1:00pm. The agenda includes an Alliance update, a short program by our host, and time for attendees to mingle, network, and share their arts-related announcements. Bring your own lunch, or enjoy a soup and chili lunch available for purchase for $5; RSVP is required if you want to reserve a lunch. Please reserve your lunch by emailing Nadean Poteete at

HEARTS Exhibit at Center for the Arts


HeArt of Tennessee is a Rutherford Arts Alliance community-building project (Murfreesboro, Smyrna, LaVergne and Eagleville) that has involved artists of all ages, races and socioeconomic categories. The project consists of three phases, the first of which has been completed under the leadership of a recently connected creative community. In Phase I of the project, 24 local artists painted 24 large (24") aluminum hearts fabricated by local blacksmith Joe Brown. Local artists, painter Norris Hall and sculptor Lewis Snyder, consulted with project organizers on materials that would be weather sustaining. Project organizers contacted local businesses to sponsor the hearts. This money was used for paint and materials for the hearts, and the remaining will be used toward the final sculpture. In October 2018, at the Boro Art Crawl, on the public square in Murfreesboro, the hearts were displayed on easels for the public to view. After the event, the hearts were displayed around the courthouse square in business windows. This show will be on exhibit at the Center for the Arts November 11th-January 6th with a reception December 13th from 6-7:30 during the Boro Art Crawl.

In Phase II, they will be collected and assembled into public art with a 14' centerpiece sculpture that will reside in the Breezeway by Gateway Island. The design of this sculpture was developed by Michael Baggerly, Sharon Kolli and Ginny Togrye with the theme of HeArt of TN promoting the love and inclusiveness of our city. The hearts will be a secondary element around the centerpiece sculpture and placed in a lower base and concrete pad. A honeycomb grid fence will be around the entire sculpture installation fitting in with the Breezeway's theme of pollination. Phase III of the project will add an open gazebo with seating. Our goal is for this to be the first of many public sculptures our citizens can enjoy and to set our city on a path as a cultural destination.


Participating artists include Lisa Sims, Richard Spry, Susan Rodehaver, Diane Stockard, Sharon Mayeux, April Broussard, Susan Gulley, Kay Currie, Lewis and Eric Snyder, Sheryl Ann Miller Turman, Suzanne LeBeau, Phil Wagner, Delaney Fitzhugh, Carol Berning, Dawn Magliacano, Norris Hall, Mira Patel, Ashley Buchanon, Lisa Browning, Abby Reish, Sharon Kolli, Ginny Togrye, Kory Wells, Lynn Anthony, and Janice Reeves.

Arts Alliance Needs You

Our county is bursting with arts and culture opportunities, and we need your help to guide these efforts! We are adding an at-large member to the board and filling a vacated Vice Chair's position and would like to get your input. If you or someone you know is interested in these positions described below, please write in their names in the blanks provided. The deadline for submitting names is November 27. We will then circulate the names and bios of nominees for paid members to vote in December. Nominees must be paid members by the nomination deadline. Since we are filling these positions mid-cycle, the term for these two positions will be for the remainder of the cycle, rather than the full 2-year term.This will keep these board members in sync with the current board members.

Executive Board members are expected to be active in board work.

Terms (Normal term is July 1 - June 30)

Executive Board members will serve a two-year term, with the exception of the Vice Chair and Chair who will serve for three years. The other positions of the Board may be nominated for a second term. After serving two consecutive terms, an Executive Board member will not be eligible to be elected to another board service term for two years.

Here are positions that need involved individuals.

Vice Chair

The Vice Chair will act in the absence of the Chair and is expected to take on the Chair role in the subsequent term. The Vice Chair is also responsible for the oversight of all administrative and legal matters. The Vice Chair also works closely with the Governance Committee and assists the Chair with strategic planning.

At-large Member

An at-large member will be elected who has a public relations expertise and who will oversee communications for the Alliance including the newsletter, press releases and web presence.

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