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A Statewide Voice For Arts Educators In Tennessee

Todd Shipley
Tennessee Department of Education
Todd Shipley

Todd Shipley is an arts educator whose canvas is the State of Tennessee.

He has served as a middle and high school band director for Metro Nashville Schools and Rutherford County Schools - and five years ago, he became the Director of Fine Arts at the Tennessee Department of Education.

He is the content lead at the state level for more than 4,500 arts educators across Tennessee - and he steers the State of the Arts Initiative, a public-private partnership to increase access to music and arts education in Tennessee schools.

I spoke with Todd about his background, his role and his work with educators - including the Arts-Based Collaborative on our campus, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga: abc@utc.


For more on the Arts-Based Collaborative here at UTC, visit utc.edu/arts-based-collaborative.