Norris Welcomes The New Ballet School of Memphis for Arts Advocacy Day on the Hill Festival

April 15, 2009

Norris Welcomes The New Ballet School of Memphis for
Arts Advocacy Day on the Hill Festival

            Nashville, TN — The New Ballet School and Ensemble were asked to perform at the Arts Festival on top of Legislative Plaza, as part of the Arts Advocacy Day on the Hill.  They were greeted and introduced by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville.  They were one of fifteen performances joined by an array of craft artists from around the state to create the first ever event that attracted several hundred attendees.

“It was a great honor to be asked to present the New Ballet School to my colleagues and the Capitol community,” said Norris, a member of the General Assembly Arts Caucus.  “Their performance was magnificent, and represented Shelby County so well.  They added a lot to Arts Advocacy Day.”

The day included performers from Maryville to Memphis, and everywhere in between.  Organizations represented included:  The Rose Center, Appalachian Ballet Company, Chattanooga Ballet, Tennessee Women’s Theater Project, Tango Nashville, The Nashville Symphony, Old Time String Band Association, Global Education Center, Nashville Opera, Jackson Plectral Society, the New Ballet Ensemble and School, and The Country Music Hall of Fame, Oak Grove Elementary in Cleveland, TN and Dickson Elementary School.  Stacey Padilla, winner of the Poetry Out Loud contest also performed.

Craft artists included a wood turner, chair maker, potter, jewelers, clay sculpturers, painters, and a basket weaver.  Several interactive activities were demonstrated such as producing artist trading cards, free form silver casting with participants pouring the silver, and print making.

“In the past, Arts Advocacy Day consisted only of visits to legislators and a membership meeting with a performer or two,” said Molly Pratt, legislative consultant for Tennesseans for the Arts.  “This year, instead of just telling legislators how vital the arts are and what a difference they make in our lives and our communities, we showed them.”

The event was free and open to the public.  For more information on Tennesseans for the Arts, go to

Norris and the students of the New Ballet School of Memphis
who performed on
Capitol Hill during Arts Advocacy Day.

About Tennesseans for the Arts:
Tennesseans for the Arts is Tennessee’s leading advocacy organization for the arts. TFTA presents a strong, statewide unified voice in support of artists, arts educators, arts
organizations and friends and supporters of the arts. TFTA speaks for the arts whenever there is need and supports local arts communities in communicating their message of the importance of the arts.  Tennesseans for the Arts members understand the power of collective action and the importance of communicating how vital the arts are in changing lives.

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