Eighth annual Festival of Cultures at Pellissippi State celebrates diversity

graphic with dragon that says culture and diversityFood, music and festivities will fill the evening as Pellissippi State Community College celebrates diversity at its eighth annual Festival of Cultures Friday, April 10.

The event is 4-8:30 p.m. in the College Center on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The Festival of Cultures is free to attend. The community is invited.

“Each year, the Festival of Cultures promotes a wide array of cultural experiences,” said Gayle Wood, director of Access and Diversity, the office that plans the event. “We hope each event encourages our students, faculty and staff members, and the community at large to look at the world from a new cultural perspective.”

At the Festival of Cultures, attendees will receive a Festival Passport booklet. As they browse cultural booths and exhibits, they’ll receive stickers representing various countries to place in their passports.

The event features performances by the Carib Sounds Steel Band, Caribbean Dancers of Atlanta, Chinese Dancers of Atlanta and Hardin Valley Thunder, Pellissippi State’s student bluegrass ensemble.

Additionally, the Festival of Cultures offers children’s activities such as balloon art, glitter tattoos and face painting, a magic show, exhibits from Pellissippi State’s own international students, and international food.

Festival of Cultures is one of the events that make up the college’s arts and culture series, The Arts at Pellissippi State. The series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts. This year, the arts series commemorates Pellissippi State’s 40th anniversary.

For more information on the festival and other arts series events, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State’s bluegrass, jazz bands perform March 26

Pellissippi State Community College’s bluegrass and jazz ensembles put on a musical performance on the Hardin Valley Campus Thursday, March 26.

The Jazz and Bluegrass Concert begins at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center. The Hardin Valley Campus is located at 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

The performance features students in the bluegrass ensemble, known as Hardin Valley Thunder, and the jazz ensemble. The event is free and the community is invited.

Hardin Valley Thunder will sing classic and contemporary bluegrass tunes, including songs by Brad Paisley, Alison Krauss, The Civil Wars, and Bill Monroe. The bluegrass ensemble was formed in 2009 and is led by Larry Vincent, associate professor of Music.

The jazz band will perform a selection of classic tunes from the 1950s and 1960s, including numbers penned by jazz greats Horace Silver, Jimmy Heath, Nat Adderley and Miles Davis. Among these is the jazz waltz “All Blues,” a song from Davis’ best-selling 1959 recording “Kind of Blue.”

The jazz band has been directed by Tom Johnson since 1994. Johnson also teaches saxophone, clarinet and contemporary piano styles at Pellissippi State.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Student artwork on display at Pellissippi State juried exhibit

Pellissippi State Community College features its students’ best artwork at the Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit, March 30-April 17.

The exhibit is free and the community is invited. The art exhibit takes place in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The event kicks off with an opening reception 3-5 p.m. Monday, March 30. Attendees will have the chance to meet student artists. Awards will be presented to students at 4 p.m.

“The exhibit will showcase an array of exceptional two- and three-dimensional work, including paintings, drawings, and watercolors, as well as pottery, sculpture, and more from Pellissippi’s talented students,” said Jeffrey Lockett, Art professor and program coordinator.

“Again this year, the exhibit will be a showcase from which several student art pieces will be selected as award winners,” he said. The grand prize winner takes home a $500 purchase award funded through Student Life, and the winning artwork joins Pellissippi State’s permanent student art collection.

Runners-up receive gift certificates donated by Jerry’s Artarama. The exhibit is juried by Pellissippi State’s Art faculty. 

The Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit is one of the events that make up Pellissippi State’s arts series, The Arts at Pellissippi State. The series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts. This year, the series commemorates Pellissippi State’s 40th anniversary.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Liberty, freedom of speech topics of ‘Je suis Charlie’ lecture at Pellissippi State

Portrait of a female with glasses and hallway behind her

“Je suis Charlie” was the slogan that emerged in response to the attack on the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo in early January. The French phrase translates as “I am Charlie,” and it came to stand for liberty, human rights, and freedom of speech.

“Je suis Charlie” is the topic of a faculty lecture at Pellissippi State Community College on Thursday, March 19. The event takes place on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, beginning at 10:45 a.m. It is free and open to the community.

“I was in Paris three days after the peaceful march in response to the attack at Charlie Hebdo,” said Saralee Peccolo-Taylor, who is presenting the lecture. “The presentation will include my personal testimony from being in Paris at that time, as well as photos from Paris and interviews with French citizens.”

The lecture not only covers the attack but also includes a discussion of the history of liberty and of human rights in France and an homage to the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists and journalists who were killed.

“I really want attendees to think about the nature of liberty, the nature of freedom of speech and the importance of peaceful responses to attacks on liberty,” Peccolo-Taylor said.

Peccolo-Taylor has taught at local high schools and colleges for 40 years. She has taught French as an adjunct faculty member at Pellissippi State for four years. A first-generation American citizen, Peccolo-Taylor is passionate about travel and also works as a consultant for the American Council for International Studies. During her tenure as an educator, she has led students on 35 study abroad trips.

“Je suis Charlie” is a presentation of the college’s Faculty Lecture Series. The lecture series is part of the collection of events that make up Pellissippi State’s arts series, The Arts at Pellissippi State. The series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts. This year, the arts series commemorates Pellissippi State’s 40th anniversary.

For more information about the college and The Arts at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

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