Membership Drive – Share the Love

Director’s Letter:

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McKinney Center to host Second Annual Membership Drive

The McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School is proud to announce the launch of their second annual Membership Drive. The McKinney Center invites the community, friends, artists, and students to Share the Love to support the Center’s scholarship and event programs by raising $2,000 in membership donations. The annual Membership Drive will start January 25 and will run through February 28, 2021, with a goal of 100 members and membership renewals. You can even purchase a membership in memory or in honor of someone special in your life. Become a member HERE.

Benefits to members include early access to information through newsletters, member names listed on the McKinney Center website and certain printed publications throughout the year, and an invitation to a Members Only event in January of 2022. Current 2020 members will be invited to a “Pick-up Brunch” in February as we continue to maintain a safe environment for all.

“The arts matter because creativity is an infinite and enduring resource, one to draw upon in both the most joyous and the most challenging of moments.” Sarah Burford

2020 brought us all life-altering, challenging moments. During this challenging year, the McKinney Center was here for you. We strived to serve as a place for reflection and expression, moving quickly to adapt our programming to respond to the shifting norms. We provided comfort through storytelling in weekly “Story Time Live” sessions, provided hundreds of art activities for Jonesborough elementary and middle school students suddenly homebound, by preparing nearly 1,000 packaged art kits made available during school lunch pick-ups. We offered monthly community art challenges, with prizes from local businesses for the winners, we held online art classes and tutorials, a monthly online “Conversations that Matter” intended to lead to better community understanding, and held a series of fascinating online interviews and stories. The StoryTown Radio Show shifted immediately to a Livestream production. And when standards were put in place, the McKinney Center followed CDC guidelines to safely restart our fall arts education program. Despite the pandemic, we saw over 400 students, reached over 80,000 individuals on social media, and had over 6,000 visitors to the building. We persevered.

We are thankful to our current members, whose financial support allowed us to be an essential resource to our community as we began navigating the pandemic. The goal of this new membership drive is to grow to expand our reach, and continue to endure as that vital resource the region can draw upon through our most challenging, and most joyous of times.

Expanding our membership through this drive is critical as we move forward and transition toward some normality. With all of our successes, we, as all other organizations, experienced financial hardship. In-person classes were halted in the spring. Rental revenues came to a freeze. Large events such as Fine Art in the Park, the monthly radio show, Masterpiece Mingle, which provide funds that support our many programs, were all canceled. Each new membership, and each new renewal, is an investment in the McKinney Center’s future, as we strive to be a space in Historic Jonesborough that allows the arts to thrive for all people, to create community, to allow individuals to innovate and express themselves, and to provide space for constant learning.

For more information, please call 423.753.0562 or contact Theresa Hammons at

Thank you!

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