Penny4Arts gives every child in Knox County an opportunity to attend arts and culture events/activities at the maximum cost of ONE PENNY when accompanied by an adult during the academic school year. Click here to read more information about how it works. Events below are listed chronologically. Click here to view the ongoing/year-round events.


Through July 26
Tennessee Children's Dance Ensemble: Dancers Studio Summer Dance Course

Study dance at the school of The Tennessee Children's Dance Ensemble. Children's Classes : Morning & Afternoons
Creative Movement, Classical Ballet, Modern Dance, Jazz, Tap & Hip Hop

Info: 865-584-9636,

July 28 – August 1, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
KnowHow: Knoxville Girls Rock Camp

For ages 8-17

The 2014 Knoxville Girls Rock Camp is an intensive, six-day camp for young women to explore self-expression and empowerment through music. Thirty campers will come together for instrument instruction, workshops, performances by visiting artists, and to form bands that will write a song together, including lyrics and instruments, with the help of band coaches. The camp will be held at the Joy of Music School (1209 Euclid Ave NW, Knoxville, TN 37921).

We offer sliding scale tuition and some scholarships.

Deadline to apply is Monday, June 9. Apply online here.



Through July 31, Thursdays, 10:00-11:30 AM
Fountain City Art Center Summer Camp Classes


For ages 6-11

Instructor Jan Bolus. Students will do a pottery wheel activity, a sculpture, a weaving, a painting, and an airbrushed t-shirt. Cost including materials is: $100 for FCAC members and $120 for non-FCAC members.

At the Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37918.
Information: or 865-357-2787

Through August 1
Knoxville Museum of Art: Summer Art Academy


The KMA’s art classes will not only increase your child’s knowledge of art, but will help in the development of his or her artistic techniques, fine motor skills, critical thinking skills, and confidence. Each week offers a new and exciting age-appropriate art class that will nourish and challenge your child.
Classes are held at the Knoxville Museum of Art (1050 World’s Fair Park Drive). Morning classes are offered each week for children ages 3-12 years old. Afternoon classes are offered for ages 13 and up. Tuition for the half-day class is $85.00 for Members and $100.00 for Non-members (unless specified otherwise), and includes workshop supplies, instruction,
and guided tours. Classes are filled and scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. . 

Contact: 865-525-6101 ext. 241 or e-mail.
Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive, Knoxville, TN 37916 | PDF listing of classes


Through August 9, Wednesday-Saturday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Historic Ramsey House: Summer Tours

Ramsey House was built in 1797 by Knoxville's first builder, Thomas Hope, for Francis Alexander Ramsey.  The structure is significant for original interior and exterior architectural features and its period decorative art collection. The Ramsey Family was one of the first families to settle the Knoxville area. They played vital roles in developing civic, educational and cultural institutions. The last tour is given at 3:00 PM.

Contact: Sandy Neveau, 865-546-0745, e-mail
2614 Thorn Grove Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914 |
Advance reservations required? NO

Thursdays-Sundays through August 16, 7:00 PM
Tennessee Stage Company: Shakespeare on the Square: Much Ado About Nothing

July 17, 19, 25, 27, 31 and August 2, 8, 10, 14, 16
7:00 PM outdoors on Market Square
2:00 PM indoors at the Square Room on August 2 only

Directed by Tom Parkhill and Jennifer Alldredge

This most perfect of romantic comedies centers on Shakespeare’s wittiest lovers, Beatrice and Benedick, two people determined to avoid the foolishness of love at all costs! The verbal fireworks between these two make up some of Shakespeare’s best writing. Along the way we meet more lovers, distraught fathers, villains and the 16th century’s answer to the Three Stooges – Dogberry and the Watch. Of course, like all good comedies, everyone ends up married – more or less. "I will live in thy heart, die in thy lap, and be buried in thy eyes."

Information: 865-546-4280 or

Thursdays-Sundays through August 17, 7:00 PM
Tennessee Stage Company: Shakespeare on the Square: Titus Andronicus

July 18, 20, 24, 26 and August 1, 3, 7, 9, 15, 17
7:00 PM outdoors on Market Square
2:00 PM indoors at the Square Room on July 26 only

Directed by Julianna Sanderson

One of Shakespeare’s earliest tragedies, and far and away his darkest, most bloody play. Titus Andronicus is like an Elizabethan horror movie. Interestingly, it was also Shakespeare’s most popular play during his lifetime. The story rests on a struggle for control of the Roman Empire but the play is awash in blood – beheadings, mutilations and horrible crimes against humanity. This play is not for the faint of heart. "These words are razors to my wounded heart."

