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 Grant Application Available for HCDE Elementary and Middle Schools
Deadline is May 4

ReGenerate high school arts leadership group is now accepting applications for grants from teachers in HCDE elementary and middle schools. Grants of up to $500 for may be used for art supplies in arts and non-arts classrooms. The high school arts leadership group raises money throughout the year to support the grant program. Music superstar Usher was impressed with the student’s initiative and supported the group’s efforts through the Nancy Lackey Community Education Fund. ReGenerate is accepting donations for the grant program through ArtsBuild. Contact Rodney Van Valkenburg, or (423) 777-4214.

High School Leadership Group Hosts ArtStart: Exploring Careers in the Arts Thursdays, October 19 and 24 at ArtsBuild

ReGenerate, a high school arts leadership group, will host ArtStart, a program to introduce students to career options in the arts, Thursdays October 19 and 26, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

The ArtStart Program on October 19 will focus on visual art with guest Mark Bradley-Shoup with UTC Art Department. October 26 will focus on performing arts with Steve Ray and Anne Swedberg with UTC Theatre Department as guest speakers.

All high school students are welcome to attend; however, the program is designed specifically for those currently in 11th and 12th grades. 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 UTC,” 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. For more information, call (423) 756-2787 or email

ArtStart is sponsored by the UTC Departments of Art and Performing Arts: Music and Theatre, ArtsBuild, and ReGenerate.