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Arts in full swing this fall at Rose Center

Free admission for art projects, plus a variety of classes are for all ages at Morristown arts center.
Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 5:48 PM EDT
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MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (WVLT) -

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to draw, yearn to strum a ukulele or are curious about clogging, you can do it all at the Rose Center in Morristown. After months of closed doors during the pandemic, the historic Rose School building has been opening for various programs during the summer. Now, the center is offering a full slate of opportunities for fall.

“Music it kind of helps me get over my fears and stuff,” said Stephanie Bible in ukulele class with instructor Joy Goodman. She said she made friends in the class with Caroline Best. Caroline said playing and singing music helps her overcome the challenge of tourette syndrome. “Music helps me stop ticcing...that’s quite literally the best thing that’s ever happened to me.”

Students Caydence Kess and Camden Lynch are learning piano as well as ukulele. “I know how to read and play by ear,” said Caydence. Camden said, “Ms. Joy says to practice at least 20 minutes or more a day.”

Executive Director Beccy Hamm said being fully open to offer a variety of music and art classes is vital to Morristown and the surrounding five-county community Rose Center serves. “And it helps us all just find what’s deep inside of us and express it. That’s just so important, whether it’s music or dance, art or acting, get those kids in the arts and help them to heal from all this and to find their passions.”

“You get to express yourself in a bunch of ways that you can’t when you do other things,” said Caydence about playing the piano.

“It helps them cope with all of their feelings they’ve had to go through these last months” said Hamm.

The Rose Center is hosting its Midsummer Social on Saturday, July 30. Get tickets and more details about the live jazz, food and art auction plus giveaways here.

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