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Arts & Culture Alliance presents panel discussion with artists on December 18

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Artists will take part in a community panel discussion at the Emporium Center on Wednesday, December 18.

The Arts & Culture Alliance is presenting a free, community panel discussion on Wednesday, December 18, from 12:00 - 1:30 PM at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville featuring representatives of Mighty Mud, Vacuum Shop Studios, Gallery Nuance, The Birdhouse, and 17th Street Studios who will share their experiences forming their artist collective. The discussion will be moderated by Liza Zenni, Executive Director of the Arts & Culture Alliance, covering topics such as: securing physical space; membership policies; co-op governance structure; scheduling of exhibition space; financial model; addressing grievances; programming and hosting events/workshops; non-profit status; and more.

Representatives for the panel discussion include:

Beth Meadows of 17th Street Studios
The mission of 17th Street Studios is to host artists in Knoxville by providing studio spaces and a working community. Located in Redeemer Church of Knoxville in the Historic Fort Sanders neighborhood, the studios help fulfill Redeemer’s vision by serving the local fine art community. These studios serve as workshops for artists to develop their art practice and fulfill their calling.

William Isom of The Birdhouse
The Birdhouse, a project of the Neighborhood Center, is an open community space in the historic Fourth & Gill neighborhood. The Birdhouse is an all volunteer-run effort, incorporated with the State of Tennessee and fiscally sponsored through Community Shares of Knoxville. The Birdhouse partners with the residents of the community in providing community space where active skill sharing, DIY workshops, gardening, participatory media production, historical documentation, and artistic creation, performance and exhibition can contribute to the life of the immediate community and the general public. The Birdhouse is located at 800 N. 4th Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917;

Sherry Disney of Gallery Nuance Gallery
Nuance is an art gallery and event facility showcasing local artists dedicated to providing a vibrant marketplace for original art and fine crafts. The gallery not only houses works of more than 28 individual artists but acts as a classroom and event center as well, hosting many diverse events, book signings, parties, and a popular Gallery Concert Series. Gallery Nuance is located at 121 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902;

Barron Hall of Mighty Mud
Locally-owned and artist-operated, Mighty Mud is a resource for ceramic supply needs in Knoxville, and they offer a wide variety of art classes and workshops, provide artist studios to local artists, and sell finished artwork in their gallery. Mighty Mud is located at 1300 McCalla Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915;

Jessie Van der Laan of Vacuum Shop
Studios The Vacuum Shop Studios are the newest collaborative work space for artists in Knoxville in the former location of a vacuum repair shop. They host open studio nights and exhibitions by their studio eight artists. Vacuum Shop Studios are located at 1326 Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917;

The free, informative discussion will take place at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Parking is available at metered spots on the Gay Street viaduct or in the parking lot on Jackson Avenue caddy-corner from the Emporium. Guests are invited to bring a “brown bag” lunch. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543 or visit

Published December 14, 2013

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