Calendar of Events

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Knoxville Writers' Guild: Past Present: Tips for Good Writing About History

Category: Classes & workshops, Free event and Literature & readings

Learn how to make historic prose feel immediate and timely with author and marketing director Michael Jordan. He will discuss finding and using historical sources, the importance of images and graphic design in history books, his experiences finding and negotiating with publishers, and how to avoid a few common pitfalls when writing about history.

Michael Jordan is the author of Hidden History of Civil War Savannah (History Press-2017), Savannah Square by Square (Spanish Moss Publishing/Historic Savannah Foundation- 2015), and Davenport House Museum: Where Savannah’s Preservation Began (Historic Savannah Foundation- 2019). He directs marketing and public relations at Blount Mansion National Historic Landmark.

As always, programs are free, but you must register by midnight on Wednesday, Feb. 3. You will receive an email from our webmaster with the link on the morning of the event.

February 4, 7-8 pm
Register here

Knoxville History Project: Tennessee Begins: Our Original Statehood Day

Category: Free event, History & heritage and Lectures & discussions

Thursday 6-7 PM
Tennessee Begins: Our Original Statehood Day
Thursday February 4 at 6:00 pm

The State of Tennessee celebrates its 225th anniversary this year. Celebrations of the state’s birth are often focused on Nashville–but no town played as big a role in the state’s actual founding, in early 1796, as did Knoxville, the state’s first capital. And 225 years ago this month, Gay Street was the site of a dramatic wintertime convention of 55 delegates from across the Southwestern Territory, here to create a state constitution. Of the attendees, several were fated to be famous—one of them a future U.S. president. Just in time for the state’s bicenquasquigenary (it’s a real word, we think) celebrations, come hear the story and join the discussion.

Join Jack Neely and staff each week for a new topic on Knoxville's rich and fascinating history. For more information and to register for this week's chat please visit

Knoxville History Project, 516 West Vine Avenue #8, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-300-4559

Virtual Family Art Night with Colleen Thornbrugh

  • February 4, 2021

Category: Classes & workshops and Exhibitions & visual art

Virtual Family Art Night
Hosted by Colleen Thornbrugh

Feb 4 6:30 PM
$20 per family

Link to register:

Join Colleen on Zoom for a fun night making marker transfer prints inspired by Mark Rothko! This project is fun for artists of all ages.
Supplies needed: heavy white paper, washable water-based markers, plastic zip lock baggies (1 per person), water, paper towels, paintbrush, white acrylic paint

Generating Justice Spring Speaker Series 2021: Black Men in Social Work

  • February 4, 2021

Category: Free event, History & heritage and Lectures & discussions

UT College of Social Work presents Generating Justice Spring Speaker Series 2021: Black Men in Social Work. A Facebook Live Event featuring Dr. Samuel R. Aymer, Associate Professor of Social Work at Hunter College School of Social Work; Dr. Danté D. Bryant, Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work and College of Health and Human Services, and an affiliated faculty member in African Studies and the Race and Social Equity Academy at the University of North Carolinian at Charlotte; Dr. Kevin Haggard, Assistant Professor & MSW Program Coordinator in the Department of Urban Studies and Social Work at Tennessee State University; Dr. Waldo E. Johnson Jr., Associate Professor and the Deputy Dean for Curriculum at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and a Faculty Affiliate at the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture of the University of Chicago; Dr. Jay Miller, Dean, Director of the Self-Care Lab, and Dorothy A. Miller Research Professor in Social Work Education in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky.

