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Vol State Holds New Four-Day Celebration of the Arts Festival

Submitted on March 28, 2011 at 9:34 AM

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. A grant from the Community Foundation and the Tennessee Arts Commission is supporting the event.

The celebration kicks off on Thursday, April 14 with a free bluegrass jam and question and answer session starting at 7 p.m. 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 p.m. in Caudill Hall. The night caps off with the popular "Movies by Starlight", a free double feature shown inside Pickel Field House due to the weather, starting at 7:30 p.m. "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 Hunt inside 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 projects. Dancers 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 3p.m. A bluegrass gospel concert will continue at 5 p.m. The finale for the entire celebration will be Sunday night at 8 p.m. 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 at: www.facebook.com/kimberleylocke

Detailed Schedule:

Celebration of the Arts

April 14-17, 2011

Thursday, April 14

  • Bluegrass jam, including Q&A with the artists at the auditorium in Caudill Hall 7:00-9:00 p.m. Free.

Friday, April 15

  • Pecha Kucha presentation contest - Carpeted Dining Room, Wood Campus Center Noon. Free.

  • National student films screening 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the auditorium in Caudill Hall. Free.

  • "Movies by Starlight"- movies inside Pickel Field House, featuring "Tron Legacy" and "The Green Hornet" starting at 7:30 p.m. Free.

Saturday, April 16

  • Easter Egg Hunt- Pickel Field House at 10 a.m.Free.

  • Arts demonstrations, exhibitions, music and kids activities starting at 10 a.m. and running throughout the day. Many in the Pickel Field House due to the expected weather. Some may be moved outside if conditions improve. All are free.

  • Vol State Recording Studio tour in Ramer 167

  • Kids art projects on the Library Lawn or Pickel

  • Student art show opens at 2:00 p.m. in the Thigpen Library Gallery

  • Local dance organizations, including Center Stage, Jump for Joy, Main Stage and the Hispano America Dance Group perform at the auditorium in Caudill Hall

  • Vol State children's theater production including songs from" Man of La Mancha" in Pickel Field House Room 130

  • Storytelling in Pickel Field House Room 130

  • Bands, including bluegrass, jazz and rock groups, play on two stages on the Library Lawn from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • The Vol State Music Department Spring Showcase concert and CD release 7:00 p.m. at the auditorium in Caudill Hall. $5 suggested donation at the door.

Sunday, April 17:

  • 15th annual Shalom Zone student scholarship benefit concert- 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the auditorium in Caudill Hall

  • Bluegrass gospel concert - 5:00-6:00 p.m. at the auditorium in Caudill Hall. Suggested donation to benefit student scholarships.

  • Kimberley Locke in concert- 8:00 p.m. at the auditorium in Caudill Hall

  • Ticket prices for The Kimberly Locke concert

    • $15 in advance

    • $20 at the door

    • $40 VIP ticket for post concert reception and question and answer with Ms. Locke

Kimberley Locke tickets go on sale March 28 in the Vol State Business Office in the Ramer Building Room 181 and by phone at 615-230-3585.

Made possible in part by a grant from The Community Foundation and the Tennessee Arts Commission, with support from the Gallatin Arts Council.

For more information about the Celebration of the Arts visit www.volstate.edu/Celebration or call 615-230-3201.

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