For decades, First Horizon Foundation has provided philanthropic support to uplift and enrich communities across the Southeast.
With more than $100 million contributed, grants have been provided to reinforce the efforts of nonprofit partners and their programs and initiatives.
As the foundation invests in nonprofit organizations across the Southeast, it will continue to target investments that are pillars of a strong community.
First Horizon recently presented a check for $2,000 to Rose Center to help with continued operations of the center and for support of the arts in the Lakeway Area.
In 1976, Rose Center Council for the Arts was established from a grassroots effort to preserve the local history of Hamblen County, to provide access to communal space for general public use, and to ensure access to high quality art exhibits, performances, and concerts, as well as to provide arts education to the general public.
Since that time, Rose Center and Council for the Arts has grown to function as a regional arts and cultural hub in East Tennessee. In recognition of the efforts made by Rose Center, the Tennessee Arts Commission named Rose Center Council for the Arts as a Designated Agency serving five East Tennessee counties: Hamblen, Jefferson, Cocke, Grainger and Claiborne. Rose Center, along with numerous local, regional, and national partnering organizations work hard to ensure this effort is sustained for future generations.
Rose Center Council for the Arts is housed in the historic Rose School in Morristown. The organization maintains the building and grounds for the City of Morristown, which owns the historic building.
Despite having roots in local history, most residents of Hamblen and surrounding counties likely know of Rose Center and Council for the Arts through attending one of many cultural events produced each year.
The Mountain Makins Festival, which takes place in October, is an award-winning festival that showcases some of the highest quality artisan offerings and crafts, while showcasing some of the best regional musical talent around the area. The festival celebrates early Appalachian folklife and offers the curious a multitude of demonstrations of art and craft making. The festival is one of many events each year, but is by far the largest, which draws crowds in the thousands across a three-day weekend. Throughout the remainder of the calendar year Rose Center Council for the Arts produces concerts, hosts theatrical productions, promotes the work of visual artists through exhibits, and also hosts a spring festivals and other events to engage the community. Whenever possible, events are made free to the public to enjoy.
Arts and community education programs are also a huge part of the Rose Center mission. With classes for children to seniors, Rose Center offers a variety of personal wellness, art, and life skills classes such as yoga, painting, drawing, ballroom dance, cake decorating and sewing. In addition to individual students, Rose Center also provides operational space to local community groups such as the Morristown Art Association, the Morristown Theatre Guild, Lions Club and the Morristown Task Force on Diversity to name only a few.
Rose Center and Council for the Arts is primarily supported by private and public donations, as well as grants, memberships, and the work of volunteers.