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Building  Community,

Celebrating Culture,

 & Engaging the

Creativity of Black People

I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free
human being with an independent will. 

 Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre



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Upcoming Events

  • Writing With Jaz: Creative Writing Workshop For Middle Schoolers
    Online Workshop
    Feb 20, 11:00 AM
    Online Workshop
    Kids and Teens get ready to flex your writing skills! Join us for a virtual night of creative exploration through non-fiction story-telling in a free workshop led by local writer, actor, and activist Jazmin Witherspoon.
  • Virtual Story Time: Tallulah the Tooth Fairy CEO
    Feb 13, 11:00 AM
    Dr. Tamara Pizzoli will join us to read two of her books about Tallulah the Tooth Fairy CEO. She will also engage in Q & A with attendees.
  • Black Creatives Meet Up & Vision Board Workshop
    The Bottom Knox
    Jan 29, 7:00 PM
    The Bottom Knox, 202 Randolph Street, Knoxville, TN, USA
    We want to know how The Bottom can help support your creative endeavors this year! We look forward to connect and to continue building up our creative community.
  • UNMUTED Workshop #4: Reflection
    Online Workshop (Event Link Below)
    Jan 21, 6:00 PM
    Online Workshop (Event Link Below)
    A series of workshops, interview guides & a capstone project to help capture your family narratives this holiday season -- workshop #4 will consist of an overview, refection and wrap-up of the program!
  • Poetry From The Bottom
    Virtual Open Mic
    Jan 15, 8:00 PM
    Virtual Open Mic
    The 5th Woman is partnering with us to present their first of many open mics in 2021, message them to reserve a spot on the mic this Friday!
  • UNMUTED Workshop #3: Trial & Reflection
    Online Workshop (Event Link Below)
    Jan 07, 6:00 PM
    Online Workshop (Event Link Below)
    This third workshop in our virtual history project, more info below!

"The Gem Theatre is now some sort of nightclub and Mulvaney Street is gone. Completely wiped out. Assassinated along with the old people who made it live. I looked over and saw that the lady who used to cry “Hot fish! Good hot fish!” no longer had a Cal Johnson Park to come to and set up her stove in...Mrs. Abrum and her reverend husband from rural Tennessee wouldn’t bring us any more goose eggs from across the street...All gone, not even to a major highway but to a cutoff of a cutoff. All the old people who died from lack of adjustment died for a cutoff of a cutoff." 

- Nikki Giovanni, an exerpt from "400 Mulvaney Street" 

Now Hall of Fame drive, Mulvaney Street was a monumental source of black community before Knoxville's Urban Renewal projects in 1959-1974. 
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