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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. 

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2023 EXHIBITION

EPIPHONE GUITAR DESIGN CONTEST

SONGBIRDS MUSEUM (CHATTANOOGA)

EXHIBITION: APRIL 5-30TH 2023

DOGWOOD ARTS GALLERY (KNOXVILLE)

EXHIBITION: MAY 5-26, 2023

FIRST FRIDAY OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, MAY 5TH FROM 5-8PM (AWARDS AT 6PM)

  • 123 W Jackson Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902

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. 

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2022 EXHIBITION

2021 EXHIBITION

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Art Kits

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.

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!

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