2015 Clarksville Writers Conference

Thursday, April 2, 2015 Comments Off on 2015 Clarksville Writers Conference

The Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council, in partnership with Austin Peay State University and the Tennessee Arts Commission, is pleased to announce the Eleventh Annual Clarksville Writers Conference, being held June 4 and 5, 2015, on the campus of Austin Peay State University.

We are very honored to have as this year’s keynote speaker SHARYN McCRUMB, award-winning Southern writer best known for her Appalachian “Ballad” novels, including the New York Times bestsellers The Ballad of Tom Dooley and She Walks These Hills, and the forthcoming Prayers the Devil Answers. McCrumb will speak at Thursday evening’s banquet at Club Level of Austin Peay State University’s newly renovated Governors Stadium, featuring a gorgeous view of this historic campus.

The conference banquet will be encompassed by two days of interesting presentations and valuable workshops on Thursday and Friday, June 4 and 5, on the campus of Austin Peay State University. Authors scheduled to speak include:

* E.W. BROOKS, author of the breakout series Mafietta and owner of publishing company E.W. Brooks Books;

* NICK ALLEN BROWN, fiction writer and author of novels Field of Dead Horses and The Astronaut from Bear Creek;

* STEVEN COX, editor of Once I Too Had Wings, a selection of personal journal entries by early 20th century Appalachian writer and artist, Emma Bell Miles;

* ROD DAVIS, award-winning novelist and author of South, America, Corina’s Way and American Voudou: Journey into a Hidden World;

* AMY GREENE, author of New York Times bestselling novel Bloodroot and the critically acclaimed follow-up Long Man;

* STUART HORWITZ, founder and principal of New England-based independent editing firm Book Architecture and author of Blueprint Your Bestseller and Book Architecture;

* ELLEN KANERVO, conference chair and project leader of C is for Clarksville on the Cumberland, an art and alphabet book about the city;

* BARRY KITTERMAN, fiction editor of Zone 3 Magazine and author of novel The Baker’s Boy and short story collection From the San Joaquin;

* BOB MAYER, author of science fiction series Atlantis and Area 51 and thrillers The Green Beret Series and The Presidential Series and founder of publishing company Cool Gus;

* CAROL PONDER & ROBERT KIEFER, award-winning theatre and music professionals whose My Father’s War: A Story of War, Survival and Grace combines memoir, music and spoken word into a reader’s theatre performance;

* MARGARET PRIM, executive director of the Pennyroyal Arts Council and project leader of H is for Hopkinsville, an art and alphabet book about the city;

* KAREN SKOLFIELD, poet and author of Frost in the Low Areas, winner of the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry and the First Book Award from Zone 3 Press;

* ELEANOR WILLIAMS, Montgomery County Historian and author of local history books Homes and Happenings, Cabins to Castles and Worship along the Warioto.

In addition to the scheduled presentations and workshops, free manuscript consultations with KEN SHERMAN, literary agent with Los Angeles-based Ken Sherman & Associates, are available to conference participants:

A complete package including all conference activities is offered, as well as a la carte options. Discounted rates are available for early registration, which is postmarked on or before May 21, 2015. (Late registration is postmarked between May 22 and May 28, 2015.) Visit the conference website at www.artsandheritage.us/writers for author bios, the conference schedule, registration information and more.

The 2015 Clarksville Writers Conference is made possible in part through the generous support of the Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council, Austin Peay State University, Tennessee Arts Commission, City of Clarksville, Gannett Foundation / The Leaf-Chronicle, Dr. Howard & Patricia Winn, APSU Office of Academic Affairs, Middle Tennessee Tourism Council, Fort Campbell Officers’ Spouses’ Club, and the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center. Additional sponsors include Dave and Jennie Beth Johnston, Dee Boaz, Ned and Jacqueline Crouch, Joan and Durward Harris, Rafael Prieto and Jacquelyn Branham, Jim and Dottie Mann, and Sue Culverhouse. The conference was developed in 2005 by Patricia Winn.

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Organizations Invited to Apply for Arts Build Communities (ABC) Grant Funds

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 Comments Off on Organizations Invited to Apply for Arts Build Communities (ABC) Grant Funds


The Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council invites organizations seeking funding for artistic and cultural projects that benefit the community to apply for an Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant.

