This is what Borderless Arts is all about

music classBorderless Arts Tennessee, formerly VSA Tennessee, established in 2001, is part of an important history of equality and opportunity in the arts. In partnership with and in support of artists, parents/guardians and educators, we work to ensure there are resources, tools and opportunities for arts programming in schools and communities statewide. From music and theater to visual arts and dance, we strive to open the wide-ranging world of the arts to Tennessee.

Whether the art you love comes on a canvas, in a script, through a melody or on the stage, we have opportunities throughout the year. Stay in touch by signing up for our weekly online newsletter or check out through Facebook and Twitter. We want to hear from you, experience your artistic talents and share in your dreams and ideas. Make the connection today!

If you’re a parent/guardian or teacher of a talented student who also happens to have unique challenges, then you’re well aware of the importance of arts education and performance opportunities. The arts can be a phenomenal teaching tool—sparking confidence, understanding and interpersonal skills while enhancing academic knowledge. Connect with us to expand students’ horizons and broaden their learning. We’ll work together to keep arts at the heart of the matter at school and in the community.

Consider Borderless Arts Tennessee your partner in opening the world of arts to in your life. We are your resource for educational programs, performance opportunities and arts events. Learn more about our programs and training resources.

Borderless Arts Tennessee Board

Executive Director

Lori Kissinger



Mike Mitchell
Sr Vice President of Global Planning
FedEx Express (Retired as of Sept 2017)


Irene Williams
Msg2Mkt, LLC


Marisa Frank
Music Instructor and Program Director
Nashville Classical Charter School


Mark Henry, CPA
Morgan, Johnson, Carptenter & Co



Robbie Ammons
Public Consulting Group, Inc

Ellen Butrum
Special Education Teacher
DuPont Elementary Metro Nashville

Miranda Christy
Dodson Parker, Beham & Capperella

Michael Collins
Manier & Herod, P.C.

Estelle Condra

Alicia Cumberbatch
Resources Development Coordinator,
Tennessee Disability Pathfinder
Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Mark Holcomb

Sharon Kay
General Manager
JAZZY88/Fisk University

Barbara Gunn Lartey 
Director of Community Engagement
Metro Human Relations Commission

DeeGee Lester
Director of Education
Nashville Parthenon

Eric Manchir
Regional Sales Director

Alanna P Rosen  
Special Education Art Teacher

Mike Ryckeley
Keller Williams Realty, Affiliate Broker

Alicia Stewart
Education Consultant
Public Consulting Group, Inc

Lori Ward  
Tennessee Performing Arts Center
Senior Education Writer

Cynthia Watkins, PhD
Professor Special Education
Belmont University

Claudia G. Weber  M.Ed.
TEIS Infant-Toddler Consultant
Tennessee Department of Education

Barbara Gunn Lartey 
Director of Community Engagement
Metro Human Relations Commission

Funding to design this site provided through a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.

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