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Jonesborough: Conversations That Matter

October 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The McKinney Center announces this month’s Conversations that Matter

“Conversations that Matter” is a monthly online series from the McKinney Center. In each “Conversation” two local guests will explore their own culture and perspective, and talk to each other about what makes them unique, discover their similarities, and explore their differences. They will look at where their lives might intersect personally and in the community. The goal of each “Conversation that Matters” is for guests and participants to hear real stories, from real neighbors.

The next event in this series will feature Nancy Kavanaugh and Ashley Cavender. This conversation will be moderated by McKinney Center Advisory Board Members and volunteers, Michelle Treece and Katelyn Yarbrough. It will take place via Zoom on Oct .14 , at 7 p.m. Register at McKinneyCenter.com.

Nancy Kavanaugh is a well-known resident of Jonesborough, TN, taking an active role in many community organizations. Storytelling brought Nancy to Jonesborough more than two decades ago, after she spent a career as an executive for General Motors Assembly Division and Lockheed Martin Corporation. Bringing her organizational skills to Jonesborough, she served as the Executive Director of the National Storytelling Network from 2000 to 2005. Today, she volunteers with many different groups including Barter Theatre, Friends of the Washington County Library, the Heritage Alliance and the McKinney Center. In 2018, Nancy organized the “Wild Women of Jonesborough,” a non-profit that has raised more than $23,000 to support unmet needs in the Jonesborough Community.

Ashley Cavender is an East Tennessee State University alumni and has lived in the area for several years. She is passionate about community organizing, local food and sustainability; she served through AmeriCorps with Jonesborough Locally Grown and is most recently working with One Acre Café by giving food to the community. She enjoys going to the Nolichucky river with her Jack Russell, Banjo in the summer months and hiking across East Tennessee in the fall and winter. When she is not volunteering in the community she is traveling abroad.

This monthly series is inspired by the Diversity & Equity Subcommittee at the McKinney Center, and their desire to highlight the experiences of all voices in Washington County, Tennessee, with an intention to include marginalized groups. By showcasing these conversations, the Diversity & Equity subcommittee hopes to open doors to new ideas and perspectives amongst our very own neighbors.

There is value in uplifting these stories so that we may learn from one another. Then, after hearing from one another our moderators and guest conversationalists will give insight on how to move forward.


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 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.


October 14
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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