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McKinney Center: Spring Classes Open House

January 15, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

The McKinney Center and Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts announces their Spring Classes schedule for children and adults.

The McKinney Center will offer over 70 classes and workshops during the Spring semester. There are several new classes and new instructors in the line-up including several new daytime classes that are a good fit for homeschool students and for adults looking for creative outlets. All courses are led by experienced and supportive faculty.

Registration is underway for all upcoming classes and workshops.  Receive an “Early Bird” discount for $10 off when using the promocode SPRING2022. Individual class costs vary. The last day to register for classes is MondayJanuary 24 at 5 p.m.

The Spring Open House will be SaturdayJanuary 152022, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Class sizes are small and spaces fill up quickly. The open house is an opportunity for the public to see what the spring classes have to offer. Faculty will be present for questions and demonstrations.

Art, music, drama, crafts and dance will be offered this Spring for students of all ages.  For children, the program offers instruction for young artists who are ready to explore the world of art.  Students receive an introduction to art skills where activities and projects are organized to develop understanding and experiment with a wide variety of media, techniques and processes.  There are several new daytime options for homeschool parents and students to choose from as well.

For older elementary aged students, courses are taught to build their skills as artist, including drawing and painting.  Classes in drama, film, music and dance are also available for this age range including Creative Construction, Homeschool Art, Kids N Clay, Young Potters, Mosaics, Tap Dance, Painting, Writing, Glass Fusion, Pottery and Guitar.

“I’m excited about our spring semester in its entirety because we have so many new offerings and several new teachers,” stated McKinney Center Executive Director Theresa Hammonds. “I am also thankful we received a grant from the Berea College Appalachian Fund, Folk Arts & Cultures Initiative Grant.  This grant helped us secure the instructors that are offering new classes about old traditions. First we have dance instructor, Ian Kirkpatrick who will be teaching Clogging and Appalachian Folk Dance. Second, we have Robin Castania teaching a four-week Canning Basics class.  We also have Nola Pina, a Cultural Specialist at the Museum of the Cherokee, on the Qualla Boundary in North Carolina and home of the Eastern Band of Cherokee, who will be doing a Traditional Cherokee Finger weaving workshop.”  Hammons also listed a number of the new options for students.

New classes include:

  • Metals for Kids & Teens
  • Zentangle A to Z
  • Appalachian Ballad Singing Workshop
  • Dance Discovery for Kids
  • Clogging and Appalachian Folk Dance
  • International Folk Dancing for Kids
  • Embroidered Wood Jewelry Workshops
  • Get to Know Your Sewing Machine
  • Cyantotype Prints/Sun Printing Workshop
  • Back to Basics – Still Life Painting
  • Canning Basics
  • Edible Art – Cookie Decorating Workshop
  • Byzantine Mosaics
  • Learning from the Masters (art history class)
  • Mature Movers
  • Gyrokinesis – Adult Fitness
  • Invitation to Dance Workshop
  • Performance Poetry
  • Metal Wire workshops
  • Art of Kokedamas and
  • Traditional Cherokee Fingerweaving.

Scholarships are also available for students, K-12, that have a financial need.  Apply for scholarships at https://mckinneycenter.com/scholarships/.

The McKinney Center is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Staff encourages all visitors to be at home at the McKinney Center; take a class, participate in an exhibition, come to a lecture, volunteer your time, attend a workshop, or set up an easel on the grounds and paint.  Please check the McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School Facebook page throughout the year for information about the exciting programs and events.

Full descriptions of Spring classes are found at www.mckinneycenter.com or those interested can visit the McKinney Center, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., to pick up a catalog.  For additional information contact McKinney Center Director Theresa Hammons at theresah@jonesboroughtn.org or call 423.753.0562.


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.


January 15, 2022
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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McKinney Center
103 Franklin Ave
Jonesborough, TN 37659 United States
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