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Program areas at TPAC
Tpac entered into an agreement with the state of Tennessee & the Tennessee Performing Arts foundation in 1978. The initial agreement established tpac principally for the purpose of presenting quality Arts entertainment & education to Tennessee residents through the operation of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. Tpac has administrative control over the operations and functions of the four theaters located in two buildings in downtown nashville. In addition to its role with the state of Tennessee, tpac operates several program initiatives including six Arts education programs, public offerings such as a broadway series, concerts, comedy shows, etc. Additionally, tpac rents its facilities to three Performing Arts resident companies - the nashville opera association, nashville ballet, and the nashville repertory theatre, all three of which are non-profit organizations. Tpac also rents its facilities to outside promoters for events in which the promoters are at risk, and to the state of Tennessee (with rent waived) for state events. To support public programming, tpac operates its own ticketing services. Tpac supports its mission of providing Arts, culture and education for the community by fundraising from individuals, corporations, government and foundations.
Disney musicals in schools (dmis) develops a culture of musical theatre performance in metro nashville elementary schools. The program introduces the collaborative art of musical theatre; strengthens Arts programming; develops partnerships among students, faculty, staff and the greater nashville community. Participating schools receive (at no cost) a performance license to any disney kids musical, showkit materials, including directors guides, student scripts, accompaniment and vocal cds and a choreography dvd, cross-curricular activities; and in-school support from teams of two tpac teaching artists for 15 weeks. In 2019-20, 1,900 students and 208 educators from 39 schools in bedford, coffee, cumberland, and davidson counties took part in the dmis program.
During the 2020 fiscal year, the hot (humanities outreach in Tennessee) season for young people presented 57 (69 during 2019) professional performances of theater, dance and music for student audiences. Subsidized tickets, travel grants and classroom materials were provided to ensure that each student could have access to diverse cultural and educational programs. Hot also provided in-school student workshops, audience discussions, and workshops for teachers which addressed the educational content of each performance. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 32,549 students and teachers from 434 school groups attended hot season for young people performances (34,458 students and teachers from 285 school groups during the 2018-2019 academic year).