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Grundy Area Arts Council Update

Posted on Friday, August 23, 2019 at 12:17 pm

Membership Potluck Gathering
Join GAAC for an end of summer potluck dinner in the GAAC classroom, in the Tracy City Water Department Building. On August 27, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Meet Bob Townsend, the Director of the new program JAM Kids Grundy Area, an affiliate of Junior Appalachian Musicians. Brett Morris, the Executive Director of Junior Appalachian Musicians, will also be in attendance. After the meeting and meal, plan to stick around to hear a bit of music from the weekly Tuesday night acoustic jam group.
GAAC News in a nutshell
• JAMkids Grundy Area begins pilot programs in Tracy City and North Elementary Schools this autumn. Bob Townsend will serve as the director. As the parent organization, Junior Appalachian Musicians, Inc. provides communities with the tools and support they need to teach children to play, and dance to, traditional old-time and bluegrass music.
• JAM Kids Grundy area has received a $3000 grant from South ARTS, a $3000 Board Directed Grant from the South Cumberland Community Fund, and $800 from friends in the Community. Instrument Donations may also be delivered to Fiddlers Anonymous, Chattanooga; Mary Dykes, Music Barn, Tracy City; or Fine Arts at the Mountain, Sewanee.
• Local sculptor Jamey Chernicky has completed his bench for the Old Roundhouse Park in Tracy City. Look forward to a celebration of its installation in conjunction with the ribbon-cutting of the new playgrounds later in the fall.
• GAAC recently received a $500 gift from the Ellen Livingfield More Family Charitable Trust specifically to support the arts in the Grundy County Schools.
• GAAC Weekly Acoustic Jam meets on Tuesdays at 7 p.m., all are all ages and experience levels are welcome.
• Arts Inside continues provide art and education programs to incarcerated men and women at the Grundy County Jail with both visual art and writing workshops. Recently, Arts Inside began an ambitious project that involves incarcerated participants using life-size photo images of themselves to tell their stories through collage. This particular project is made available not just to the jail art classes, but to a wider group of inmates. So far, the results have been remarkable and the goal is to have an art show featuring these works.
• Millicent Foreman resigned as President of GAAC earlier in the year. Vice President April Minkler has agreed to step into the role of president for the rest of 2019. Bob Townsend has agreed to fill the empty board seat for the remainder of the year. GAAC will be electing a new officers and board positions in for 2018. Nominations can be emailed to
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