July 13th, 2017 | 52 mins 42 secs
arrowmont, arts, arts advocacy, bill may, education, gatlinburg, jennifer willard, learning
In the past few years, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, has risen from the ashes (both figuratively and literally) and Director Bill May has been through it all. Creative thinking and a supportive community have been at the heart of Arrowmont, one of the world's most admired arts & crafts schools, for over a century. We dig into what it takes to stay curious, stay creative, stay relevant, and what it really means to contribute. In other words, Bill believes we're all born curious and creative AND we have a responsibility to use those qualities to contribute to a better community...so what will you create next?
May 15th, 2017 | 55 mins 9 secs
after school, arts, arts advocacy, education, jennifer willard, knoxville, learning, music
Episode 9 of Enjoyable Listen Time - Our conversation continues with Jennifer Willard- mentor, artist, and executive director of the Community School of the Arts. We dig deep into what exposure to the arts, and the ability to create, can mean to a young person, and what it can mean to a community...and why it's SO IMPORTANT to fight for the arts in schools. One of our favorite take aways from Jennifer - "The things you can control are the things you create".
Based in downtown Knoxville, TN, The Community School of the Arts is a nationally recognized after school organization teaching visual and performing arts to underserved communities since 1992. Their motto is "Define your art. Define yourself. Define your future." Learn more and learn how you can contribute: csaknox.org
March 23rd, 2017 | 47 mins 19 secs
alan sims, blogger, blogging, education, history, knoxville, local advocacy, photography, tennessee
In this week’s Enjoyable Listen Time podcast, we chat with writer/blogger/ex-librarian and all around good dude, Alan Sims. Learn how this self-professed introvert exposed himself to new opportunities, hard work and uncomfortable places to become the “Knoxville Urban Guy.” Alan’s blog, Inside of Knoxville, has grown from a side project to a full-time gig with 80,000 visitors a month AND he’s hosting “KnoxCentric”, a weekly radio show on WUTK Radio.