Penny4Arts

fbPenny4Arts gives every child in Knox and surrounding counties an opportunity to attend arts and culture events/activities at the maximum cost of ONE PENNY (or FREE) when accompanied by an adult during the academic school year. See below for more details, or call us at 865-523-7543 for help. Like us on Facebook!

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Knoxville Opera: Mary Queen of Scots Final Dress Rehearsal

April 26, 2017

Doors at 5:30 PM, Rehearsal at 6:30 PM

Tennessee Theatre, 604 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902

Live, full-length opera performed in Italian with projected English translations. The Tennessee Premiere of Donizetti’s 1835 masterpiece! Two Rival Queens… A Thirst for Power… The Scandal of a Century! Elizabeth I, fearing her rival in love and politics, has imprisoned her cousin, Mary Queen of Scots, for 18 years. What happens when Elizabeth and Mary finally meet face to face? A riveting, explosive showdown featuring unspeakable insults and vocal fireworks! Fighting for her crown and survival, Elizabeth sends Mary to the executioner’s scaffold.

Admission to the final dress rehearsal is free to students of all ages (with accompanying adults paying $5 at the door) and to Mary Queen of Scots ticket holders. Adults without tickets to the Friday or Sunday performance MUST accompany a student for admittance (be prepared to show student ID if an adult); adults may not attend without a student. Please note, concessions are closed. Seating is open and attendees may come and go as they wish.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO

Contact: Michael Torano, 865-524-0795 ext. 281, mtorano@knoxvilleopera.com

Knoxville Opera: Mary Queen of Scots

Start date: April 28, 2017

End date: April 30, 2017

Tennessee Theatre, 604 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902

Live, full-length opera performed in Italian with projected English translations. The Tennessee Premiere of Donizetti’s 1835 masterpiece! Two Rival Queens… A Thirst for Power… The Scandal of a Century! Elizabeth I, fearing her rival in love and politics, has imprisoned her cousin, Mary Queen of Scots, for 18 years. What happens when Elizabeth and Mary finally meet face to face? A riveting, explosive showdown featuring unspeakable insults and vocal fireworks! Fighting for her crown and survival, Elizabeth send Mary to the executioner’s scaffold. Opera previews hosted by Maestro Salesky begin 45 minutes prior to each performance.

Compliments of the Aslan Foundation, Knoxville Opera is offering a limited number of free student tickets to their main stage production of Mary Queen of Scots on Friday, April 28 (7:30 PM) and Sunday, April 30 (2:30 PM). This is an excellent opportunity for students (intermediate school through college) to experience the magic of a complete opera with spectacular music, sets, costumes and thrilling performers. Information about the cast and synopsis is available at http://www.knoxvilleopera.com/mary-queen-of-scots/.

Please view the attached flyer (PDF) for details on how to reserve the free student tickets. There are no free tickets for teachers/faculty. Students should only make a reservation only if they are 100% committed to attending!

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES

Contact: Michael Torano, 865-524-0795 ext. 281, mtorano@knoxvilleopera.com

Blount Mansion Association: Tours of the Blount Mansion

May 2, 2017

10 AM – 5 PM

200 W. Hill Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902

Come join us at the top of each hour as we take you back into the founding of Knoxville and the state of Tennessee through a tour of the Governor’s house, office, and kitchen as well as the Hopkins Parker Garden. Walk-ins, call ahead, and reservations welcome. Last tour at 4:00 PM. Offered the First Tuesday of every month.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO

Contact: Emily Ellis, 865-525-2375, info@blountmansion.org

Clarence Brown Theatre: Around the World in 80 Days

Start date: April 26, 2017

End date: May 5, 2017

7:30 PM

Clarence Brown Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996

Bursting with imagination, this exuberant whistle-stop tour through Verne is a trip worth making. The intrepid Phileas Fogg with his loyal valet, Passepartout, voyage from Victorian London through the Indian subcontinent, to Asia and across the Pacific to America on a wager that he will return in precisely 80 days. Literally, a theatrical tour-de-force.

The production runs April 19 – May 7, and performances offering the Penny4Arts discount are: Wednesday-Friday, April 26-28 and May 3-5 (show at 7:30 PM).

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES – call the box office M-F 12-5 with 24 hours notice

Contact: Clarence Brown Theatre Box Office, 865-974-5161, Box_Office@utk.edu

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series – Beethoven’s Fifth

Start date: May 18, 2017

End date: May 19, 2017

7:30 PM

Historic Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902

Part of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s 2016-2017 Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series, which marks the KSO’s 81st season. The season concludes with Beethoven’s infamous Fifth Symphony. Other works on the program: Bates: Mothership, Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, and Williams: “Escapades” from Catch Me If You Can.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES – please reserve by 5 PM on the Wednesday before the concert. This offer is not available through web sales or for walk up sales at the venue the afternoon or evening of the concert.

