Bennett Tarleton 61

Profile Updated: September 24, 2009
Residing In: Nashville, TN USA
Spouse/Partner: Victoria Smith Tarleton (Vicky)
Occupation: Audience Development Director, Tenn Rep Theatre
Children: Catherine Victoria Tarleton Meriwether, 12/3/79; William Wiley Tarleton, 6/22/84
Granddaughter: More… Victoria Grace Meriwether, 5/12/08
Yes! Attending Reunion
Grammar School:

Rockingham (NC) Elementary School, 1949-53; Central School, Rock Hill, SC, 1953-57

Education after RHHS:

B.A. in English Honors, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1965
M.A. in Teaching, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., 1966

Influential RHHS Teachers & why?

Katie Hardin, Latin, a good teacher and great fun (should have studied more); Elizabeth Kee, Louisa Goforth, Rebecca Williamson, and Lucy Good, all English teachers who encouraged me to write; Frances Lloyd, Chemistry (hated chemistry, but she has been a wonderful friend of RHHS Class of 1961 and we all care about her); Judith Bazemore, Garnet and Black adviser who encouraged me and became a good friend later; Rosa Guess, music -- I was a terrible singer but she seemed unaware; Grace McCleave, US History, increased my love of history and she became a good friend of RHHS Class of 1961; Dorothy Amick, History, never had her class but she has been enormously helpful to RHHS Class of 1961 as we have undertaken "history of RHHS" projects like the historical marker -- lovely lady. I am omitting those who influenced me negatively.


Secondary English Teacher, Great Neck South Senior High School, Great Neck, New York, 1966-69, and Yearbook Editorial Adviser, Great Neck South Senior High School, Great Neck, New York, 1967-69; Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Students, University of Missouri, Columbia, 1969-71; Curriculum Developer and Coordinator, Aesthetic Education Program, CEMREL, Inc., St. Louis, Mo., 1971-76; Coordinator, National Aesthetic Education Learning Center, John F. Kennedy Center, Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C. 1976-79; Director, Alliance for Arts Education, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C., 1979-82; Executive Director, Dance St. Louis, Missouri, 1982-83; Executive Director, Tennessee Arts Commission, Nashville, 1984-99 (retired); Executive Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Nashville, 1999-2005; Director of Audience Development, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Nashville, 2005-. • Recipient of Gary Young Award presented by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, to an executive director of a state or regional arts organization in recognition of leadership, innovative thinking, sustained commitment to public support for the arts, and dedication to diverse artistic expressions, 1997
•Recipient of Career Service Award, Arts Management News Service, New York, for notable achievements in arts administration during the past decade, 1999•National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Board Member, 1984-87; Secretary, 1985-87; Chairman, Annual Meeting Planning Committee, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1995, 1996, 1997; Chairman, Nominating Committee, 1990; Representative to Getty Center Biennial Arts Education Conference, 1989, 1991; Member, Planning and Budget Committee, 1992-93
•Southern Arts Federation, Board Member, 1984-present; chairman, 1992-94; vice chairman for programs, 1986-1990; vice chairman for planning, 1990-92, 1995-1999•National Endowment for the Arts, Advisory Panel Member, 1985-88; Consultant (site visitor), 1985-2008; Arts in Education Technical Assistance and Site Visits Advisory Group, 1992•Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Board Member, 1994-1998; Arts Partners grant review panelist, 1995, 1996
•Young Audiences, National Program Committee Member, 1983-1992; Consultant (site visitor), 1986-present•Nashville Entertainment Association, Board Member, 1985-87; Chairman, Musical Arts and Education Committee, 1988; Advisory Committee, 1990-1995•Advisory Council, Grammy Musical Minutes, The NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) Foundation, Santa Monaco, Calif., 1994•Opera America, Education Program Consultant, 1986-1992•Alliance for Arts Education, Regional Chairman, 1988-1992; Member, National Governance Committee, 1992-94; Representative to National Arts Education Information Network, 1993-94•The Children's House, Nashville, Board Member, 1988-91; Treasurer, 1988-89•Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Cultural Affairs Committee Member, 1985-1992; Chairman, Business in the Arts Awards Committee, 1990-91•Long-Range Planning Committee, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 1996•Nashville’s Agenda, Action Team for the Arts member, 1994-2001•Tennessee Bicentennial Arts and Entertainment Festival planning committee, 1995-96•Tennessee-Israel Trade Mission, January 1997•Tennessee-London and Munich Trade Mission, May 1999; Board of Directors, Harvard Alumni Association, 1998-2001•Leadership Nashville, Class of 1999•Center for Nonprofit Management, Board Member, 1999-2002•Tennessee Association of Dance, Board Member, 2002-; Middle Tennessee Vice President, 2005-08; Usher, St. George's Episcopal Church, 1985- ; Lay Eucharist Minister, St. George's Episcopal Church, 2002- .

School Story:

Too many good ones to choose. Just try to remember them for Class of 1961 reunions.

What model & year car did you drive in '65?

1963 Ford Galaxie 500

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