Rose Center is a community cultural center serving the people of Hamblen and surrounding counties. The center is housed in the Rose School, Morristown’s first public school, on West 2nd North Street.
Several festivals and events are held annually at Rose Center, the largest of which is the three-day long Mountain Makins Festival. Each fall, the festival presents more than 60 juried crafts, two music stages, delicious food, demonstrators of traditional crafts, a special area for children’s activities, the Country Store and the Friday Night Preview Reception.
The From Africa to Appalachia celebration takes place each February in conjunction with Black History Month. The celebration features speakers, an exhibit of artwork, performances by church choirs, community service awards, traditional foods and many special programs.
Rose Center Council for the Arts, with support from the Hamblen County United Way, is also responsible for programs within the Hamblen County schools, including Picture Person, exhibits of student artwork and Community Artists in Schools. Each year, more than 2,000 students tour Rose Center at no charge.
“Music At The Rose” is a series of performances featuring exemplars of various musical traditions. This series and other Rose Center programs are supported by grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the East Tennessee Foundation.
For more information about Rose Center Council for the Arts cultural programs, call 423-581-4330.