Center for the Creative Arts
The primary focus of the Austin Peay State University Center for
the Creative Arts is to provide a substantive and well-rounded
education by engaging faculty, students, guest artists and members
of the community in art, creative writing, music and theater, The
Center for the Creative Arts has a twofold mission:
|The Center for the Creative Arts at
Austin Peay State University (APSU) in Clarksville, established to
promote the creative arts in Tennessee, reflects the lively
interest in the arts in the community, state and region. The center
builds on the University's distinctive music, creative writing, art
and theater traditions by promoting a variety of more than 100
musical productions, recitals, concerts, theater performances,
poetry readings and art exhibitions annually.
The center builds upon the existing creative arts faculty and commissions artists with regional, national and international reputations to create works of art to be presented by center faculty, students and visiting artists. These works and works of historical value are presented in traditional and expanded environments. In conjunction with the Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence, regionally, nationally and internationally recognized authors, musicians, artists, actors and teachers are brought to the center as artists-in-residence.
Center-sponsored curricular activities include classes, lectures, workshops, seminars, master classes, symposia and public school outreach focusing on various arts disciplines and the interdisciplinary nature of the arts. This includes faculty research in the creative arts, with research being defined as scholarly and creative achievement. The center also funds undergraduate scholarships and graduate assistantships for students in the creative arts.
Notable achievements include the center-produced literary magazine, Zone 3, one of the leading poetry journals in the country. Zone 3 sponsors an annual poetry competition which has drawn over 2,000 entries annually, some from around the world. Final judges for the competition have included premier American poets such as Marine Kumin, Howard Nemerov and Carolyn Kizer.
This European style, 600- Seat concert hall and theater, located in the center's $9.4 million music and mass communication building, greatly enhances the aesthetic and acoustic quality of performances.
|A major achievement of the center was completion of its music/mass communication building. In addition to the concert hall shown on the previous page, the building houses the center, the Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence and other music and communication programs. The Trahern Fine Arts Building houses a smaller theater and two art galleries. The Larson Drawing Collection is housed in the newly restored historic Harned Hall.|
|The Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence in
the Creative Arts has allowed students and the community to share
the expertise of regionally, nationally and internationally
acclaimed artists in a dynamic atmosphere of unrestricted
experimentation. One-year recipients of the chair have worked
individually with students and faculty, and with the community
through lectures, seminars, concerts, musicals and exhibits. In a
Quiet Voice, a coffee table-type book of photography and writing of
students, faculty and guests who worked with Ted Orland when he was
the chair, was published in 1989. The book focused on the Tennessee
Valley Authority's Land Between the Lakes.
Honored recipients of the Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence have included playwright Arthur Kopit, writer David Madden, photographer Ted Orland, composer Ron J, Nelson, Columbia University emeritus professor of theater Howard Stein, poet and essayist John Haines, visual artist Jim Nutt and music educator Timothy Gerber.
|The center, continually supportive of
teacher development and arts education, works with the Tennessee
Arts Commission and the Tennessee Department of Education in
coordinating and sponsoring workshops in the arts for professional
In 1995 the center, in partnership with Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools, was selected as one of 14 teams nationwide to attend the Performing Arts Centers and Schools: Partners in Education institute at the Kennedy Center, Washington, D,C., where partnership teams explored methods for planning, implementing and administering programs to develop teachers' knowledge of the arts and empower them to use the arts in their classrooms.
A jointly sponsored Artists in the Schools Program with the APSU Department of Art sends local artists into Clarksville/Montgomery County Schools at all grade levels on a rotating basis each year to further expose children to the visual arts while providing professional development for classroom teachers. The center also co-sponsors A Fine Arts Field Trip with the Mid-Cumberland Arts League, which brings approximately 1,500 area fourth graders to campus annually for a day of arts enrichment.
|Community education and outreach are
central to the center's mission. Programs and performances produced
or presented by the center are open to the public, and many contain
audience education components. Additionally, the center cooperates
with community organizations to promote the arts, sustains outreach
programs to public schools and surrounding rural communities, and
supports the National Standards for Arts Education.