YOUTH ART PROGRAMS
INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION OF ARTISTS
Our programs are designed to promote professional and emerging artists, as well as young aspiring artists. We have several annual events and programs with opportunities for youth participation: Chalk Walk, the Epiphone Guitar Design contest, the Synergy Exhibition, and the Art Kits for Kids initiative.
EPIPHONE GUITAR DESIGN CONTEST
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 5, 2022
SONGBIRDS MUSEUM (CHATTANOOGA)
EXHIBITION: APRIL 2023
DOGWOOD ARTS GALLERY (KNOXVILLE)
EXHIBITION: MAY 5-26, 2023
FIRST FRIDAY OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, MAY 5TH FROM 5-8PM (AWARDS AT 6PM)
Dogwood Arts, the Songbirds Museum, and the Songbirds Foundation are proud to announce the 2023 Epiphone Guitar Design Contest. The contest is open to all high school and middle school students living in East Tennessee. Several guitar designs created by youth artists will be selected for implementation and exhibition. The art guitars will be displayed at the Dogwood Arts Gallery in Knoxville, TN and at the Songbirds Guitar Museum, a one-of-a-kind guitar museum located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The guitars will be auctioned to benefit Dogwood Arts’ youth art programs & the Songbirds Foundation’s Guitars for Kids initiative.
Loch and McLean Murray
Lily Drew Runyan
Emma Grace Cook
Every child deserves access to creative opportunities and art education regardless of the financial circumstances of their families. Time spent creating art has a tremendous impact on child development. Unfortunately, we recognize that many children in our community do not have the resources necessary to enjoy art at home. The Art Kits for Kids program helps change that by providing a variety of age-appropriate supplies like crayons, colored pencils, markers, modeling clay, coloring pages, construction paper, scissors, pencils, pencil sharpeners, glue, pens, notepads, and more to kids in need all across East Tennessee.