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Thursday, July 19, 2018

East TN Artscapes is moving
East TN Artscapes has announced plans to move to a larger venue at 209 East Broadway in Downtown Newport. It is the only organization in Tennessee that provides economic development services focused on the arts and that goal has drawn attention from funders at TNInvestCo, who have endowed the group with the capital to expand operations. The new space will be host to an art gallery, a live music and performing arts stage, youth and adult arts programs, entrepreneur training, and the Creative Business Incubator. The Incubator is an innovative approach to economic development that provides small businesses a space to develop and expand to an independent location. Businesses will be chosen for participation based on the feasibility of their business plan as well as the cultural value they add to the community. "The goal is to build a network of businesses that will strengthen and diversify the economy of our downtown area," says Executive Director Shanon Kelley. The Creative Business Incubator will host a series of unique startups, beginning with Rocky Top Record Shop which buys, sells, and trades high-quality vinyl records and record players. Rocky Top Record Shop also repairs record players, offers ultrasonic cleaning services for records and jewelry, and will host monthly music events. Focus on the arts will continue with programming made possible by the Tennessee Arts Commission: A series of six live music events coupled with art exhibitions and two youth art camps are planned for later this year. Additionally, open mike nights, Paint the Town classes, and after-school Art 4 Kids programs are on the schedule. The Grand Opening for the new venue is planned for August 4th at 7pm. The event will feature sounds of Black Atticus and Cornbread: Joseph Woods of Knoxville, also known as Black Atticus is a multifaceted performer and gifted wordsmith. His spoken word and hip hop embodies a genuine love of life, words, and music within his sound. John Paul Worley and Cornbred of Morristown, derive their eclectic sound from the depths of the holler. The band features keyboard and brass, and infuses elements of blues, jazz, and funk while keeping true to their Appalachian roots. Art on display is from Aaron Stewart Lewis Knapp, Berea, KY/Vero, FL., who lives life in pursuit of science, art, and mystery. Knapp's art is created from a belief that the purpose of art is to, “save the soul of humanity”. In 2011, he embarked on The Chemical Marriage, detailing his personal mystical journeys. “If experience is the engine of reality, then imagination is the fuel,” he says. Mr. Knapp will have several works on display and live performance art throughout the event. Calendar of Upcoming Events Saturday August 4th 6:45-11 Grand Opening with Live Music and Art Exhibition Friday, August 10th 2-4 Art 4 Kids Saturday, August 18th 7-9:30 Paint the Town Friday, August 24th 7-10 Vinyl Tunes Party with Live Painting Friday, September 7th 7PM-10PM Open Mike Jam Session Friday, September 14th 4PM-5:30PM Art 4 Kids Saturday, September 22nd 7PM-9:30PM Paint the Town Friday, September 28th 7PM-10PM Vinyl Tunes Party with Live Painting


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