Tennessee Association of Craft Artists (Tennessee Craft)
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2423 Eugenia Ave
Nashville, TN 37211
Organization Details

Board Chair

Board Chair Ms. Linda Nutt
Company Affiliation Retired Ph.D. Social Work & Special Education
Term January 2019 to December 2022

Board of Directors

Board Members
Name Affiliation Status
Ms. Sally Bebawy Vanderbilt Univ. Med. Ctr., Research coordinator Voting
Roberta Bell Artist: Mixed Media Voting
Ms. Pat Chaffee Retired Fedex; Craft artist, Jeweler Voting
Ms. Synthia Clark Artist: Photography Voting
Ms. Audry Deal-McEver Arts Educator, Clay Artist Voting
Mr. Reneau Dubberley Retired engineer, Craft artist, wood turning Voting
Maggie Fansher Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Cynthia Gadsden Professor, Tennessee State University Voting
Mr. Shaun Giles Community Engagement Director, Frist Art Museum Voting
Ms. Candace Gooch-Ward Arts Administrator, Union University, Clay Artist Voting
Ms. Jessica Hagar Artist: Fiber/Textiles Voting
Ms. Kelly Hider Arts Educator, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts Voting
Mr. Wansoo Kim Arts Educator, Austin Peay State University Voting
Mr. Vincent Lillegard Associate Attorney, Bass, Berry & Sims Voting
Ms. JoEl LoGiudice Retired Arts Administrator, Fiber/Textile Artist Voting
Ms. Pat Moody Retired small business owner; Craft artist, Metal sculptor Voting
Mrs. Linda Nutt Retired Ph.D. Social Work, Craft collector Voting
Ms. Wisty Pender State Director, TN Dept of Economic and Community Development Voting
Christi Teasley Independent Arts Educator; Artist: Fiber/Textile Voting
Paige Ward Faculty, Union University - Ceramics and Sculpture Voting
Ms. Cara Young High school art teacher; Craft artist, fiber Voting


Board Term Lengths 2.00 years
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 99%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4

Standing Committees

Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Special Events

Risk Management Provisions

Commercial General Liability
Directors and Officers Policy
General Property Coverage
Special Event Liability
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

As revealed in Tennessee Craft's strategic plan, one current goal is to develop a more diversified board and stronger committee structure that will sustain the organization's ability to meet its mission, with emphasis on fundraising and connecting to the community. The Community Engagement Committee has laid the groundwork for ongoing relationship building with other nonprofits focused on specific cultures, including those serving immigrants and refugees and any segment who are currently under-represented in our member population. Many of our initial contacts have resulted in participation by their group offering a craft activity in the Kids' Tent that children can make and take home, fitting into our fair's current structure. The goal is to find interested craft artists who may want to benefit from demonstrating at our fairs or otherwise participating in our events and activities. Free memberships have been earmarked to facilitate these beginning steps. An advisory council has been formed of individuals who care about our mission and will make themselves available to offer advice, open doors and speak knowledgeably about Tennessee Craft to others in the community.