Year-Round Penny4Arts Events

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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Crescent Bend House and Gardens: Free Museum Admission

Start date: January 1, 2016

End date: December 31, 2018

Time: Wed-Fri 10-4 (Last tour begins at 3 PM); Sat 10-noon

Location: 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 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.

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, 2018

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

Location: 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. Please let the front desk associate at the East Tennessee History Center know that you are attending with the Penny4Arts deal to receive free museum admission.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO
Contact: 865-215-8824, eths@eastTNhistory.org

James White’s Fort: Tour the Fort

Start date: January 1, 2016

End date: December 31, 2018

Time: Mon-Fri 10 AM - 3 PM

Location: 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. 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.

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: Tours

Start date: January 1, 2016

End date: December 31, 2018

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

Location: 1050 World's Fair Park, Knoxville, TN 37916

Ongoing exhibitions: 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. Additional exhibitions:

  • August 12 – November 12, 2017: American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony
  • November 24, 2017 – January 14, 2018: East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition
  • February 2 – April 15, 2018: Press Ahead: Contemporary Prints Gifted by Helen and Russell Novak
  • May 4 – July 29, 2018: Scenic Impressions

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: Free Tours

Start date: January 1, 2016

End date: December 31, 2018

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

Location: 1711 Dandridge Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915

Free 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.

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? Large groups only.
Open by appointment in January & February. Contact: 865-522-8661, director@mabryhazen.com

WDVX: Blue Plate Special

Start date: January 1, 2016

End date: December 31, 2018

Time: Mon-Sat 12-1 PM

Location: WDVX inside the Knoxville Visitor Center, 301 Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902

The WDVX Blue Plate Special is a free live music performance every Monday through Saturday at noon at the WDVX studio inside the Knoxville Visitor Center (exceptions: Thanksgiving & Christmas). WDVX is a community radio station that plays a variety of music so you never know what you’ll hear or see at the Blue Plate Special. It could be Classical or Country, Blues or Bluegrass, Jazz or Old Time or something completely surprising. No need for reservations unless you have a big group, in which case, please contact the Knoxville Visitor Center at visitorcenter@knoxville.org.

You can also tour the station by contacting us at 865-544-1029 or info@wdvx.com.

Kidstuff is a radio show for kids and kids at heart that airs every Saturday at 10 a.m. on WDVX. Every 2nd Saturday of the month Kidstuff is live on stage inside the Knoxville Visitor Center. The show connects kids to the music of many cultures, demonstrates different kinds of instruments, and the audience is a big part of the show. Lots of singalongs, percussion, and fun for young kids – and it’s free to attend.

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

Contact: Linda Billman, 865-544-1029, lbillman@wdvx.com

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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