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. 

 

A VERY SPECIAL ARTS FESTIVAL

WEST HIGH SCHOOL

DATE: TO BE ANNOUNCED

A Very Special Arts Festival is a one of a kind event that celebrates Knox County Students with diverse abilities and the various artistic skills they are learning in the classroom. The event is not a competition, but an opportunity for students with disabilities to share their talents, works of art, and accomplishments with the community. Through this event, we hope to encourage and stimulate feelings of self-worth within these students.
 

The event includes a wide variety of activities in music, dance, drama, and visual arts. Workshops of “make and take” arts and crafts, demonstrations, exhibits of art work, and performances by individuals with disabilities are all elements of the festival. Students will enjoy spending time with local mascot/character favorites, an exhibit from the Knoxville Zoo mobile, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, a DJ, and more!

 

EPIPHONE GUITAR DESIGN CONTEST

DOGWOOD ARTS GALLERY

EXHIBITION: SEPTEMBER 3 - 24, 2021

 

SONGBIRDS MUSEUM

EXHIBITION: OCTOBER 1 - 29, 2021

The contest is open to all high school and middle school students living in East Tennessee. 19 Guitar designs created by youth artists were selected and will be displayed at the Songbirds Museum, a one-of-a-kind guitar museum located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the Dogwood Arts Gallery in Knoxville, Tennessee. The guitars will be auctioned online to benefit Dogwood Arts and the Songbirds Foundation’s youth art programs.

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2021 EXHIBITION

Butterfly High
Butterfly High

Maryam Ahmed

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Guitar De Los Muertes
Guitar De Los Muertes

Zoe Beatty

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Colors of the Wind
Colors of the Wind

Aurora Baez

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Prince
Prince

Miriam Berry

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Surfing Demon
Surfing Demon

Tate Brown

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You Rock My World
You Rock My World

Rebecca Clark

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Emma Grace Cook

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Heroine
Heroine

Claira Johnson

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Pluviophile
Pluviophile

Talley Lyons

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Loch Murray

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Happy Fret
Happy Fret

McLean Murray

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Dogwoods in the Wind
Dogwoods in the Wind

Mary Osucha

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Megan Peterson

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Grace Russell

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Mind is a River
Mind is a River

Keegan Spurr

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Songbird Blues
Songbird Blues

Dana Trew

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Daphne Valentine

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Lucid Putrescene
Lucid Putrescene

Danae Wnuk

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Golden Hour of Gallehus
Golden Hour of Gallehus

Clara Woehler

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ART KITS
FOR KIDS 

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.