PechaKucha Presentation

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eric minton

writer//pastor in knoxville, tn

Curate Sacredness.


Eric Minton reminds us that whenever we give our lives to something, not because of how cool it sounds at a dinner party, or even because we think someone or something will reward us, but because we have this belief that in doing it, the world (even in like the smallest way) makes sense, is better off, and not just for some us, but for all of us. This is deeply sacred work. 

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Addressing our future mobility needs now

@ VOL 14 ON FEB 12, 2015

Like any city, mobility is key to Knoxville’s future development and its larger success as a strong and diverse community. While increased access to greenways, the Urban Wilderness, and a movement back to downtown have provided alternative options to its automotive centered culture, the automobile looks to serve Knoxville for years to come. But what will that look like? And what are the challenges that exist between serving the needs of Knoxville residents and the environment in which Knoxville works and enjoys?

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Nourish Knoxville

@ VOL 14 ON FEB 12, 2015

Charlotte Tolley has served as the director of the Market Square Farmers’ since its inception in 2004.  She describes the history and growth of the MSFM and how it has built community in Knoxville, and how it informed the start of its new umbrella organization, Nourish Knoxville.  As a 501c3 organization, Nourish Knoxville is cultivating relationships between farmers, artisanal producers, and the community through connections local food. 

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Design-Build Education: Creating a New Education Center for Beardsley Community Farm

@ VOL 16 ON AUG 06, 2015

Presented with Bud Archer and Bailey Green. 

Students and faculty from the University of Tennessee’s College of Architecture and Design will present on the benefits of design-build education as illustrated by an innovative new building being created for Beardsley Community Farm in Knoxville—a non-profit urban demonstration farm promoting food security and sustainable agriculture. Design-build education through architectural design courses at UT enabled making a building that reinforces Beardsley’s mission. The new structure will operate as a teaching tool helping farm staff and volunteers more effectively engage the public about the benefits of local sustainable farming. It also creates significant public spaces for the benefit of the community at large.

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The Hive | The Benefit of Community, Creativity, and Risk

@ VOL 17 ON NOV 12, 2015

This is the story of Rebecca Ridner's desire for creativity produced a space and community for creative entrepreneurs in Knoxville, TN. 

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Revitalizing Knoxville

@ VOL 19 ON MAY 12, 2016

David Dewhirst discusses how the revitalization of Knoxville continues to save the city's unique architectural heritage while fostering the growth of a strong, connected and passionate community. 

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Community Supported Apprenticeships

@ VOL 20 ON AUG 18, 2016

Community College students need skills and experiences to inspire and qualify them for employment. Jessica Dean, Raven Powell, and Sandra Wairimu invite you to ask: how might you work or craft to heal yourself, heal your place, and invite students in your community to join you, to learn together?

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Why Knoxville’s Zoning Code Prohibits Good Urban Design and Prevents Walkable Communities

@ VOL 20 ON AUG 18, 2016

Walkability is key in improving health, the local economy, and the environment.  Unfortunately Knoxville’s zoning code prohibits mixed use, requires too much parking, and mandates large setbacks, all of which make Knoxville less walkable and transit friendly. In this presentation, Marshall Stair explores Knoxville and discusses what could be done to promote walkability in future developments.

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Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild


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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Why Knoxville Needs Central Cinema

@ VOL 24 ON AUG 17, 2017

Knoxville has grown into an incredibly cool city over the last few years, and a one screen indie theater could be the perfect addition to the growing list of awesome things to do in our city. The mainstream movie going experience has become less and less desirable over the years, and William Mahaffey informs how Central Cinema can become a hub for all of the film lovers seeking a better cinema experience here. We will also provide a fitting home for the many film festivals that have sprung up here over the years. On top of that, it will help with the growth of the North Knoxville/Happy Holler commercial area and make it an even more desirable hot spot for the Knoxville community.