The opening of the upcoming season at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC), and the distinguished contributions of John Ferguson to the arts, will be celebrated on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at TPAC’s annual gala. Inspired by the hit movie and Broadway show Catch Me If You Can, this year’s benefit for the arts center’s educational and cultural programs will feature a stylish 1960s atmosphere.
Create2012 will focus on aligning classroom instruction with 21st Century learning skills, which encompass creativity, imagination, problem solving, and critical thinking to support literacy in all subjects. Sessions will be offered for K-12 classroom teachers, arts specialists, teaching artists, special education, and resource teachers as well as principals and superintendents.
For the second year in a row, Nashville Ballet will serve as Nashville’s official location of National Dance Dayon Saturday, July 28, by offering free sample classes and choreography provided by Fox hit realty show So You Think You Can Dance(SYTYCD).
Pioneer rockabilly artist Wanda Jackson, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an “Early Influence” in 2009, will headline the 10th anniversary edition of the Southern Girls Rock & Roll Camp at MTSU July 23-28.
Known as the “Queen of Rockabilly,” Jackson toured with Elvis Presley, featured then-session guitarist Buck Owens on her early singles and included then-unknown Roy Clark as part of her band, The Party Timers. Her hits include “Let’s Have a Party,” “Right or Wrong” and “In the Middle of a Heartache.”