Following a short series of virtual events to stay connected with patrons earlier this summer, In its 40th anniversary season, the nonprofit Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) is continuing the virtual fun this fall by launching an expanded Salon Series starting Sept. 1 at 7 p.m.
The TPAC Salon Series, hosted via Zoom, is a series of free evening virtual events that will feature entertaining and interactive conversations and explore the diversity of Nashville’s arts and culture community.
“We had so much fun earlier this year connecting with our donors and patrons through virtual experiences,” says Jennifer Turner, TPAC President and CEO. “People enjoyed the escape of cooking together, watching artist performances and spending time with our community partners. While we wait to reopen our theatres, this Salon Series helps maintain that connection while highlighting more of our impressive arts community.”
Featuring special community guests, Nashville artists, and interactive activities – from sipping along with a sampler from Green Brier Distillery to learning to dance the Salsa – the Salon Series will invite participants into fun conversations between September and December of 2020.
Event descriptions and registration links for the first five events are below.
The TPAC Salon Series are reservation-only events. Tickets will not be distributed. The Zoom link and password will be emailed to registrants.
Sept. 1, 2020 at 7 p.m.
Andy and Charlie Nelson of Green Brier Distillery join TPAC President and CEO Jennifer Turner to share the unknown story of how Louisa Nelson, one of the only women of her time to run a distillery, took over in 1891 and helped save the iconic beverage for almost two decades.
Sept. 22 at 7 p.m.
Thinking about the National Museum of African American Music opening this fall has us singing and dancing. TPAC’s Kristin Horsley, Tamar Smithers, Dr. Dina Bennett, Kara Duke and Mr. Lucius “Spoonman” Talley take you through the evolution of African American music and preview the new museum. NMAAM will be giving away one free membership, and the first 25 registrants will be entered for a chance to win.
Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.
Admit it. You’ve tried to Salsa. Victor Berrios, President of the Tennessee Latin American Chamber of Commerce, and special guests explore the Latin dance and teach you some impressive dance moves perfect for the club… or the kitchen (cameras optional).
Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.
You may have heard of the “Nashville Sound.” But is there a “Nashville” identity when it comes to the visual arts? Join TPAC’s Kristin Horsley; artist Omari Booker; artist Adrien Saporiti and Susan Tinney, founder and owner of Tinney Contemporary for a deep dive into what inspires Nashville’s artists, galleries and more.
Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.
Host to one of 14 Consulates-General of Japan and “sister city” to Kamakura, Japan, Nashville celebrates its rich connection to Japanese culture each April with an annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Japanese culture expert Terry Vo and Ginger Byrn, the Director of Programs and Membership Development at the Japan-America Society of Tennessee, Inc., welcome a variety of special guests to showcase Japanese arts and culture in Nashville.