Tennessee Performing Arts Center will present a free, virtual 40th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 20 as a thank you for more than four decades of generous community support for its nonprofit mission.
Produced by director Matt Logan and filmed at TPAC, the celebration is hosted by actress Tamiko Robinson Steele and features performances from Nashville Ballet, the Nashville Opera and the Nashville Repertory Theatre, plus special guest appearances by Tony Award-nominee Susan Egan, actress/recording artist Diana DeGarmo, Spotlight Award-winner Hatty King, and more. The virtual benefit also includes a special anniversary message from Florida Georgia Line.
Though the 40th Anniversary Celebration is free to view, TPAC supporters can pre-purchase at-home gourmet dinner and appetizer packages from Juniper Green with proceeds going to TPAC’s Forward! Recovery Fund, created during the extended shutdown to help TPAC recover from this unprecedented period and continue to offer the best performing arts, education and community engagement programs to Middle Tennessee in the years ahead.
“The role of a performing arts center in its community has changed dramatically over the last 40 years. In that time, TPAC has grown from a touring roadhouse to a cultural catalyst, from a conventional campus to a leader in arts education for students and teachers across the state,” said Jennifer Turner, TPAC President and CEO. “As we celebrate 40 years of rich arts experiences with our invaluable resident companies and special guests, we also prepare to chart a new course for the years ahead; one guided by renewed commitments to purposeful programming, support for local arts organizations, robust community engagement, expansive arts education opportunities and using the arts’ unique power to bring people together in a more fair and equitable society.”
Over 40 years, TPAC has welcomed more than 14 million audience members and served more than 1.8 million children and adults with performances at TPAC, teacher resources, professional development opportunities, classroom residencies and enrichment programs.
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