ARTS CENTER OF CANNON COUNTY
Children's Theatre At Cannon In May
The Borrowers: May !0 -11 At Arts Center Of Cannon County
Arrietty is like any normal 14 year old yearning to experience the grown-up world. Only difference? She’s 4 inches tall and she and her tiny family lives beneath the floorboards. Find out what happens when she goes to “borrow” a few necessities and meets a human boy. Author Mary Norton enchants readers of all ages with her stories of the ingenious family of “Borrowers,” people barely six-inches high who own nothing, share freely and shamelessly borrow whatever they need from human beings.
Directed by Janine Morgan, The Borrowers features Charlotte Myhre as Arrietty and Keegan Miller as The Boy. The cast also includes Hannah Denninger, Suzanne Myhre, Amanda Sullivan, Harley Walker, Anna Whittemore, Hattie Fann, Mackenzie Turney, Kiley Hughes, Alena Denninger, Erilyn Denninger, Nick Emerton, Jacob Ketron, Hank Whittemore, Brennan Cox, Sims Lester, Ian Cox, Christian Denninger, and William Denninger,
Performances are Friday, May 10th at 7:30PM and Saturday, May 11 at 2PM.
The Borrowers is part of the 2013 Centerstage Series.
Ticket prices are $8 may be purchased by calling the Arts Center box office at (615) 563-2787 or 1-800-235-9073. A $3 discount for students is valid for all performances.
Tickets may also be purchased online at www.artscenterofcc.com.
PHOTO: © 2013, Russel Mobley/MTA.
State Awards Cannon County Arts Director
Arts Center of Cannon County's Donald Fann Honored For Art Leadership
PHOTO: Arts Center of Cannon County executive director Donald Fann. MTA file photo. © Russel Mobley/MTA.
Arts Center of Cannon County executive director Donald Fann is one of nine receipients of the 2013 Tennessee Governor's Arts Awards.
Established in 1971, the state's highest honor in the arts will be presented on April 23 by Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam at Conservation Hall in a special ceremony produced by the Tennessee Arts Commission.
“We congratulate each recipient of the 2013 Governor’s Arts Awards,” said Anne Pope, executive director of the Tennessee Arts Commission. “These exceptional individuals represent excellence in the arts, and illustrate the rich diversity of our state’s cultural heritage. It’s gratifying to see their many accomplishments recognized in such a special way.”
Recipients were selected from a field of nominees in three different categories, arts leadership, folklife heritage and distinguished artist.
Fann receives an arts leadership award, Recipients in this category may come from arts organizations, business, educators, patrons, arts administrators, corporations, or volunteers who have demonstrated significant support or participation in activities which foster excellence in, appreciation of, or access to the arts throughout the state.
Also included in this category are James C. “Jim” Martin of Johnson City, along with Knox Phillips and David Porter of Memphis.
Fann has served as executive director of the Arts Center of Cannon County since 1995. Under his leadership, the Arts Center of Cannon County and the town of Woodbury have received national recognition as a model for rural arts community development. Accomplishments include Woodbury being named one of the 100 Best Small Arts Towns in America; founding a Grammy-winning record label; managing a community theater, averaging 80 percent capacity; and developing a school matinee series where every student in Cannon County (10,000 students annually) sees four productions a year. Fann is also a mentor to other Tennessee rural communities through a peer network he helped create.
As a Johnson City resident and a remarkable patron of the arts, James C. “Jim” Martin has made a tremendous impact on the arts in Northeast Tennessee. Over the past several years, he has made extraordinary gifts to regional arts organizations in memory of his late wife, Mary B. Martin. While he has contributed to many arts organizations throughout Northeast Tennessee, his largest gift since 2008 has led to the creation of East Tennessee State University’s Mary B. Martin School of the Arts. In the fall of 2012, Martin provided another donation to the university, a gift that will serve as a catalyst for ETSU’s proposed arts classroom building and performing arts center, a much-needed facility to be located in Johnson City.
Recognized for their leadership in the Memphis music and film communities, Knox Phillips and David Porter have played major roles in establishing Memphis as a national and worldwide center of creative influence and impact. Both are considered goodwill ambassadors for the city and the unique Memphis sound. Phillips and Porter have served on the national level as trustees for the Grammy’s National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and both have served as board members of the Tennessee Film, Entertainment, and Music Commission.
The Folklife Heritage Award recognizes folk artists or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to artistic tradition. The award is intended to honor long-term achievements within art forms that are rooted in the traditional culture of Tennessee. Receiving the are: Polly Page of Pleasant Hill, and independent radio station WDVX in Knoxville.
Polly Page, now 94, is a woodcarver/dollmaker from the Pleasant Hill community in Cumberland County. Page has been a noted figure in traditional Tennessee crafts since World War II. She is known for a variety of animal and human figures, including her signature Aunt Jenny and Uncle Pink dolls. Her dolls have been exhibited at the Smithsonian and other folk museums around the world. Actress Jane Fonda gained inspiration from Page in preparing for her role in the movie, “The Dollmaker.”
WDVX in Knoxville is an independent, nonprofit radio station specializing in traditional music. WDVX had an unlikely start, broadcasting from a recreational vehicle parked in an East Tennessee campground in 1997. Through the Internet, the station has gained wide acclaim and international listenership with its eclectic programming in bluegrass, old-time, blues, gospel, and other roots music.
Receiving the Distinguished Artist Award are Bobby “Blue” Bland of Germantown, Ann Patchett of Nashville, and Jim Sherraden of Nashville. The Distinguished Artist Award recognizes artists of exceptional talent and creativity in any discipline, who over the course of a career, have contributed to the arts and have helped guide and influence directions, trends, and aesthetic practices on a state or national level.
Bland is one of the most influential singers in blues history, and is often referred to as the “Lion of the Blues.” In fact, he is acknowledged by many as the greatest male blues singer in history. A Shelby County native, he began his career on Beale Street in the 1950s, and came to prominence with the rise of urban, electric blues and the R&B market. With an extremely successful recording and touring career, he has earned many honors, including recognition in being inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1981, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.
As a long-time Nashville resident, Patchett brings global renown to Tennessee through her work as a novelist and essayist. She is the only Tennessee writer ever to win Great Britain’s Orange Prize, long acknowledged as one of the most important in the world. She has also won the Kafka Prize, the PEN/Faulkner Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her books have been translated into 30 languages, and at least two of her books have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list. Her bestselling and critically-acclaimed novels include The Magician’s Assistant, Bel Canto, Run, and State of Wonder.
Under the visionary leadership of Jim Sherraden, Hatch Show Print has been transformed into a world-renowned force in contemporary art and handmade design. Today, the names Hatch and Sherraden are synonymous in the art and design communities, driving the company to become an in-demand design firm, and not just an historical attraction. Since 1879, the Nashville letterpress company has been using a hands-on process, and has produced work for Elvis, Johnny Cash, B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Pearl Jam, and Coldplay.
As a division of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Hatch continues to heighten its national and international recognition. Sherraden has collaborated with his colleagues on several projects. With Elek Horvath and Paul Kingsbury, he wrote Hatch Show Print: The History of a Great American Poster Shop, published by Chronicle Books in 2001. Lavishly illustrated with Hatch posters, the book won two prestigious Communication Arts awards, as well as an American Institute of Graphic Arts Certificate of Excellence. Sherraden also creates one-of-a-kind monoprints.