Maker Opportunities

Exhibits

First Friday Artwalk | Downtown Knoxville

A variety of businesses, arts organizations, and galleries host events each month for the Downtown Knoxville First Friday ArtWalk. If you are interested in exhibiting your work in a downtown venue with a First Friday opening, review the list of venues that are actively looking to connect with artists on the Downtown Knoxville website.

Artist feature | BLÜHEN botanicals

Blühen Botanicals’ retail space at 111 E. Jackson Ave. is available for artists to exhibit their work during First Friday Art Walks. The space is sleek and modern, and there is a track hanging system for the purpose of displaying paintings and photographs. Space is also available for three-dimensional pieces. 

Prior to booking the event, the artist must view the space with Blühen event manager Casey Brooks. Also, the artist must have enough pieces to adequately fill the space. Blühen is also open to hosting events with multiple artists. Download the artist feature requirements and details here. If you’re interested in exhibiting or have questions, email Casey at cbrooks@bluhenbotanicals.com.


Promotional

MAKER CITY ARTIST PROFILE VIDEO | KNOXVILLE WEEKEND

The Maker City partners with Knoxville Weekend to produce a monthly :60 - :90 maker video which airs during Fox43 News in the Morning as they’re released, is promoted on KW social, and lives on knoxvilleweekend.com forever! Featured makers may choose to have a custom :45 - :60 video edited from video footage shot during The Maker City shoot for only $350. $1,200 value.

Check out Adan Akerman’s profile for reference here!

To get your video edited, contact phoffman@wtnzfox43.com.

If a maker isn’t a featured artist in a Maker City video, but is interested in a similar video produced by KW, we will offer the non-profit rate of $720.

Living East Tennessee | WATE

Are you looking for unique ways to showcase your business? Living East Tennessee is a local lifestyle program airing on WATE. Launched in September 2018, Living East Tennessee is hosted by Erin Barnett and Kelli Parker, both veteran television personalities in East Tennessee. Kelli and Erin bring the stories of East Tennessee to life through engaging and entertaining content, and connect the community with local businesses, events and causes that impact life in our area. Living East Tennessee offers several ways for you, our friends and neighbors, to get involved with the show. If you would like your product or service showcased on Living East Tennessee, please contact Lifestyle Producer Justin Young at livingetn@wate.com


Retail

Knoxville Museum of Art | MUSEum shop

Susan Creswell, manager of the KMA Museum Shop, invites makers to consider showing and selling their items in the KMA gift shop. The shop operates on a consignment basis with a 50-50 split. Makers interested in submitting work for consideration should email photos or a link to your website to screswell@knoxart.org


SPACE

Commercial rental | Petty Welding

Approximately 800 sq. ft. inside, with 2800 sq. ft. of fenced parking area and 600 sq. ft. of covered storage area available for $1000/month. Wifi, dumpster, water, and security cameras onsite. They would love to see the shop space used by someone who really needs it and are willing to rent to more than one person to cut costs. For more information, email info@pettywelding.com.

Located at 2112 E. Magnolia Ave

Knoxville Shared Maker’s Shop | Old North Designs

Old North’s Shared Shop is coming soon. You could call it a Maker Space, artist collective, or shared industrial space. At its core, their goal is to provide a growing resource for those interested in pursuing a trade to make a living. They hope to offer the shared shop for $250/mo which gets you a workbench with about 150 sqft and access to industrial equipment. Read more and add your info to the Shared Shop list here.


Grants

City of Knoxville Suffrage Celebration Seed Fund

Mayor Madeline Rogero and Knoxville City Council have allocated $25,000 to support the community in celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920 that guaranteed a woman’s right to vote. The mission of the Suffrage Seed Fund is to empower the community to celebrate and raise awareness of Tennessee’s pivotal role in the quest for woman suffrage. The Suffrage Seed Fund, which will be managed by the Knox County Public Library Foundation, will be used to fund educational and arts programming in Knoxville. The funding will be distributed based on the applications that best meet the criteria in grants that range from $100 to $5,000. More information here.

Deadline: 10/1/19


Jobs/Positions

Artist in Residence - Exhibitions | Tennessee Tech University

The Artist in Residence - Exhibitions at the Appalachian Center for Craft, Tennessee Tech University, will provide a creative, residential environment for emerging professional artists and to broaden student and faculty awareness of new approaches and techniques. Artists in Residence play an important role in managing the exhibitions program. The AIR is responsible for exhibition spaces including installing and closing of exhibits, and corresponds with artists and coordinates on all aspects of the exhibition process. A complete position summary and application procedure is available here.

Youth Arts Initiative | Boys and Girls Club

The Boys and Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley received a grant this past year with a focus on developing a new program, the Youth Arts Initiative (YAI), that exposes youth to high quality arts programming and hiring Practicing Professional Teaching Artists. If you have a desire to teach teens who have a desire to be artists, and you want to inspire the youth with what you do and what you are passionate about, this is for you! The available positions include:

  • Artist in Clubhouse

  • Paid Professional Teaching Arts

  • Arts Youth Development Professional for the Infuse Center

  • Youth Services Coordinator for the Infuse Center

Apply here.


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