East Blog: Delaney, Beck & more

Susan EspirituEast Knox, Our Town Neighbors

Restoring an important piece of Knoxville’s African-American art history, the Beck Cultural Exchange Center’s Delaney House Restoration is bringing to reality a project from a few years ago that will continue to tell the story of Beauford and Joseph Delaney, well-known 20th-century African American artists.

This project aligns with the Beck Center’s mission to preserve Black history and culture in East Tennessee. Renovation of the brothers’ former home includes design of a bedroom into a Parisian-style apartment to reproduce one Beauford would have stayed in during his time living abroad. The apartment will be used by visiting artists. The project was honored with the 2018 Annette Anderson Directors’ Award.

Rachel Abernathy says being a Beck Center Ambassador is a meaningful experience and she encourages others to join the volunteer staff. Anyone who has questions about volunteering may contact Charles Battaglia here.

Beck Center was named one of the “Best Volunteer Opportunities for Art Lovers.”

Battlefield Farm is looking for 5 local African American youth to engage in a farm-based experiential learning program centered around organic methods to generate food crops amid East Knoxville’s recognized food deserts.

Applicants must me 14-18 years old and agree to work 10 hours a week for 10 weeks from June through August. Intern pay rate is $15 per hour. Application window is open through April 1. Info at www.Battlefieldfarm.org

The Black History 101 Mobile Museum is an award-winning collection of 10,000 artifacts of Black memorabilia dating from slave trade to hip-hop culture. It is a free event open to the public from 10-4 on Saturday, February 25, at the Beck Cultural Exchange Center. Professor Griff from Public Enemy will be the event facilitator.

Join Susan Bradford at the Guy B. Love Towers Social Hall for free classes each Tuesday at 3 p.m. Find the class that fits your need and join us for a time of learning and fun.

Join the Knoxville Area Urban League on Tuesday, February 28, at 6 p.m. for the free class in personal finance, expense and income management including investing. Look for the signs at the Urban League office at 1514 E. Fifth Ave.

FiAKnoxville are free workouts for women only. They always meet outdoors in heat or cold, rain or shine with a 45- to 60-minute workout. Women of all ages and fitness levels are encouraged to join as workouts are easy to modify. Workouts are peer-led, so leaders are not trained fitness professionals, but other women who want to become better and stronger by working out together. Just show up! We usually use a yoga mat and light hand weights in our workouts, but if you don’t have those just yet, don’t worry — someone always has some to share. The Anchor meets at Carl Cowan Park on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 8:15 a.m. Info here.

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