Information: 865-546-4280 or

Through September, Monday-Friday 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame: Time-Out Camps


Camps, day care and recreation centers can bring their kids to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and receive a special “Time-Out” museum admission rate of $5.00. Your group will receive a guided tour of our museum, organized games on the ball courts, basketball skills program, and free play time. You can also add on a pizza party, or a movie with popcorn! Either way, we will expose your group to a variety of entertaining programs, while your staff receives a “Time-Out.” Advanced reservations are required. There is a minimum of 10 participants and a maximum of 100 participants per group.

Information: 865-633-9000 or



ONGOING: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Blount Mansion Association: Tours of the Blount Mansion

Come join us as we take you back into the founding of Knoxville and the state of Tennessee. At the top of each hour a guide will lead you through the Blount Mansion to learn about William Blount and the birthplace of Tennessee. Walk-ins, call ahead, and reservations welcome.

Contact: Leslie Warren, 865-525-2375, e-mail
200 W. Hill Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902 |
Advance reservations required? NO


ONGOING: Call for appointment
Crescent Bend House and Gardens: Free Museum Admission

Historic Crescent Bend House & Gardens is one of the Southeast’s finest house museums and gardens. Built in 1834 by Drury Paine Armstrong, Crescent Bend was once a 600 acre working farm and so named for its prominent setting overlooking a majestic crescent bend in the Tennessee River just west of downtown Knoxville, Tennessee. The Armstrong-Lockett House Museum at Crescent Bend contains an extensive fine antique art and furniture collection from notable artisans like Michael Allison, Honore Launnier, Benjamin Frothingham, Samuel McIntire, and Sir Thomas Lawrence. Also on display is an outstanding American and English Silver collection dating back to the 16th century with eminent silversmiths like Paul de Lamerie, Paul Storr, and seven women silversmiths that includes the works of Elizabeth Godfrey and Hester Bateman. Visitors will be able to discover the mystery behind the hidden trap door of this historic home and hear the tale of how the Jean Zuber wallpaper made its’ travels to Crescent Bend by the way of a United States President and a Pirate. The William P. Toms Memorial Garden at Crescent Bend is a three-acre formal Italian terraced pleasure garden that overlooks the Tennessee River. Visitors can stroll among the nine terraced gardens of Japanese Maples, Roses, Conifers, Perennials and thousands of colorful blooming annuals that are set to the backdrop of the dancing waters from five large fountains. Penny Performances students may enjoy a tour of Crescent Bend for free with paid adult admission.

Contact: Judy McMillan, 865-637-3163, e-mail
2728 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919 |
Advance reservations required? YES


ONGOING: Monday-Friday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM; Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM; Sunday 1:00-5:00 PM
East Tennessee Historical Society: Free Museum Admission

Free admission to the Museum of East Tennessee History for one parent accompanying a participating child. Enjoy compelling stories, interesting artifacts, and colorful characters in the nationally recognized exhibition Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee, as well as regularly changing exhibits. Explore your own history and heritage in the premiere regional genealogy research library and the Knox County Archives. Browse the Museum Shop for gifts, books, and souvenirs.

Contact: 865-215-8824, e-mail
601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 |
Advance reservations required? NO


ONGOING: Monday-Saturday, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
James White’s Fort: Tour the Fort

Last tour given at 3:00 PM. Visit James White's Fort to experience what life was like in East Tennessee more than 200 years ago! James White’s Fort is the home of James White who settled in Knoxville with a 1,000-acre land grant from the state of North Carolina. Includes White’s first home, furnished with original tools and artifacts from the period. Penny Performance students may enjoy a self-guided tour of the Fort for free with paid Adult admission. Admission is free for up to three children per paying adult. No groups.

