Virtual Arts Advocacy Day 2023


We need your help telling Legislators about the value of the arts in your community. We want to provide you with tools to help you focus your communication and fold your story into TFTA’s “one voice, one message” strategy. We are asking you to join with fellow Arts Advocates to amplify our voice for the arts in Tennessee through our support of the Specialty License Plate program and grants awarded by the Tennessee Arts Commission. With your participation, TFTA’s “one voice” is louder and “one message” stronger.

For two decades, Tennesseans for the Arts (TFTA) has held Arts Advocacy Day in Nashville during The General Assembly’s legislative session. The past two years have been a FREE Virtual Arts Advocacy Day which was a huge success and allowed for greater attendance and support. As much as we miss seeing your beautiful faces, we will keep Arts Advocacy Day free and virtual this year to allow more people the chance to participate because NUMBERS MATTER!

Join us for our Virtual Arts Advocacy “Day on the Hill” this March 9, 2023. Arts Advocacy Day 2023 is free to all Tn4Arts Members! If you are not a member, please consider joining today, and we ask you to please spread the word about becoming a member of TFTA and joining us for Arts Advocacy Day 2023 because NUMBERS MATTER! 

If you feel inclined to do a little extra, we have added a Donate to TFTA feature below and would appreciate the support, but that is entirely your choice.


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Tennesseeans for the Arts works with Local Arts Organizations. From major cultural institutions to grass-roots community centers, TFTA acts as a unified voice that supports the Arts for all Tennesseans.

Artists on Location 2023

The Guild of the Knoxville Museum of Art presents Artists on Location 2023, a Plein Air Painting Event

From Monday, April 17 through Friday, April 21, talented artists selected through a careful, juried process will be painting outdoors in and around the Knoxville area. The public is invited to watch AOL’s artists in action as they capture a wide variety of subject matter on canvas, from urban street scenes to pastoral garden settings. These paintings will be sold on Saturday, April 22 at KMA. The event is free and open to the public and will include a cash bar. Proceeds of the sale will benefit both participating artists and the Knoxville Museum of Art.


Dover Signature Properties Logo

G&G Interiors Knoxville Logo

Ancient Lore Village
David Butler & Ted Smith
Emily & David Cox
Harper Auto Square
Richard Jansen
Laws Interiors
Leslie & Ken Parent

Ann & Steve Bailey
BarberMcMurry Architects
June & Rob Heller
Sandy & Frank Steer
John Trotter

Pandy Anderson
Barbara and Steve Apking
Mary Hugh and Al Bedinger
Julia and Gary Bentley
Lisa Carroll
Diane and Daniel Carter
Johnnie and Bryant Creel
Victoria Daniel-Cape
Natalie and Jared Dowling
Judy Doyle
Maribeth and Fred Ergen
Susan and Kent Farris
Janet and Russell Greer
Linda and John Haynes
Lane Hays
Harriet and Fred Hodge
Lisa and Mike Hooper
Courtney and Garrett Jernigan
Suzanne Jack and Tom Scott
Karen and Reinhold Mann
Geri and Bill Muse
Mimi and Milton Turner
Gail and Carl VanHoozier
Jackie Wilson
Simonne and Taylor Wortham

This project is supported, in whole or in part, by the federal award number SLFRP5534 awarded to the State of Tennessee by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Kick-Off to Summer 2023

Dance the night away at the KMA – Kick-Off to Summer returns!

The evening will feature I Love This Band, a 12-piece group with nonstop energy, with heavy hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chef Holly Hambright of Holly’s Eventful Catering.

$125 per person; must be 21 years or older.


For inquiries, please contact Carla May Paré at (865) 934-2043 or


Ann & Steve Bailey


Axle Logistics
Annie & David Colquitt
Bill & Crissy Haslam
June & Rob Heller
Vicki Kinser

Grand Patrons
David Butler & Ted Smith
Richard Jansen
Lederer Family
Parkview Senior Living
Jeanie & Ed Sims
The Trust Company of Tennessee

George & Beulah Baddour
Tommy & Tiffany Siler
Caesar & Dorothy Stair

KMA Book Club: June 2023

Discussing The Night Portrait by Laura Morelli

A USA Today bestseller!

Two women of art. Two men of war. One painting. One obsession. An exciting, dual-timeline historical novel about the creation of one of Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous paintings, Portrait of a Lady with an Ermine, and the woman who fought to save it from Nazi destruction during World War II.

Milan, 1492: When a 16-year-old beauty becomes the mistress of the Duke of Milan, she must fight for her place in the palace–and against those who want her out. Soon, she finds herself sitting before Leonardo da Vinci, who wants to ensure his own place in the ducal palace by painting his most ambitious portrait to date.

Munich, World War II: After a modest conservator unwittingly places a priceless Italian Renaissance portrait into the hands of a high-ranking Nazi leader, she risks her life to recover it, working with an American soldier, part of the famed Monuments Men team, to get it back.

Two women, separated by 500 years, are swept up in the tide of history as one painting stands at the center of their quests for their own destinies.

The KMA Book Club meets every four months to review an inspiring piece of literature that relates our lives to artists, history, and culture!
Contact Margo Clark,, for details.
Free and open to the public!

This project is supported, in whole or in part, by the federal award number SLFRP5534 awarded to the State of Tennessee by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

2023 Summer Art Academy

Summer Art Academy
June 5-July 28, 2023

The Knoxville Museum of Art’s Summer Art Academy offers quality educational opportunities that will ignite your child’s imagination through drawing, painting, sculpture, and more! Summer Art Academy will continue to offer classes and workshops for ages 3-17. Workshops will be held in Bailey Hall, the Sarah Jane Hardrath Kramer Education Center, and Martin Studio. Partial and full scholarships will continue to be offered first come, first served; as monies allow.

2023 Summer Art Academy Brochure



For more information, call (865) 525-6101 ext. 241 or e-mail

Presenting Sponsor
Publix Super Markets Charities

Leader Sponsors
The Ponzio Family
L’Amour du Vin Fund-A-Cause

Sustaining Sponsors
Axle Logistics

Emerson Automation Solutions
Michael Mervis/Zilber Family Foundation

This project is supported, in whole or in part, by the federal award number SLFRP5534 awarded to the State of Tennessee by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

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