Renaissance Center celebrates 7th anniversary with open house Aug. 5

Release Date: 7/13/2006. Expired: 8/5/2006

The Renaissance Center in Dickson is celebrating its seventh anniversary with an open house that will allow students to preview classes and workshops coming up this fall.

In conjunction with Arts Fusion II, The Renaissance Center is celebrating its anniversary on Aug. 5 with pARTicipate, an open house that includes the kickoff for registration for its fall semester classes. Most instructors for the center’s fall classes and workshops in visual arts, music, dance and theatre arts will be on hand to answer questions and provide previews.

“The Renaissance Center’s fine arts curriculum has grown tremendously over the course of our first seven years,” said Bob Kucher, senior director of Fine Arts. “Each semester we are adding new classes in all arts disciplines and our anniversary open house will let you see first-hand what we have for you this fall.”

The day kicks off with pARTicipate, an open house showcasing all of the art, music, dance, theatre and technology classes being offered at The Renaissance Center this fall. The center’s faculty and adjunct instructors will be on hand 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to discuss upcoming classes and workshops.

There also will be preview classes for the center’s Kindermusik curriculum. Preview classes are free but space is limited so a reservation is recommended by calling instructor Kelli Workman at (615) 740-5553. The preview classes include Village (for infants to 18 months) 10-10:30 a.m., Our Time (for 18 months to three years old) 10:30-11 a.m. and Imagine That (for ages 3-5) 11-11:30 a.m.

The Renaissance Center’s pARTicipate program is designed to allow prospective students to get a sample of the upcoming classes and workshops that are being offered in order to decide in which ones they are interested.

The Renaissance Center will open registration for the fall semester on Aug. 5 with staff on hand 10 a.m.-4 p.m. to register students for classes. Fall registration will continue through Aug. 18 and new classes begin the week of Aug. 21.

The Faraday Café will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for the anniversary celebration and The Virtually Unlimited Bookstore will be open 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

New visual arts classes for fall include batik, tatting, crocheting, knitting, Mexican art and more. Scheduled workshops include cloth-doll making, Christmas ornaments, floral arrangement, calligraphy, pottery, woodturning and the always-popular Children’s Christmas Workshop sponsored by The Bank of Dickson.

The growing dance program at the center adds classes in belly dancing and musical theatre to its long list of classes that include ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, creative, swing and ballroom classes for children, teens and adults. Upcoming workshops include praise dance, line dancing, musical theatre and more.

The popular Skit-A-Week theatre class returns for children, along with new theatre arts classes and workshops for children and adults that include acting, musical theatre and makeup techniques just in time for Halloween.

Private lessons are available on more than 20 different instruments, from bagpipes to banjo, harp to harmonica, piano to percussion, voice to violin, dobro to dulcimer and many more. The center is also home to the international Kindermusik and Harmony Road curriculums that introduce the world of music to infants and keyboards to young children. New this fall are workshops on the music business, songwriting and stage performance with singer Linda Davis, from which she will select participants to be the opening act for her Sept. 23 concert at The Renaissance Center.

Renaissance Technology Solutions continues to offer workshops for the home computer user as well as office productivity and professional certification classes.

“If you’ve been thinking about taking a class at The Renaissance Center or if you just want to find out more about what’s new for the fall, pARTicipate is a great time to come check out everything we have to offer,” Kucher said.

The Renaissance Center is a fine arts and technology education and performing arts center at 855 Highway 46 South in Dickson, just 35 miles west of Nashville on Interstate 40 at exit 172.