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Watkins Community Education

Successful artists focused on your professional and personal development

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Jackie Tingle
Director of Community Education
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Watkins Community Education programs are taught by practicing artists—leaders in the creative community who have expert knowledge of artistic processes as well as of the broader art world environment. We offer courses, workshops, and camps for artists of all ages and skills that encourage creative thinking through both foundational art instruction as well as curriculum in specific visual arts media.

Watkins Community Education doesn't just provide programs that enhance our cultural vitality here in Nashville; we also an advocate for the arts to make sure that our creative community has a seat at the table when civic decisions are made. Join us in advocating for the arts across our state! Here are ways you can help out:

5 Ways to Advocate for the Arts
  • Speak to your local community groups, like PTAs, school boards, church groups, and service or social clubs about how the arts are changing lives.
  • Write your legislator about issues affecting the arts.
  • Invite people to participate in local arts events.
  • Join arts advocacy groups like Americans for the Arts, Tennesseans for the Arts, or the Nashville Arts Coalition.
  • Buy a specialty license plate! That's right specialty arts advocacy plates help fund the arts in our state! 

Have a question? We have answers.

Below are easy-to-find answers to some frequently asked questions about our Community Education policies. 

  • How do I register?
  • Is there a registration deadline? How late can I register?
  • Is there a waiting list for classes that are full?
  • What forms of payment do you accept?
  • Can I make a deposit and pay the rest later?
  • Can a class be canceled due to a lack of students?
  • What is your cancellation/refund policy?
  • What if I have to miss a class? Can the tuition be prorated?
  • What is proper attire for a Community Education class?
  • Can I contact my instructor?