Calendar of Events

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Become a Maker: Growing Your Jewelry Business from Hobby to Hustle

  • June 18, 2020 — December 31, 2020
  • 1 PM

Category: Classes & workshops, Exhibitions & visual art, Fine Crafts and Free event

Thursdays at 1 PM!

Introducing a new show on JTV's digital platform called Become a Maker: Growing Your Jewelry Business from Hobby to Hustle, and it’s designed for all makers. Ryan-Ashley Anderson focuses on jewelry to help narrow the medium, but the advice can be applied to any craft. Each week she will cover a different topic to help makers grow their businesses. She also created a Facebook group to help makers fast track their plans by participating in a 6 month challenge.

BAM Facebook group - people can join this to hop into the 6 month challenge at any time (we’re only 2 weeks in):

Showtime info. for Become a Maker: Growing Your Jewelry Business from Hobby to Hustle
1p EST on and Facebook Live on the Jewel School Facebook page:

Knoxville History Project: Virtual Fundraising Event on Lunchpool

Category: Fundraisers and History & heritage

Thursday June 18 at 12:00 p.m.

Our annual fundraising Luncheon is going ahead in June – virtually. To get ahead of what may be an uncertain fall season, we are holding a “VIRTUAL KNOXVILLE HISTORY LUNCHEON” online. Similar to the way our physical luncheons work, if you would like to join us and learn more about the important work of KHP and help meet our event goal of $20,000. The event will be online on a new platform called Lunchpool. Please email who will provide you with more information and connect you with a table host. More information can be found at on the KHP Luncheon Page:

If you cannot attend and would still like to make a contribution, you can CLICK HERE to give safely online: Or, if you prefer, you can mail a check to: Knoxville History Project, 516 West Vine Avenue #8, Knoxville TN 37902. Thank you for helping make Knoxville history stories available to everyone in our in our community through KHP’s talks, tours, and special research projects.

Union Ave Books: Appalachian Storytelling as Harm Reduction

  • June 18, 2020

Category: Free event and Literature & readings

Harm reduction is a social justice philosophy that is about meeting people where they are at and reducing the negative consequences of policies and cultural constructs as well as individual actions. While this philosophy was created by and for people who use drugs, it is applicable to broader social issues and populations who face discrimination. Storytelling through fiction and non-fiction creates spaces in which to reduce harms, especially those associated with stigma and antipathy. We see the immediate need of harm reduction and storytelling in Appalachia, and so we have brought together many writers, scholars, and activists working to meet people where they are in this region.

~ Lesly-Marie Buer, Research Director - Positively Living/Choice Health Network and Davis Shoulders, Events Organizer - Union Ave Books

Union Ave Books and Positively Living welcome author Emma Copley Eisenberg to discuss her new book THE THIRD RAINBOW GIRL: THE LONG LIFE OF A DOUBLE MURDER IN APPALACHIA. This free virtual event takes place on June 18hTH @ 7pm on Zoom, please send an RSVP to to attend. Please include the the title of the book THE THIRD RAINBOW GIRL in the subject line. We will send the zoom link the day of the event.

Purchase the book here:

To learn more about how Positively Living provides compassionate care to empower, promote and inspire wellness, visit

UnionAveBooks | 517 Union Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902

Historic Ramsey House: Annual Membership Meeting

Category: Festivals & special events and History & heritage

This event is open to the public!

Join us for socially distant fellowship and dinner with other "Friends of the Ramsey House" at our Annual Membership Meeting! Dinner will be served at 6:15 PM, followed by our membership meeting, featuring speaker and local Museum Director, Charlie Rhodarmer!

Rather stay at home? We will be streaming our meeting live via Zoom at 6:30 PM EST! Please select the "Live Streaming Admission" ticket, so that we can send you an invite on Zoom. Donations are much appreciated!

Not a "Friend of the Ramsey House"? Not a problem! Visit, or stop by our Gift Shop to become a "Friend" today!

