Celebration of the Arts

April 14–17, 2011

Celebration of the Arts happens rain or shine

Volunteer State Community College is holding a new event in April for the entire community. The Celebration of the Arts weekend features many events, including a bluegrass jam, arts exhibitions and demonstrations, dance, storytelling and a grand finale concert by a hometown star, Kimberley Locke.

“It’s a four-day fun-filled family festival of music, art and performance,” said Vol State Associate Professor James Story, who is organizing the event with Virginia Thigpen and the Gallatin Arts Council.

Thursday & Friday

The celebration kicks off on Thursday, April 14 with a free bluegrass jam and question and answer session starting at 7 pm in Caudill Hall. Friday begins with a Pecha Kucha contest in the Wood Campus Center at noon. The presentation style allows only 20 images to tell a story. A screening of national student films will be held starting at 3:30 pm in Caudill Hall. The night caps off with the popular Movies by Starlight, a free double feature shown outside on the Thigpen Library lawn starting at 7:30 pm “Tron Legacy” and “The Green Hornet” will be shown and families are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs.


Saturday events happen rain or shine! We have moved some activities inside because of the expected weather.

There will be a full day of activities on Saturday, April 16 starting at 10 am with a free Easter Egg Huntinside the Pickel Field House due to weather. All kids and parents are invited to attend. The day continues with outdoor arts demonstrations and kids arts projectsDancers from Center Stage, Jump for Joy, Main Stage and the Hispano America Dance Group will show off their talents in Caudill Hall. A variety of jazz, rock and bluegrass bands will perform inside Pickel Field House throughout the day. A variety of food vendors will be on hand. The busy Saturday leads up to the Vol State Music Department Spring Showcase concert and CD release in the auditorium in Caudill Hall at 7p.m. There is a $5 suggested donation to student scholarships for that event. All of the activities during the day are free.


Sunday, April 17 brings the 15th annual Shalom Zone Scholarship benefit concert to the Vol State Caudill Hall stage for a show featuring many artists and groups starting at 3 pm. A bluegrass gospel concert will continue at 5 pm. The finale for the entire celebration will be Sunday night at 8 pm as American Idol finalist, recording artist and former Gallatin resident Kimberley Locke takes to the stage.

“We’ve been trying to have Kimberley play here for some time now,“ said Story. “It will be the first time she’s done a concert in Gallatin since American Idol. It’s an opportunity for friends, fans and high school classmates to hear her with her band.“

Tickets for the Kimberley Locke concert are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and $40 for VIP seating, which includes a post-concert reception with the artist. They go on sale starting on March 28 at the Vol State Business Office in the Ramer Building Room 181 or by phone with credit card at (615) 230 - 3585. For more information on Kimberley Locke visit her facebook page.

For more information about the Celebration of the Arts call (615) 230 - 3201.