The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville, in cooperation with the local arts community, is proud to announce the seventh year of Penny4Arts, a program developed to meet the local arts community’s long-term goal of serving and educating East Tennessee’s children.

Penny4Arts provides every child in Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Pickett, Roane, Scott, Sevier, and Union counties, including home-schooled and private-schooled students, an opportunity to attend local arts and culture events/activities by over 25 organizations at the maximum cost of ONE PENNY (or FREE) when accompanied by one paying adult during the 2016/2017 academic school year. Most organizations allow up to three children to attend for free when accompanied by a paying adult.


Concerts, fairs, plays, dance performances, historic home tours, fairs, museums, festivals, arts workshops, radio broadcasts, movies, and more are part of Penny4Arts. Organizations whose admission is regularly free are offering special programs. Like us on Facebook for all of the latest updates:


Nearly 100 events are included in Penny4Arts, and in addition, nine organizations offer year-round opportunities for Knox County School children: Blount Mansion, Crescent Bend House & Gardens, East Tennessee Historical Society, Historic Ramsey House, James White’s Fort, Knoxville Museum of Art, Mabry-Hazen House, Marble Springs State Historic Site, and WDVX-FM Radio.


The schedule of performances is listed chronologically at, where families may also sign up for weekly event notices. Highlights include:

+ Six productions by the Clarence Brown Theatre

+ Eight Masterworks and four Chamber concerts by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

+ Tuesday, September 13 – Free Admission Day at Tennessee Valley Fair (Knox County residents only)

+ Sunday, September 25 – Free Admission Day at Zoo Knoxville (Knox County residents only)

+ And more!


Most participating events will allow one paying adult to bring up to three students for one penny each.

Proof of residency (driver’s license) may be required. Students ages 16-18, not accompanied by an adult, may be asked to show proof of residency and if in a group, at least one in the group of up to four students ages 16-18 must purchase a regular adult admission/ticket (if applicable) for the group to be able to participate in Penny4Arts. Each participating organization’s specific guidelines are also listed on the Penny4Arts web site.


The following 26 organizations are participating in Penny4Arts for the 2016/2017 school year: Asian Culture Center of Tennessee, Bijou Theatre, Blount Mansion Association, Clarence Brown Theatre, Crescent Bend House & Gardens, Dogwood Arts, East Tennessee Historical Society, Go! Contemporary Dance Works, Historic Ramsey House, James White’s Fort, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville Opera, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Mabry-Hazen House, Marble Springs State Historic Site, McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture, Momentum Dance Lab, The Muse Knoxville, Oak Ridge Civic Music Association, Pasion Flamenca, Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble, Tennessee Stage Company, Tennessee Valley Fair, WDVX, Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, and Zoo Knoxville.

For more information, please visit, or contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543 or