Arts Build Communities (ABC) is a program funded by the Tennessee Arts Commission and administered by the Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council (AHDC) in cooperation with the Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC).  ABC grants offer financial support for arts projects in all disciplines such as dance, music, opera/musical theatre, theatre, visual arts, design arts, crafts, photography, media arts, literature, interdisciplinary and folk arts.  Providing support for arts and cultural projects that positively impact communities across Tennessee, the grants are designed to help effect positive change in communities through the arts. Funding can be used for arts and cultural projects which address social issues; strengthen community engagement; target youth for after-school initiatives; enhance a community’s identity or brand; add value to tourism efforts; and encourage further economic development.

A free grant workshop and information session for interested applicants will be held at the Customs House Museum (200 S Second Street) in Clarksville on Tuesday, April 28, from 4:00pm to 5:00pm.  While attendance at the workshop is not mandatory, first-time applicants are strongly encouraged to attend.

Funds awarded to a single organization in this grant category range from $500 to $2,000.  Eligible organizations in the counties of Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Robertson and Stewart can apply for these grant funds.  In order to be eligible, applicants must be state-recognized, 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations or government entities (including public schools and libraries) and must be able to provide a dollar-for-dollar match toward the single proposed project.  In addition, the proposed project must occur between August 16, 2015, and June 15, 2016.  Any organization currently receiving Major Cultural Institution, Cultural Education Partnership, or Partnership Support funding for FY2016 is not eligible to apply.

Applications must be submitted online through the Tennessee Arts Commission’s eGrant system by 4:30pm (CST) on July 1, 2015. Guidelines are available at http://tn.gov/arts/FY16_ABC_Guidelines.pdf, and the application can be accessed at www.tn.gov/arts. Once there, scroll over “Grants” on the left side of the home page, and click on the eGrant button to access the ABC application. Faxed, mailed, or hand delivered applications will not be accepted.

A representative from the applying organization should be present at an open panel review beginning at 10:00am on Friday, July 24, 2015, at the Customs House Museum (200 S Second Street, Clarksville) to answer questions which may arise about the application or proposed project.  Awards will then be announced in mid-August.

All events sponsored in part or entirely with ABC funds must be open to the general public.  Community involvement is an important component in the planning and implementation of ABC projects.  Since ABC awards are not restricted to arts organizations, this grant program brings the arts to a larger segment of the community through arts projects at public schools, libraries and other service organizations.

For more information, please contact Ellen Kanervo, Executive Director of the Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council, at (931)551-8870 or artsandheritage@cdelightband.net.

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6th Annual Valentine’s Afternoon with the Arts

Thursday, January 15, 2015 Comments Off on 6th Annual Valentine’s Afternoon with the Arts


Clarksvilleans can buy Valentine’s gifts from local artists, sample champagne and heart-healthy chocolates, and enjoy chamber music by local musicians at the sixth annual Valentine’s Day Afternoon with the Arts on Sunday, February 15.

The Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council and F&M Bank are hosting this event from 1:00pm until 4:00pm in F&M Bank’s Franklin Room, with its spectacular views of downtown and the Cumberland River.

Over the past six years, this event has showcased the work of over 60 talented local artists. Featured artists for this year’s Valentine’s Afternoon with the Arts include:

  • Kim Balevre, who will bring a variety of art photographs from 6″x6″ framed work to large matted and framed pieces;
  • Olen Bryant, who has been a featured artist since our beginning and who comes back to Clarksville for the event, weather permitting;
  • Leslie Campbell, who has produced a collection of found, foraged and altered art of mixed media and assemblage originals and prints for your home;
  • Melanie Waddle Dennis, who has crafted modern handmade concrete candle holders, multipurpose pots, earrings, and photo holders perfect for displaying a special collection of creatures painted just for this event;
  • Terry Ellis, whose wooden bowls and pottery show that form and function work together harmoniously;
  • Janet Felts, who will offer dreamy watercolor landscapes and strong pen and ink originals and prints;
  • Glenda, whose large and small sculptures are assembled from recycled metals;
  • Brenda Kelley, who will bring a variety of handmade jewelry;
  • Tamara Long, whose woven rugs evoke scenes from everyday life;
  • Bob Privett, who has fashioned handmade jewelry, all-purpose greeting cards and small handmade gifts;
  • Clare Coyle Taylor, whose bright colored paintings will bring a smile.

As artists are often the first to donate their works to area organizations for auctions and fundraisers, this event is AHDC’s way of recognizing their contributions to the community and giving them a chance to sell their work with no fees attached. The contribution of artists to our local economy is sometimes overlooked. Through this Valentine’s event, Arts and Heritage recognizes the economic and quality-of-life importance to Clarksville of these community members.

Tickets are $25 each, or two for $40. Reservations can be made via the below button, or by calling 931.551.8870.

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