Lee Academy for the Arts is located at 402 Lee St, Paris, TN 38242. Visit our Contact page for more information on getting in touch with us and keeping up with what's happening at Lee Academy!

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Lee in the News...

Doing more than just looking at art (Paris Post-Intelligencer - September 2017)

Penny Lummia tries her hand at putting a brush to a painting of Dani Poe of Springville during Saturday’s Arts ‘Round the Square event in downtown Paris. Poe’s booth “Poetic Painting” gave those visiting the chance to try their hand on part of a painting in progress. Poe teaches from 7-9 p.m. Fridays at the Lee Academy for the Arts.

Lee Academy Golf Tournament Another Success
(KF99/KQ105 - July 2017)

Buchanan, Tenn.—This weekend’s golf tournament to benefit the Lee Academy for the Arts was another success, with numerous participants for the Saturday event. Winners were (from left): Bo Caldwell, Van Bowden, Tony Wimberley, Randy Allen Jr., Terry Knott, Traci Templeton, David Clayton, Tommy Hayes, Greg Lassiter, Dustin Kendall, Ross Norwood, and Brian Wimberley. The event was held at the Paris Landing State Park golf course. (Jean Owens photo)

Lee Academy, Kiwanis In Partnership For Kids (WENK/WTPR - June 2017)

Lee Academy for the Arts and the Lakeway Kiwanis Club of Paris have announced a partnership to enrich the lives of children in the area by providing opportunities for involvement in the community and participation in creative activities. (click title to read more...)


Express Yourself: Lee Academy to offer Summer Art Camps (Paris! Magazine - Summer 2017, page 26)

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Lee Academy for the Arts plans Summer Series (Paris Post-Intelligencer - May 2017)

A huge summer of activities is planned at Lee Academy for the Arts, with the youth-focused 2017 Summer Series kicking off in June.

The series of workshops and classes is designed to enrich the students’ summer through personal expression, fun experiences, interaction with the arts and building relationships with their peers, according to Sara Simonis, director of marketing and communications for the academy. (click title to read more...)

Lee Academy hires new staff members (Paris Post-Intelligencer - March 2017)

Two new staff members have been hired at the Lee Academy for the Arts.

Morgan Wilson has been named director of programs and will be responsible for the development of creative and artistic academy classes, programs, workshops, retreats and community event opportunities at Lee Academy.

Sara Simonis has been hired as director of marketing and communications, tasked with promoting Lee Academy through digital, broadcast and print media, as well as acting as the face of the school in the community and surrounding areas. (click title to read more...)

See what our community is saying about Lee Academy for the Arts...

Lee Academy is the go to place in the Paris community to join self interest classes of all kinds!

We have attended the morning & evening yoga classes for over a year now. We not only get to learn new yoga techniques, we also have the joy of sharing these experiences with some great people! We love it!!
— Ron & Alice B.
My yoga classes at Lee Academy have brought amazing results: I can sit crossed-legged on the floor for hours playing with my grandchildren, I can bend and stoop to pull weeds in my garden. Practicing yoga is also just plain fun! I’ve made new friends of various ages and backgrounds and there is a feeling of camaraderie among us that is heartwarming. You don’t have to be an expert to begin yoga classes.”
— Brenda S.
I have taken belly dancing and yoga at Lee academy for the past year. The instructors were well prepared and were great instructors. Not only are the classes great but the classrooms have adequate space and the overall atmosphere was inviting and easy to get to. I have developed a close network of friends and look forward to my classes.We are so fortunate to have this great facility in our community.
— Melanie T.
I like driving up to the old school building on Mondays and Wednesdays for class. The room is so large and bright. I enjoy viewing the art in the main hall, always looking for new things to see.
— Nina Mitchell
Lee Academy for the Arts is an incredibly cool place in our local community. I participate in as many things as I can such as ball room dancing, oil painting, sushi making, dinner theme nights, and even the fun role playing Murder Mystery Theater. I intend to do more of what I have been doing and adding some yoga and pottery first chance I get. This is one of the coolest places possible to have in a community our size. Larger cities would be jealous. Its incredible to watch the young people that Lee Academy sponsors go to Governors School and display their artwork that demonstrates such creative talent.
— Christy S.
I took pottery lessons at Lee Academy in 2009. I quickly became hooked! Eventually purchased my own wheel, then kiln, produce pottery at home in a 7x7 ft. enclosed studio (with a/c!) that my supportive husband and brother constructed for me. Now I participate in several area art & craft festivals each year, as well as have pottery for sale on consignment at three local sites: The Homestead Garden & Gifts, Merison’s, T.F. Rice & Company... How blessed I am to find homes for my pottery and many new friends. I belong to TRFAL (Tennessee River Fine Arts League), connected with Lee Academy. Lee and TRFAL have provided a wonderful supportive network of fine area artists and craftspeople. We are never too old to learn new skills!!! I am a poster child for that!
— Robyn N.

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