Facebook Live Event
Thursday, February 4 at 7:00pm

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: February Classes & Workshops

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

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2 - Smorgasbord Class: Heart Earrings,” with Susan Smathers. 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5 - Fun Friday Art Reception, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Art Guild’s PCAC Gallery.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11 - Home School Children’s Art Class, Subject is “Potter’s Ram Painting” inspired by the artwork of historic artist, Paulus Potter. 12:30 – 2:00 p.m., with Rosemary Wawro. Mediums are watercolor and tempera.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16 (at the Plateau Creative Arts Center and on Zoom) - Monthly Members Meeting – 9:30 a.m. Business meeting including special recognition of the Plateau Creative Arts Center’s 13th anniversary. In-person attendance will be limited due to social distancing.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18 - Chain Maille Jewelry class, “Celtic Shamrock Bracelet,” with George Gallant. 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade at the Plateau Creative Arts Center, 451 Lakeview Drive, Fairfield Glade, TN 38558. Information: 931-707-7249,

Ijams Hallway Gallery: Work by Sonia J. Summers

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

The Ijams Visitor Center’s Hallway Gallery features Sonia J. Summers, a Knoxville-based artist who creates incredibly detailed, beautiful paintings of landscapes and portraits. She frequently can be seen in the community as she works en plein air (outdoor painting). See her work through February in the Ijams Hallway Gallery!

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920.

YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley: Great Race Against Racism

  • February 1, 2021 — February 28, 2021

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event and History & heritage

Join us the entire month of February! Celebrate Black History Month by Joining YWCA for the Great Race Against Racism! Participants in this year's Great Race Against Racism will download the interactive "GooseChase" app on their mobile device and will race to collect points by physically visiting over twenty sites of cultural and historical significance in Knox and Anderson Counties. For more information and a list of the Great Race Against Racism locations, please visit YWCA's website at

Watch Karlyn Reel, YWCA Director of Communications and Events, explain a few questions about the event that we have received recently.

If you have further questions, please contact Karlyn at
How to Join the Great Race Against Racism -- Participation is FREE!

1.) Download the "GooseChase" app on your Android or iPhone.
2.) Choose to play as a guest; or register for a personal account with email, username, and password of your choice.
3.) Tap the search icon at the top and type "YWCA Great Race Against Racism" or enter game code "YWCAGreatRace2021" to find the game.
4.) Create your team (even if you are participating as an individual) or select your team from the list if it has already been created.
5.) Once in the game, you will be presented with a screen that reads: "Waiting to Start." The YWCA Great Race Against Racism will start on February 1 and will conclude on February 28. Be sure to check back regularly during the month of February, as bonus locations will be added.

About the Great Race Against Racism: For 25 years, YWCA's Diversity Day and Race Against Racism 5K has been a favorite community event. Attended by nearly 500 participants annually, the event has traditionally taken place on the Saturday before Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's event will be held virtually. While we will miss coming together as a community at the Phyllis Wheatley Center, we welcome this opportunity to celebrate our diverse community during the entire month of February.

28 Days of Beck Black History & Culture

  • February 1, 2021 — February 28, 2021

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event, History & heritage and Kids & family

At the Beck Cultural Exchange Center:

Make plans to join Beck for all our up coming Black History Events during February.
Black History Month is a time set aside during the month of February to commemorate history, and to celebrate the contributions of extraordinary people.

Stay Tuned For Information

Beck Cultural Exchange Center: 1927 Dandridge Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915. Information: 865-524-8461,

Muse Knoxville: Brush Battle lip sync competition

Category: Festivals & special events, Health & wellness, Kids & family and Music

Children’s museum celebrates Dental Health Month by holding a lip syncing competition
Muse Knoxville hosts an online lip syncing competition from February 1-28.

Brush Battle is a competition where families can post videos of themselves lip syncing to songs while brushing their teeth. Combining the arts and the science of dentistry, Muse Knoxville hopes that Brush Battle will encourage children to get excited about dental hygiene. Videos must be at least 30 seconds long. The top five videos will be chosen by Muse staff, and will each receive an Amusements Kit. These top 5 videos will be reposted onto Muse Knoxville’s Facebook page, where fans can vote on their favorite video. The video with the most likes on February 28 at 11:59pm will win a VIP Experience at Muse Knoxville, valued at $125.

The museum partners with Delta Dental of Tennessee each February to host teeth-themed activities, programs and play sessions to celebrate Dental Health Month. Due to the limited number of people that can gather together currently, the two organizations decided to create free, virtual options that would still delight families. In addition to Brush Battle, Muse Knoxville will be sharing dental themed fun facts on social media.

