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State arts commission to tour ISC

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Arts Commission will hold its next quarterly meeting in Johnson City at the Carnegie Hotel later this month.
In addition to taking part in their meeting, members have planned to tour several art-related locations in the region, including the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough.
The meeting will be held Wednesday, Sept. 19.
The commission traditionally holds at least one meeting a year outside of Nashville, allowing the state’s arts agency to become more aware of the creative assets across the state.
Commission members from Johnson City include Ann Smith and Ed Gerace, who have worked together in planning the agenda for the agency’s visit.
“We are so excited to welcome the Tennessee Arts Commission to Northeast Tennessee,” says Smith.
“While here for the quarterly meeting, we also want to encourage our special guests to explore and discover all the rich cultural amenities our region has to offer.”
Gerace shares Smith’s enthusiasm about the commission coming to the Tri-Cities.
“It’s an honor for our region to host the commission, and we’re all looking forward to a successful and productive meeting,” said Gerace.
“It’s also an opportunity to spotlight the traditional arts and cultural heritage that exists in this historic part of our state.”
In addition to the quarterly meeting, members of the agency will tour the Birthplace of Country Music Cultural Heritage Center and the Paramount Center for the Arts, both in Bristol.