Dinner & Admission: $12 (+fees)
Live Streaming Admission: FREE
Donations are much appreciated!

Boxed Dinner Menu (all come with a soft drink or bottled water)
Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich
Baked Beans

Historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-546-0745,

Clarence Brown Theatre: Theatre Thursdays

  • June 17, 2020 — August 6, 2020

Category: Classes & workshops, Free event and Theatre

CBT Theatre Thursdays is a new digital initiative designed to help bring theatre education to the East Tennessee Community. This program aims to provide enriching cultural and educational content to our area youth and lifelong learners who are looking for ways to stay artistically engaged. Each month we will dive into a small section of a play and explore what goes into making that piece of theatre come to life! From conversations and mini video tutorials with directors, dramaturgs, designers, performers, prop artisans, costumers, and more we hope to inspire people to create theatre at home!

Week 1 – The Magic of Midsummer
Welcome to our first installment of CBT Theatre Thursdays as we explore Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream! Join us to learn some historical insight around the celebrations of Midsummer and brief overview of the scene we’ve chosen to explore this month!

Ijams Nature Center: Safe Summer Fun Programs for All Ages

Category: Health & wellness, Kids & family and Science & nature

Join Ijams Nature Center for safe summer fun! The nature center is offering new programs, from rock scrambling and creek walks for families, to bird watching for beginners, introduction to bouldering and art programs for all ages. Space for all programs is limited to ensure physical distancing and Ijams is following safety and sanitization protocols. In addition to scheduled programs, Ijams naturalists will rove the grounds on Saturdays. The following programs are listed on the Ijams website’s Event Calendar; more will be added. To learn more or to register, visit the calendar at

• Intro to Bouldering (Adults and Families; Ages 6+)
June 16, 9-11A
June 23, 9-11A
June 30, 9-11A
• Nature Senses (Children 2-4 With Caregivers)
June 16, 10-11A (SOLD OUT)
June 18, 10-11A
• Ijams Insect Safari (Families with Children 5-13)
June 16, 1:30-3:30P
June 18, 1:30-3:30P
• Bird Watching for Beginners (Adults and Families; Ages 6+)
June 18, 9-11A
• Art and Mindfulness in Nature (Adults; Teens)
June 18, 10A-Noon
June 19, 3-5P
• Toll Creek Walk (Families with Children 6+)
June 18, 12:30-2:30P
June 19, 10A-Noon and 1-3P
June 26, 1-3P
• Nature Arts & Crafts (Families with Children 5-13)
June 18, 3-5P
June 20, 1;30-3:30P
• Off-Trail Adventures (Adults and Families; Ages 6+)
June 19, 9-11:11:30A
• Creature Feature (All Ages)
Saturdays, 10-10:30A and 1-1:30P
• Behind the Scenes Animal Program (All Ages)
June 20, 11A-Noon
• Birds Say the Darndest Things (Adults and Families; Ages 6+)
June 25, 9-11A
• Rock Scrambling Adventure (Adults and Families; Ages 6+)
June 26, 9-11:30A

Ijams Nature Center is a nonprofit, 315-acre educational nature center for all ages, abilities and walks of life. Ijams’ mission is to encourage stewardship of the natural world by providing an urban greenspace for people to learn about and enjoy the outdoors through engaging experiences. Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Hours: Grounds and trails open during daylight hours. Call for Visitor Center hours. Information: 865-577-4717,

Bijou Theatre: Free Virtual Summer Camp Video Series

Category: Classes & workshops, Free event, Kids & family and Theatre

Do you have a budding actor or playwright in your family? If so, the Bijou Theatre is offering a FREE virtual summer acting camp for young actors between the ages of 9 and 12. Our five-part video series is centered around learning, performing, and most importantly – fun! Throughout the course of the series, actors will write a script, block it, create characters, and bring their play to life when they perform it at the end of the series. Camp will change per video as we focus on the basic understandings of acting through the text, voice, movement, and characters. Each video will include warm-ups, fun and interactive lessons, journaling, as well as self-guided improv games and exercises for kids to play at home.

