Knoxville Museum of Art Features Artwork by Rural East Tennessee Youth

September 30, 2008

Ceramics and photographs created by migrant and local youth will be on display at the Knoxville Museum of Art from October 1 through October 30, 2008. The public is invited to a reception celebrating the exhibition Sunday, October 12, 2 – 5pm.

This multi-media exhibition is the result of Telamon Corporation’s successful collaboration with Rhea County Migrant Education Program and The University of Tennessee Extension 4-H Programs in Cocke, Rhea, and Bledsoe counties. The artwork was created by over 40 children ages 9 through 16, from both migrant farm worker families and rural Tennessee families, as part of Telamon’s statewide Youth Initiative, Growing Tennessee: Rural Youth Cultivate Common Ground. The program seeks to unite youth and adults from various cultural backgrounds through community based art projects. The program is made possible by funding from Office of Head Start, Tennessee Arts Commission, and Peyton Manning’s PeyBack Foundation, as well as donations of digital cameras from Olympus America Incorporated.

About Telamon

Telamon Corporation, founded in 1965, provides employment and training services, early childhood programs, housing, and other initiatives in eleven states. Since 1995 Telamon has been the only provider of Migrant and Seasonal Head Start services in Tennessee . The children and families of migrant and seasonal agricultural workers receive education, nutrition, health, and social services at five childcare centers across the state.