JOHNSON CITY – Local music venue The Down Home will present “A Soirée of Song and Story” on Saturday, April 20 as a fundraiser for Johnson City Public Library’s arts education program in 2019. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the door or online at downhome.com/events for $20. Other donations are also much appreciated.
Featured performers include musicians The Brother Boys, Richard Hood, and The Dependents; storyteller Molly Catron; and poets Jesse Graves and Rita Sims Quillen. The entertainment will have a strong connection to the southern Appalachian tradition celebrated by both the library and The Down Home for many years.
Since 2017, Johnson City Public Library has provided skills-focused arts workshops led by professional artists from various disciplines. These classes, known as “Artful Aging,” offer people 50 years and up the chance to explore new skills in a welcoming atmosphere. Past workshops include Appalachian music, storytelling, poetry, acting, sculpture and photography.
Lisa Williams, JCPL Adult Services Librarian, says, “participants just can’t get enough of the inspiration, connection, expertise and self-expression offered in these workshops.” Williams notes that it is inspirational to see people learn new skills later in life. “Even if they’ve never touched an instrument, stood on a stage, or penned a poem in their lives,” she says, “participants learn something new and then get to share their finished, original works with the community.” The library is committed to offering these opportunities for emerging artists at little or no charge.
For more information on the upcoming fundraiser, contact Lisa Williams at 423-434-4356 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about and donate to Johnson City Public Library’s Artful Aging program at https://www.jcpl.org/artful-aging/.