TAA Foundation

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The Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation is a 501 C-3 non-profit organization established to aid and assist in the growth and expansion of the Tennessee Arts Academy and Arts Academy America. The TAAF Board of Directors shares in the belief that educators trained at the Tennessee Arts Academy are better equipped and motivated to serve their students, significantly raise achievement levels, and effect positive and lasting change in classrooms throughout the state. 

The Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation Board of Directors meets regularly to plan and implement programs designed to financially support the activities of the Academy. The board participates in numerous fund-raising endeavors and accepts both individual and corporate contributions. For further information about the Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation, call 615-460-5451 or e-mail questions or comments to taa@belmont.edu.

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Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation
Board of Directors

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Stephen Coleman

Joey Beckford
Chuck Blackburn
Cavit Cheshier, Ed.D
Rena C. Ellzy, Ed.D
Ruby Fenton
Solie Fott, Ph.D
Bobby Jean Frost
Charlsie Hand

Brandon Herrenbruck

James R. Holcomb
Jean Litterer, Ph.D
Flowerree W. McDonough
Diana K. Poe
Sara Savell
Bill Shinn
Patricia Smith
Thane Smith

J. Tabor Stamper

Hope Stringer
Bennett Tarleton
Jeanette Watkins
William H. Watkins, Jr., CPA
Talmage Watts

Honorary Board of Directors
Stephanie J. Block
Christine Brewer
Chris Brubeck
George S. Clinton
Jason Danieley
Joe DiPietro
Audrey Flack
Giancarlo Guerrero

Rupert Holmes

Cherry Jones
Aaron Lazar
David Leong
Andrew Lippa

Rebecca Luker

Richard Maltby, Jr.
Dean Pitchford
Jay Russell
Odessa Settles
Doc Severinsen
Richard Sherman
Linda Solomon
Steve Spiegel
Susan Stauter
Michael Stern
Charles Strouse
Jourdan Urbach
Jane Walters

TAAF Advisory Council

Kem Hinton, FAIA
Dan Lawson, Ph.D

Board Emeritus

Tommie Pardue

Executive Director

E. Frank Bluestein

Tax deductible gifts may be sent to:

Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation
C/O Belmont University
1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, Tennessee 37212

615-460-5451 • taa@belmont.edu • 615-460-6057 (Fax)

For complete financial information regarding the Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation, please visit the TAAF Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee Giving Matters page at:




Once on the site, click on the Financials link at the top of the page to access the latest TAAF budget, IRS Form 990, IRS Letter of Exemption, State Charitable Solicitation Permit verification, audit, and other financial information.