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Tennessee Theatre Youth Arts Alliance

The Tennessee Theatre is committed to making the arts accessible to everyone.

The Tennessee Theatre Youth Arts Alliance education outreach program was founded in 2007 by the Tennessee Theatre, Knox County Schools and corporate partner Quantum Environmental & Engineering Services, LLC (QE2) with the hope that if school-age children attend world-class performances in one of the most well-known theaters in the region, they would leave the experience enriched and inspired.

Goals for the Tennessee Theatre Youth Arts Alliance include:

  • Engage disadvantaged youth in the performing arts
  • Encourage cultural, musical and theatrical education
  • Expose students to a range of musical influences and career paths in the performing arts
  • Provide students with tickets to world-class performances - free of cost to the students
  • Introduce youth to the Tennessee Theatre and downtown Knoxville

Patrick Mulligan, Vice President of Business Development for QE2, states that "One of the truly wonderful things about Knoxville is the quality and variety of the performing arts available - everything from roots to the classics to international performance. Teaching our youth to appreciate these will strengthen and invigorate our local assets and give a gift to our youngsters that they will carry with them and enjoy for life."

Since its first year, the Youth Arts Alliance has received over 1,300 ticket requests from groups and schools in the area and the number increases regularly.  The program relies on grant money and generous donations from individuals and businesses in the community in order to fulfill these requests for tickets. Unfortunately, as demand for tickets increases, not every request can be fulfilled without proper funding.   

To requests tickets for a group of students or youth, please download the Ticket Application form and return to the Tennessee Theatre box office. If you have any questions or need additional information, please call 865-684-1200 option 2.

For more information on how you or your business can support the Tennessee Theatre Youth Arts Alliance, please contact Susan Rodenbeck at 865-684-1143.