The Rogersville Arts Council was founded by a group of citizens with a passion and appreciation for the uniqueness of our region and the art that it created. They saw a need to keep the arts and culture of our region alive through a variety of programs which expose and encourage members of the community to learn and embrace our unique heritage. Rogersville is one of the oldest towns in Tennessee and has a rich history steeped in storytelling, music, performing arts and so much more. As our community grows and evolves, we feel it's imperative to preserve what makes our region special and the Rogersville Arts Council is committed to keeping our heritage alive.
Many of the residents of Hawkins County have a long line of generations who have helped enrich the uniqueness of our culture. We are proud of where we've come from, our resourcefulness, our resilience and our creativity. We are fortunate to have many people within our community who have been taught a variety of art forms, passed on through their generations.
The Arts Council not only supports and encourages the arts of our Appalachian Heritage, but we also support and encourage contemporary art forms. Here, there is something for everyone and we hope you will join us in our mission to support the arts in our great community!
April is the President of the Arts Council and is owner of The Factory dance and fitness studio. She has been actively involved in dance and the arts in the Rogersville community since 2003 when she moved to Rogersville. Dance has always been a big part of her life and has been a great form of self-expression, much like other forms of art. She has been a member of the Rogersville Arts Council for three years and is also actively involved in the Rogersville Main Street program.
Amanda is a vocalist and singing teacher from Morristown. She holds Bachelor and Master degrees in vocal performance from Carson-Newman College and Belmont University, respectively. She has served as Music Director at Barton Springs Presbyterian Church in Morristown since 2011 and has taught voice lessons and led children’s and adult choirs in the Lakeway area since 2009, including serving as Adjunct Faculty at Walters State Community College. Amanda serves as a special educator with Washington County Schools.
Winnie teaches Senior English and Speech and Communications at Cherokee High School. She also is the choreographer and assistant director for musicals.
In addition to supporting the arts in as many ways possible, Winnie enjoys singing, dancing, playing the trumpet, reading, writing poetry, creating bad art, traveling, cheering on her sons in band and in football. She makes a home with her husband, two sons, two dogs, and two cats.
Danielle is the Marketing & Communications Manager for Holston Medical Group and has been a resident of Rogersville since 2004, involved with the Rogersville Arts Council since 2018. Danielle has a BA in Liberal Arts from Purdue University and enjoys working with various community organizations to help them further their mission. Danielle is also involved with the Rotary Club of Hawkins County and the Cherokee High School Soccer Booster Club.
Serving as a RAC board member since 2015, Anna is a dancer, choreographer, and dance teacher from Morristown. Since age 3, she has studied, performed, and taught a variety of dance styles, notably tap, jazz, and contemporary. She has danced with UT Dance Company and Dance Society, Momentum Dance Lab, and Black Pants Girls in Knoxville, and now teaches at Studio 180 Dance in Morristown.
After spending more than 20 years in the Corporate and Government Regulatory Compliance industry, Tonya decided to give up the city life and move to the country (Eidson, TN). There she has spent several years getting back to her creative roots. Now known as "The Homestead Honey", Tonya has taught herself how to run a genuine homestead and co-founded Heritage Star Farm. In addition to her artistic talents, Tonya is a genealogist and 18th century living history educator, spending much of her time educating and reminding the community about the founding of our great country and the local area.
Cris Ball Griffin
Cris Griffin is a Rogersville native who began playing bluegrass music with her family when she was 10 years old. She has been involved with the Rogersville Arts Council since 2011 when she performed in the “Smoke on the Mountain” production. She has also played guitar and sang in a Disney song showcase and several Christmas variety shows through the Arts Council. You can often find Cris performing solo acoustic shows around town. Cris is excited for the opportunity to help the Rogersville Arts Council plan and organize events in the area so that the arts can thrive in our town and so her three children will have opportunities to learn about arts and culture, especially those things that are unique to our area.
To stimulate and support the development and appreciation of the arts for citizens of Rogersville and Hawkins Co.