Contact: 865-291-3310 option 4, ksotix@knoxvillesymphony.com

Blount Mansion Association: Tours of the Blount Mansion

June 6, 2017

10 AM – 5 PM

200 W. Hill Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902

Come join us at the top of each hour as we take you back into the founding of Knoxville and the state of Tennessee through a tour of the Governor’s house, office, and kitchen as well as the Hopkins Parker Garden. Walk-ins, call ahead, and reservations welcome. Last tour at 4:00 PM. Offered the First Tuesday of every month.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO

Contact: Emily Ellis, 865-525-2375, info@blountmansion.org

4th Annual Knox Asian Festival

August 27, 2017

11 AM - 6 PM

Celebrate Asian Culture with martial arts, music, dancing, authentic food, fashion, crafts, kids activities, and more! Join everyone downtown for an exciting – and delicious! – celebration of all things Asian culture. We are inviting Professional Japanese Drum players from Disney World Epcot! We’ll also have passports for children to “travel to” each country.

Knox Asian Festival aims to promote diverse cultures and celebrate traditions and talents from the Asian continent. The Festival aims to bring together people from various cultural backgrounds, to promote peace, harmony, unity and healthy life styles. Each participating country will showcase its unique music, dance, food, fashion, handicrafts and other products.

The event is free, family friendly and FUN! On Market Square in downtown Knoxville. Presented by the Asian Culture Center of TN.

https://www.facebook.com/knoxasianfestival/
https://www.knoxasianfestival.com

 

 

James White’s Fort: Tour the Fort

Start date: January 1, 2016

End date: December 31, 2017

Mon-Fri 10 AM - 3 PM

205 East Hill Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915

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. 2016 marks the 225th anniversary of the beginning of the City of Knoxville! 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. No groups.

Hours for the winter months are 10 AM – 4 PM Monday-Friday. Some unforeseen circumstances (unpredictable weather, etc) may cause us to close the Fort early or for a day. Please contact us before your visit to confirm hours!

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO

Contact: 865-525-6514, jameswhitefort@aol.com

Knoxville Museum of Art: Higher Ground: A Century of the Visual Arts in East Tennessee; Currents: Recent Art from East Tennessee and Beyond and the Cycle of Life, Thorne Miniature Rooms and Facets of Modern and Contemporary Glass

Start date: January 1, 2016

End date: December 31, 2017

Tue-Sat 10 AM - 5 PM; Sun 1-5 PM

1050 World's Fair Park, Knoxville, TN 37916

Overview of the art and artists from East Tennessee and beyond. To schedule a tour please call the museum Monday through Friday at least three weeks in advance. Admission is FREE; one adult chaperone is required for every 15 students. The maximum number for each tour is 60, and larger groups will require two tour times. Last tour at 3:30 PM.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES

Contact: Kate Faulkner, 865-525-6101 x246, kfaulkner@knoxart.org

Mabry-Hazen House: Guided Tours

Start date: January 1, 2016

End date: December 31, 2017

Mon-Fri 11 AM - 5 PM; Sat 10 AM - 3 PM (or by appointment)

1711 Dandridge Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915

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. Open by appointment only from December 12, 2016 – March 1, 2017.

Mabry-Hazen House: 1711 Dandridge Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915
Bethel Cemetery: 1917 Bethel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES

Contact: Calvin Chappelle, 865-522-8661, mabryhazenhouse@gmail.com

Marble Springs State Historic Site: Guided Tours

Start date: January 1, 2016

End date: December 31, 2017

Wed-Sat 10 AM – 5 PM; Sun 12-5 PM (last tours at 4 PM)

1220 W. Governor John Sevier Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920

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 PM; Tours start at the top of the hour. 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.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO

Contact: Anna Chappelle, 865-573-5508, info@marblesprings.net

WDVX-FM Radio: Blue Plate Special

Start date: January 1, 2016

End date: December 31, 2017

Mon-Sat 12-1 PM

Knoxville Visitor Center, 301 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902

Free live music show and live radio broadcast. WDVX offers station tours with a reservation (please call), and groups can reserve seating at the Blue Plate Special through Visit Knoxville or WDVX. The Blue Plate Special is broadcast on the radio at 89.9 FM, 93.9 FM and 102.9 and online at www.wdvx.com.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? For studio tour only.

Contact: 865-544-1029, info@wdvx.com

Crescent Bend House and Gardens: Free Museum Admission

Start date: January 1, 2016

End date: December 31, 2017

Open by appointment through March 1, 2018.

2728 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919

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. The Armstrong-Lockett House Museum at Crescent Bend contains an extensive fine antique art and furniture collection from notable artisans. Also on display is an outstanding American and English Silver collection dating back to the 16th century. The William P. Toms Memorial Garden at Crescent Bend is a three-acre formal Italian terraced pleasure garden that overlooks the Tennessee River. Penny Performances students may enjoy a tour of Crescent Bend for free with paid adult admission.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES

Closed the months of December, January, February. Contact: Judy McMillan, 865-637-3163, info@crescentbend.com

East Tennessee Historical Society: Free Museum Admission

Start date: January 1, 2016

End date: December 31, 2017

Mon-Fri 9 AM - 4 PM; Sat 10 AM - 4 PM; Sun 1-5 PM

601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902

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.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO

Contact: 865-215-8824, eths@eastTNhistory.org

The following guidelines apply to every Penny4Arts event:
+ Open to Knox and surrounding County residents (with a few exceptions);
+ All children ages 5-15 must be accompanied by a paying adult (age 18 and older) in a ratio not to exceed three children per one adult.

+ Proof of Knox and surrounding County residency may be required;
+ At least one in a group of up to four students ages 16-18 must purchase a regular adult admission/ticket (if applicable) for the group to be able to participate in Penny4Arts.

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