Clayton Center looking for resident artist organizations

The Clayton Center for the Arts is extending an invitation to area arts organizations to join it in a residency partnership.

Executive director Robert Hutchens said the Clayton Center hopes to forge a limited number of residency relationships in order to benefit both the arts organization and the Center.

“The organization is given a home base in which to present its art, and the Center is provided quality offerings with which to attract audiences and to fulfill its commitment to area artists,” he said. “We expect these to be mutually- enhancing partnerships.”

Hutchens added that the state-of-the-art features offered by the Center would “inspire both the artists and the audiences.”

A major performing arts facility, which is being constructed on the Maryville College campus through a partnership between Maryville College and the cities of Maryville and Alcoa, the Clayton Center for the Arts will celebrate the art and culture of the Appalachian region by serving as a venue for local musicians, performers and artists.

Its design will also accommodate plays and musicals, concerts by touring musicians and orchestras, traveling art exhibits, film series, children’s plays and presentations by nationally recognized speakers.

The facility is scheduled to open in 2010. A grand opening is planned for the spring.

Those organizations who wish to enter into such a partnership with the Clayton Center for the Arts will find an application for residency on the Clayton Center website:

Requests for paper applications may be sent to Hutchens, Clayton Center for the Arts, 502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37804. The deadline for application is Sept. 1.

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