Throughout the month, visitors can also enjoy teeth-centered programs and story times at the museum. Each patron that visits during February will also receive a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and a booklet of activities sponsored by Delta Dental of Tennessee, while supplies last. Admission must be booked online, in advance. To view the most updated list of hours, guests can visit

Muse Knoxville is a non-profit children’s science museum located in Chilhowee Park with a mission to inspire and empower all children through transformative learning experiences. We exist to serve East Tennessee by bringing hands-on, inquiry-based programming to children ages 6 months to 12 years old. In 2019, Muse Knoxville served over 200,000 individuals throughout 24 East Tennessee counties. .

Keep Knoxville Beautiful: Orchids Awards

  • February 1, 2021 — February 26, 2021

Category: Festivals & special events, Fundraisers, Health & wellness and Science & nature

Join us February 1 through February 26 on Facebook for the 2021 Orchids Awards

Since 1979, Keep Knoxville Beautiful has presented Orchid Awards to Knoxville and Knox County buildings, public art, and outdoor spaces that beautify and elevate the local landscape. This year, we will continue that tradition but in a new way. The Orchids Awards will take place over the 4 weeks in February with nominee highlights, awards announcements, silent auction, and gift packages supporting KKB!

Architects, artist, developers, community members, etc. have submitted their projects for the Orchids Awards. Each week in February we will focus on one or two categories. The nominees will be announced and on the last day of the category, we will share the winner on this event page. Winners will receive their award signs the following week.

We are grateful to all the nominees for keeping Knoxville beautiful!
Week 1: New Architecture and Public Art
Week 2: Redesign/Reuse
Week 3: Outdoor Space and Community Space
Week 4: Creative Reinvention, Mary Lou Horner Award, and The Felicia Award

We are auctioning off the framed original painting of Winter Jewels by Sarah Moore. The auction will open on February 1 and close on February 26
Purchase a gift package and bid in the auction at:

Knoxville Museum of Art: A Lasting Imprint: Rendering Rhythm and Motion in the Art of Black Mountain College

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

The Knoxville Museum of Art presents A Lasting Imprint: Rendering Rhythm and Motion in the Art of Black Mountain College now through May 2, 2021.

More than 50 prints, textiles, drawings, paintings and sculptures drawn from the extensive holdings of the Asheville Art Museum document a particularly rich and creative moment of radical experimentation with ways to integrate music, movement, and the visual arts. The exhibition includes work by the most adventurous and influential artists associated with Black Mountain College including Josef and Anni Albers, Ruth Asawa, Ilya Bolotowsky, John Cage, Buckminster Fuller, Lorna Blaine Halper, Kenneth Noland, Robert Rauschenberg, Marianne Preger-Simon, and Kenneth Snelson.

Black Mountain College, an experimental school in the North Carolina mountains near Asheville, was active from 1933 to 1957. The secluded environment fostered a strong sense of individuality, inter-disciplinary experimentation, and creative intensity, and served as a key setting in which artists revolutionized a broad range of modern art forms. Movement and music—both time-based activities—can be difficult to express in static media such as painting, drawing, and photography, yet many artists feel called to explore them. Movement serves as inspiration—either to capture it or to create it in entirely different media. Similarly, music is driven by rhythm, patterns, and variations that are enticing departures for visual artists. In few places did movement, music, visual arts, and myriad other disciplines intermingle with such impact as they did at Black Mountain College, which profoundly influenced the course of American modernism.

A Lasting Imprint is organized by the Asheville Art Museum (AAM), Asheville, North Carolina and features key works from the museum’s Black Mountain College Collection.

Open to the public Wednesday through Sunday 1-5pm. Admission and parking are free.

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916. Information: 865-525-6101,

WDVX: Live From Home with Cruz Contreras

Category: Music

This Winter WDVX will continue presenting Real Live Music wherever you may be. Please join us for the “Live From Home” series featuring artists from their home settings, studio and more.

Cruz Contreras - part of our Americana Series.
January 29 - available for viewing until February 4.

All the concerts predominately benefit the artists with WDVX taking a smaller share of the ticket proceeds. To purchase tickets,

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