Knoxville Children's Theatre: Peter Rabbit


Category: Kids & family and Theatre

Peter is famous as the clever and daring rabbit who succeeds in invading mean Farmer McGregor’s cabbage patch, in spite of traps, scarecrows and other dangers. His sisters Flopsy and Mopsy, their friend Squirrel Nutkin and Cawdy the Crow all share his adventures in this charming, and endearing dramatization.

The play will be performed Thursdays and Fridays at 7 PM; Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM; and Sundays at 3 PM.

Knoxville Children's Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-208-3677,

Appalachian Arts Craft Center: Summer Porch Sale

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Fine Crafts

The Appalachian Arts Craft Center located in Norris, TN will hold its Summer Porch Sale June 12 - June 26. The Porch Sale held each year features work from juried and nonjuried members of the Craft Center. It’s an excellent time to shop for discounted artwork! The Porch Sale provides local artisans the opportunity to replenish their artwork for the remainder of the year.

The Appalachian Arts Craft Center is a nonprofit center with a mission to support arts and crafts in Appalachia through education, sales, and community involvement. The center is located at 2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Clinton, TN, one mile east of I-75 north at Exit 122. For more information, stop by the center, call 865-494-9854, or visit or Facebook.

UT Downtown Gallery: Jessica Sarah Rinland

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Film and Free event

Argentine-British artist Jessica Sarah Rinland's installation, The Society at Black Pond, consists of three film works, and explores the activity within a common land in the south of England that was previously occupied by The Diggers, a collective of 17th century agrarian socialists. The land is currently inhabited by a Natural History Society whose occupations include bat and moth trapping, mycology, tree measuring, and botanical walks.

These three films offer a social and natural history of this particular location while exploring more intimately human’s relationship with and within land and nature.

From Thursday June 11 - Friday, August 7, The UT Downtown Gallery will be screening Black Pond, Bosque, and Moths Interior.

Adjusted gallery hours will be Thursdays and Fridays 12-6pm. We ask that you practice good social distancing and wear a mask when visiting the gallery.

Thank you, and we're glad to be open again!

UT Downtown Gallery, 106 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902
Information: 865-673-0802,

Arts & Culture Alliance: Arts in the Airport Spring 2020

  • June 10, 2020 — October 1, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art

Enjoy the 44 works by regional artists, as juried by Jim Scarsella.

The current exhibition (juried by Jim Scarsella) will be on display from June 10 - October (end date TBA) 2020. View and purchase artworks at Thank you for your support of our local artists!

The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville and the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (McGhee Tyson Airport) present a semi-annual exhibition entitled “Arts in the Airport”. This juried exhibition was developed to allow regional artists to compete and display work in the most visited site in the area. The selected art features contemporary 2- and 3-dimensional artwork and is exhibited in the secured area behind McGhee Tyson Airport’s security gate checkpoint for six months at a time. Approximately 35-40 works comprise each exhibition. Work is normally available for viewing only by visitors flying in or out of the airport.

Rala: June Featured Artist Annie Rochelle

  • June 10, 2020 — June 28, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Meet our June Featured Artist, Annie Rochelle!

She is a born and raised Knoxvillian and currently lives in South Knoxville with her husband and sweet cat named “Kitty.”

Annie attended Maryland Institute College of Art where she earned her BFA in Painting with a minor in Art History and Curatorial Studies concentration.

“A lot of my compositions with the human figure reference Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo works from art history. Recently I have been interested in scientific botanical illustrations and translating the Victorian model of the ‘Language of Flowers’ into a modern and more relevant vernacular.”

One of Annie's favorite things to do is plant flowers or vegetables with a glass of wine while watching her husband grill dinner.

Fun Fact: She won 1st place in our Dolly Art Contest last year and 2nd place this year!


Rala: Regional and Local Artisans, 112 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-525-7888, Instagram: @ShopRala

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