ReGenerate is an arts leadership program for high school students in Hamilton County, TN. Students participating in ReGenerate represent public and private schools. Through ReGenerate students learn about our thriving arts community, explore career and avocation opportunities in the arts, fundraise for arts equipment and supplies for elementary and middle schools, and advocate for quality arts education for all students in our community.

ReGenerate was founded in August 2013 by Ralston Hartness and Thomas West, both students at McCallie School, to sustain their philanthropic project to support arts education, Let Beauty Awaken. The Let Beauty Awaken project raised more than $14,000 through the development of a CD featuring local young music talent, solicitation letters and a Causeway campaign.

ReGenerate, with the help of ArtsBuild, created a small grant program for elementary and middle schools. The goal of the ReGenerate grant program was to provide arts equipment and supplies needed to implement quality arts education instruction. Grants of up to $1,500 were available to support both Fine Arts and General Education classrooms. Thirty-one applications were received from schools; requests totaled more than $35,000. Fifty percent of HCDE’s elementary schools requested funds.

ReGenerate students served as grant panelists and selected 14 schools to receive funding. Most of the projects selected were for instruments or arts equipment that will benefit the schools for many years to come.


ReGenerate and Founders Thomas West and Ralston Hartness Win Philanthropy Award

Congratulations to ReGenerate, Thomas West, and Ralston Hartness for winning the National Philanthropy Day Youth in Philanthropy award on November 18, 2014! Many thanks to Temple Glascock and Jessica Tolbert who did a wonderful job accepting the award on their behalf since Thomas and Ralston are away at college. Thanks to all for your work to build a stronger community through the arts!


High School Leadership Group Hosts ArtStart: Exploring Careers in the Arts Saturday, November 5 at UTC

ReGenerate, a high school arts leadership group, will host ArtStart, a program to introduce students to career options in the arts, on Saturday, November 5 from 10 AM until 12:30 PM at the UTC Fine Arts Center.

All high school students are welcome to attend; however, the program is designed specifically for those currently in 11th and 12th grades. Sessions will include “Starting Your Arts Career” and “What to Look for in College Programs.” Participating students are encouraged to bring their portfolio (visual arts) or a brief audition piece to share, although this is not mandatory.

“ArtStart is a great partnership between ReGenerate and the UTC Departments of Art, Music, Theatre and the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts,” said Rodney Van Valkenburg, Director of Grants and Initiatives at ArtsBuild. “Many students would like to pursue careers in the arts, and this is a very informative event to help students explore college options and know what to expect in auditions and interviews.”

There is no charge to attend ArtStart. Registration will begin at 9:30 AM at the UTC Fine Arts Center on November 5 and the program will begin at 10 AM. For more information, call (423) 756-2787 or email Join the event on Facebook.

ArtStart is sponsored by the UTC Departments of Art, Music, Theatre; the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, ArtsBuild, and ReGenerate.