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Poster by Gwyn Pevonka
In October 2018, David Johnson traveled to a monastery, Christ in the Desert, just outside of Abiquiu, New Mexico. There, in this profoundly quiet place, he reflected on his True Identity, using his journal and camera as tools of exploration. Questions abounded. Epiphanies did not. But then, such deep, existential questions rarely yield quick, simple answers.
The 2018 Farm Bill just passed and this means big changes for the Hemp industry, especially for an agricultural state like Tennessee. Joe Fox, CEO/Co-founder of Blühen Botanicals, plans to present an overview of the Knoxville-grown business -- how it came to be, where it's been, and where it's going -- as well as share educational information about the differences between hemp and marijuana, the wellness applications of hemp, and the economic boost hemp farming and processing represents for Tennessee. Joe also plans to share his insights on the rapid evolution of the industry and how it is going to have an exponential positive impact on the lives of those in the Knoxville community -- both economically and environmentally -- for years to come.
In 2014, Samantha Lane was a workaholic living the deferred life plan. During a series of compilations resulting from a planned surgery, she realized that life can be short and her priorities were off. From that moment on, she started shaping the life she wanted by folding paper.
Kelsey Prater, a portrait photographer based in Knoxville, has been shooting professionally for eight years (and even longer for fun!). Photography has carried her through some of her darkest times, including the death of loved ones. As she’s honed her creative practice, it’s been the primary way she’s learned to cultivate joy.
As a genuinely good sport, Chris McAdoo willingly subjects himself to the whims of the PKN Knoxville organizers, who created this slideshow by combining several of Chris’ previous talks. Prior to seeing them along with the audience, Chris had no idea what slides would appear. Let’s see what happens!
Andrea Bailey Cox has spent the last twenty years working in cultural nonprofits. Her current role is leading the Aslan Foundation. The Aslan Foundation, founded in 1994, focuses its support on advancing livability, preserving beauty, and supporting cultural assets in Knoxville.
In our rural East Tennessee farming communities, the very places where crops are grown to feed the world, many face food insecurity and the issues associated with it. Jen Patterson speaks about the Century Harvest Farms Foundation and its focus on empowering and engaging with people from all backgrounds to improve the health and wellness of our rural East Tennessee communities through work centered programming and access to fresh produce.