Contact: 865-525-6514, e-mail
205 East Hill Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915 |
Advance reservations required? NO


ONGOING: Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Sunday 1:00-5:00 PM
Knoxville Museum of Art: Higher Ground: A Century of the Visual Arts in East Tennessee

Knox Museum of Art


The Higher Ground exhibition traces the development of the fine art craft in the region and surrounding area over the past century. It tells the largely unknown story of the area’s rich artistic history and its connection to the larger currents of American art. Many of the featured artists spent their entire lives and careers in the area, while some moved away to follow their creative ambitions. Others were drawn to the region by its natural beauty, as the wealth of landscape imagery in this exhibition attests. Parent/guardian may register in the Museum Gift Shop for their student visitor(s) to receive a free art-related gift.

Contact: Rosalind Martin, 865-523-6349, e-mail
1050 World's Fair Park, Knoxville, TN 37916 |
Advance reservations required? NO


ONGOING: March-December: Wednesday-Friday 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, or by appointment
The Mabry-Hazen House & Bethel Civil War Cemetery: Guided Tours

Guided tours are given of the Mabry-Hazen House and Bethel Civil War Cemetery. These tours give an in-depth perspective into the lives of the families who occupied these homes and also detail the importance of these historical sites.

Contact: Calvin Chappelle, 865-522-8661, e-mail
Mabry-Hazen House: 1711 Dandridge Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915
Bethel Cemetery: 1917 Bethel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915
Advance reservations required? YES


ONGOING: Saturday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sunday, 12:00-5:00 PM
Marble Springs State Historic Site: Guided Tours

Marble Springs

John Sevier was elected Tennessee’s first governor in 1796. His property at Marble Springs in South Knox County was a working farm and a weekend retreat until 1800 when he resided at the farm till his death in 1815. Today, Marble Springs consists of Sevier’s cabin, a tavern, loom house, smoke house, and trading post. Tours are provided for students for FREE (with a paying adult) every Saturday and Sunday (except during special events and holidays). Gates close at 5:00 PM; Tours start at the top of the hour; the last tour starts at 4:00 PM.How to obtain admission: Upon entry to the historic site, visitors should approach the Trading Post Gift Shop. This building is the closest to the parking lot and has an information sign on the outside wall. A tour guide will be available unless otherwise posted (work is often conducted in our on-site offices), in which case, please call 865-573-5508 and a tour guide will be with you shortly. Please mention Penny4Arts to receive this deal.

Contact: Anna Chappelle, 865-573-5508, e-mail
1220 W. Governor John Sevier Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920 |
Advance reservations required? NO


ONGOING: Monday-Saturday, 12:00-1:00 PM
WDVX-FM Radio: WDVX Blue Plate Special

Free live music show and live radio broadcast. Students will also be given a studio tour upon request. The Blue Plate Special is broadcast on the radio at 89.9 FM, 93.9 FM and 102.9, online at, and on mobile devices through Public Radio Exchange (iPhone app) and Tune-In Radio (Droid app). Select shows will be held live at special locations throughout the year, including the Market Square Stage in downtown Knoxville.

Contact: 865-544-1029 x231, e-mail
Knoxville Visitor Center, 301 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 (other locations as announced) |
Advance reservations required? For studio tour only.

ONGOING: Saturday, 10:30 AM
Alexia's School of Middle Eastern Belly Dance: Belly Dance Classes

Beginner belly dance classes.  Class fee is $15 for drop-in or special price of $50 for 5 classes; two students per paying adult will be able to take the class for $0.01.

Contact: Alexia Smith, 898-2126, e-mail 
Studio: 1563 Crestwood Drive, Louisville, TN 37777
Advance reservations required? YES; please give notice one week in advance.



Last updated
July 17, 2014

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Alexia's School of Middle Eastern Belly Dance

American Museum of Science & Energy

Bijou Theatre

Blount Mansion Association

Circle Modern Dance

Clarence Brown Theatre

Crescent Bend

Dogwood Arts

East Tennessee Historical Society

Go! Contemporary Dance Works

Historic Ramsey House

HoLa Hora Latina

James White's Fort

Jubilee Community Arts

Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum

Knoxville Chamber Chorale

Knoxville Museum of Art

Knoxville Opera

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

Knoxville Zoo

Mabry-Hazen House

Marble Springs State Historic Site

McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture

Momentum Dance Lab

Museum of Appalachia

Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association

Tennessee Children's Dance Ensemble

Tennessee Stage Company

Tennessee Valley Fair

UT School of Music


Women's Basketball Hall of Fame


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