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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Art Exhibition

January 16 - January 20

The McKinney Center announces Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. student art exhibition in partnership with local schools

The Town of Jonesborough and the McKinney Center are proud to partner with Johnson City and Washington County Schools on their inaugural Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Day of Service Exhibition. The theme for this year’s regional celebration is, Making Connections to our Beloved Community.

“The McKinney Center is a perfect place for such an event,” states McKinney Center Director Theresa Hammons. “This building was built and opened in 1940 as the Booker T. Washington School and served African American students K-8th grade. It was a building that divided our community’s children and now it is a safe space to bring everyone together. We couldn’t be prouder to host this exhibition.”

The regional MLK Day of Service Committee chose the theme, Making Connections to our Beloved Community, because a beloved community is a place in which everyone is cared for, absent of poverty, hunger and hate. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. popularized the term during his lifetime of activism and imbued it with new meaning, fuelled by his faith that such a community was, in fact, possible.

Students of all grade levels and abilities are encouraged to make artwork for the exhibit.

Elementary School – Elementary students are encouraged to draw, paint or color artwork using any medium that the McKinney Center is able to display.

Middle School – Middle School students can also submit their artwork, or they can complete a group project or essay.

High School – High School students can submit artwork, an essay, group project or they are encouraged to use video and photography as a way to express their art.

Students will be notified about this project by their school’s related art teachers. Students may also turn in their projects to their related art teachers for submission into the exhibition.

The exhibition will be on public display January 16 – January 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the McKinney Center, located at 103 Franklin Avenue.

A closing reception will take place FridayJanuary 20 from 68 p.m.  Culinary Art students will provide light refreshments for the reception and the event is free and open to the public.

This event is one of many events honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the Day of Service on January 16, 2023.  The MLK Planning Committee consists of the following partners:

  • Town of Jonesborough/McKinney Center
  • East Tennessee State University
  • Johnson City Schools
  • Black/White Dialogue
  • Ministerial Alliance of Johnson City
  • Washington County Schools
  • Langston Education and Arts Development
  • Carver Recreation Center
  • Langston Centre

For more information about student submitting artwork, please contact their school.


About the McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington: The mission of the McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington is to provide a comprehensive program through Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts which teaches various art skills to all participants through a quality program of instruction open to all segments of Jonesborough’s population. In addition, a primary mission of the Center is to enhance minority participation in the planning and implementation in all activities in Jonesborough while specifically celebrating the contribution of the African-American community in the growth and development of the Town. The activities of the McKinney Center are designed to enhance the quality of life of all Jonesborough residents.

About the Town of Jonesborough: A unique 18th century town nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of Northeast Tennessee, Jonesborough’s natural beauty, charming architecture, and storytelling heritage have attracted visitors worldwide. Stay a day, a week or forever, and create your own stories in beautiful Historic Jonesborough. Visit www.jonesborough.com for more information.


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