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TPAC launches recovery fund while remaining closed through May 13

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Posted at 1:40 PM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 14:40:04-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Performing Arts Center will remain closed through May 13.

This impacts performances scheduled at Andrew Jackson Hall, James K. Polk Theater, Andrew Johnson Theater and the historic War Memorial Auditorium.

Those who have tickets for performances during the closure will be contacted by the TPAC Box Office.

TPAC is also launching "Forward! Recovery Fund" to help with the financial impact of the shutdown.

"While we know our audiences, artists and staff are safer at home, we are heartbroken to be separated from them when we could all benefit from the healing connection the arts provide,” says Jennifer Turner, TPAC President and CEO. “Though our world has changed, TPAC’s mission has not. Still, going for many months without activity in our theaters is having a dramatic impact on our organization. Now, more than ever, we are reliant on the generosity of donations to stem the current loss and build a new future for TPAC."

If you're interested in donating to the fund, click here.

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