The Arts Center in Mountain City TN. Photo By Tamas Mondovics

By Bethany Anderson

The Arts Center is entering its second year. Now that renovations to the building are nearing completion, the focus has shifted reaching all segments of Johnson County’s population, including Youth, Seniors, and people living with disabilities.
“Participating in the Arts builds confidence and resilience,” said Cristy Dunn, Executive Director. “Benefits include improved grades in school, a reduced risk of Alzheimers and Dementia as we age, building social connections, and reduced rates of dependency on drugs and alcohol. We hope that the Center for the Arts can become a resource for all residents of Johnson County.”
More than thirty local artists are represented at the center. A dedicated group of volunteers keep the doors open and strive to make everyone feel welcome.
Classes currently scheduled include Glaze your
own Christmas Ornaments, Jewelry making, Leather
Earrings, and the Fundamentals of Drawing and
Painting.
Beginning in February, Leather Working classes, an Illuminated Manuscript Workshop, Paper Mosaics, and a Charcoal Portrait class will all be offered. The Arts Center will also soon provide monthly family STEAM Challenges, where Math, Science, and Engineering meet the Arts and Design.
A grant from Tennessee Arts Commission currently allows seniors and Youth to take classes at a reduced rate.
The Arts Center also schedules a special class for
the Senior Center on the
last Wednesday of every month.
“The Arts make our lives richer and fuller and
empower us to weather the storms of life. We love to
see people discover their talents and connect with others in the Arts community,” Dunn said.
You can find more information at www.jocoartcenter.org.