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The Benefits of Being a Good Sport

BY DALE MACKEY
IN KNOXVILLE

Last year, Dale Mackey launched Good Sport Night at The Central Collective, a mixed-use space in North Knoxville that she runs with her husband Shawn. Each month, participants show up with no idea what to expect. Whether they’re learning to swing dance or training for the Apocalypse participants meet new people, try new things, and experience the benefits of positive short-term stress. 

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Connecting Artists to Amplify Their Voices

BY HARPER ADDISON
IN KNOXVILLE

Leaving San Francisco for Knoxville, TN, Harper Addison felt as though she was committing artist suicide. What began as a way for her to stay connected with friends and colleagues around the country has turned into an international creative process community, known as The Iteration Project, that connects artists and amplifies their voices no matter where they live and work. 

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Lithographic Printing From Pink Tennessee Marble

BY BEAUVAIS LYONS
IN KNOXVILLE

In August 2016, Kate Katomski collaborated with master printer Beauvais Lyons to create a series of prints for Quarry Project – Tennessee. A variety of methods were used, but most include a lithographic run from pink Tennessee marble, positive photo-lithography & monoprint. This collaboration is part of Kate Katomski’s Quarry Project, featured in November 2016 with a video and audio projection on the Knoxville Museum of Art, and exhibitions at the Museum of East Tennessee History and the Knoxville Museum of Art related to the history of the marble industry in East Tennessee. In this presentation Beauvais Lyons shares the history of the marble industry in East Tennessee and the process behind the work featured as part of Quarry Project - Tennessee.

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BY JOSHUA WRIGHT
IN KNOXVILLE

Advertising is so pervasive that it has become an irrelevant object in the background.  How do we make advertisements useful enough to customers that they actually want to see them? Joshua Wright presents a new app that helps connect people with advertisements by giving the user more control as to the types of ads they receive and how they receive them.

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Teens: Who Needs ‘Em?

BY BESS CONNALLY
IN KNOXVILLE

How Bess Connally, a brilliant and humble reference librarian, is weaseling her way into the hearts and minds of Knox County students and teachers through programming, outreach, and remote access.

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DreamBikes

BY PRESTON FLAHERTY
IN KNOXVILLE

DreamBikes is a 501(c)3, Non-profit bike shop located at 309 N. Central St. just outside of the Old City. The mission of DreamBikes is to provide hands-on, paid job training to underrepresented teens in the area, as well as providing fully refurbished bicycles to the community at a low cost. In this presention Preston Flaherty shows the many ways DreamBikes is making an impact in the community. Some of the examples shown include a recycling program where you can have your un-useable bike completely recycled and a mobile repair program that travels to low-to-moderate income neighborhoods to provide free bike repairs. Other initiatives include providing job shadowing opportunities, college application assistance, scholarships and trade school assistance to the employees at DreamBikes. 

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The Generation Gap

BY JILL STAPLETON BERGERON
IN KNOXVILLE

Generations are often used to define a group of people born within the same timeframe. In this presentation Jill Stapleton Bergeron explores the differences between the generations, how they are classified, and what other factors play a role in shaping the characteristics of a generation. The different generations may be more similar than you think...

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When Are They Going To Put A Roof On That Thing?

BY MARK HEINZ
IN KNOXVILLE

In 1933 Elizabeth (Betty) Wiley Dunlap and her family traveled from Knoxville, TN to visit the Chicago World’s Fair.  What they experienced there inspired one of the first Modern Residences in Knoxville. Mark Heinz delves into the history surrounding this historic house and shares some the steps he is taking to make the house a home for his family.

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Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild

BY MICHELLE WARRINER BOLT
IN KNOXVILLE

The Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild is a local organization that seeks to promote and encourage the modern quilting movement.  In this presentation Michelle Warriner Bolt explores and explains the work of this creative group. Through seminars and workshops, monthly guild meetings, collaborative charity quilts, and annual shows, guild members are supported in discovering their unique creative voices in an art form that is traditionally overlooked as a simple home craft. Be forewarned: these are not your grandmother’s quilts.  

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How the American South Transformed the World

BY TORE OLSSON
@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2016

The American South – and particularly our corner of it in East Tennessee – is commonly imagined as insular, isolated, and disconnected from the larger world. In fact, this is far from true. In this presentation, Tore Olsson demonstrate how twentieth-century efforts to overcome poverty in the region – particularly through the Tennessee Valley Authority – came to serve as a model for accomplishing similar goals in places as far-flung as Mexico, India, and Afghanistan. East Tennessee, it turns out, has a global footprint far greater than you may expect! 

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The Online Dating Game: Over 40 Edition

BY JACENE PHILLIPS
@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2016

Curious about the online dating world? Wondering if you’re too old for this crap? Jacene Phillips shares some tips and tricks about online dating for those over (and under) 40 from someone who was divorced, with a kid, over 40 and has lived to tell the tale. It is a cornucopia of lessons learned, just in time for Thanksgiving.

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Play in Public Spaces

BY CATTYWAMPUS PUPPET COUNCIL
@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2016

The Cattywampus Puppet Council, which is a Knoxville based nonprofit seeking to build community and promote play for all ages through the puppetry arts. This spring, Cattywampus will organize and facilitate the Appalachian Puppet Pageant, Knoxville’s first community puppet parade. This project will invite members of the community of all ages and backgrounds to come together and create puppets, masks, and costumes rooted in local ecology and stories of “place.” As an act of public play and storytelling, this parade will celebrate the culture of love, creativity, and mutual dependence we wish to create in Southern Appalachia.  

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