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Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts is committed to inspiring the people of our area through both the appreciation of and participation in the arts as a form of personal and collective expression. Located in the McKinney Center at the historic Booker T. Washington School, the objective of the program is to bring the community at large closer together and show as an example to other communities the creative influence that the arts can bring to their quality of life. The program implements the various forms of art (visual, theatre, dance, music) using multicultural influences as a means of demonstrating the many avenues through which ideas can be expressed.
The building was renamed after it was renovated, it was once the Booker T. Washington School. The name honors the McKinney family whose members made great contributions to the town of Jonesborough. Ernest L. McKinney served as a principal of Booker T. Washington School and served as the first African-American alderman of Jonesborough, voted into office on April 4, 1968.
The McKinney Center houses the Mary B. Martin Program fro the Arts. The arts program is designed to inspire area residents through appreciation for and participation in the various forms of art and expression. The comprehensive arts program offers a variety of educational opportunities for learning such as drawing, painting, mosaics, theatre, dance, and music.