Borderless Arts Tennessee
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540 West Main St #164
Gallatin, TN 37066
Organization Details

Executive Director

Executive Director Ms. Lori Kissinger
Term Start August 2001
Lori's Experience: Lori Kissinger has a BA in marketing from the University of Southern Indiana, a MLIS in Library Science from Indiana University, a MA in Communication from Indiana State University and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive. She worked for 11 years as the Director of a Regional Arts Council in Southwestern Indiana where she created a regional program that was later adopted by the State Arts Commission and created an international art exchange with Japan that was the first of its kind. She later worked for 3 years in the Communication Department at the University of Southern Indiana. Upon moving to Tennessee, she founded VSA arts Tennessee, which is now Borderless Arts Tennessee. Along with running this State organization she is also a full-time Communication Instructor at Middle Tennessee State University.


Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 50
Contractors 15
Retention Rate 100%

Plans & Policies

Does your organization have a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Does your organization have a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
When was the Strategic Plan adopted? January 2011
Does your organization have a Management Succession Plan? No
Does your organization have a Policy and Procedure Plan? No
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Does the organization have a Whistle Blower Policy?
Does the organization have a Document Destruction Policy?


Is there a formal evaluation for... Frequency (if applicable)
CEO/Executive Director Yes Annually
Senior Management No Annually
Non-Management No N/A


Affiliation Year
Tennesseans for the Arts 2002
Tennessee Arts Commission 2002


Award / Recognition Organization Year
Art In Embassies Program/Quilt/Recognized as part of American Cultural Heritage US Department of State 2015
Arts Services The Arc of Tennessee 2009
Arts Showcase The Arc of Tennessee 2010
Big Payback Twitter Contest Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee 2015
Big Payback Twitter Contest winner Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee 2014
Challenge America National Endowment for the Arts 2006
Challenge America National Endowment for the Arts 2014
Christmas Tree Ornaments National Parks 2014
Christmas Tree Ornaments for National Tree National Parks Foundation 2015
Christmas Tree Ornaments for Tennessee Residence Governor's Office 2015
Innovative Partnerships VSA International 2014
Leadership VSA arts International 2008
Nonprofit of the Year Music City Guitar Tour 2013
Outstanding Experiential Learning Scholars Program Middle Tennessee State University 2013
Professional Award Nashville Mayor's Committee on People with Disabilities 2008
Program of the Year Nashville Public Relations Society 2006
Public Awareness and Outreach VSA arts International 2006
Public Service MTSU 2007
Reader's Choice Best Nonprofit News Examiner Newspaper 2011
Selected to be featured as an organization that they would create a television show around and promotional materials. They select 6 nonprofits a year. NECAT 2018
Selected to create the ornaments that represent TN on the national Christmas Tree National Parks 2017
Selected to represent the United States at an international forum on disabilities in Egypt by performing dance and showing costumes we had created. Alwadna International Forum 2018
Service Learning Community Partner Middle Tennessee State University 2014
Service to Mankind Sertoma 2016
Teapot Diplomacy for International 40 Days Around the World Project US Department of State 2015
TN Organization selected to create ornaments for National Christmas tree National Parks Foundation 2013
TN organization selected to create ornaments for the national Christmas tree National Parks 2016
Invited to come and speak for 2020 (this has been postponed to 2022) United Nations 2019
Governor's Arts Award in Arts Leadership Governor's Office 2021
First Dance group of all individuals with Disabilities to dance at DisneyWorld Dance the World 2022
Invited to create one of their Jerseys Nashvile Sounds 2022
Score and Win Program Dex Imaging 2022