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Community Outreach

The Bijou Theatre Foundation serves to enhance the cultural development of Knoxville by providing all-inclusive access to the arts and creating a gathering place for all. In an effort to further this mission, the Bijou has developed a Community Outreach Grant Program to donate the use of the theatre and staff to Knox County non-profits for the presentation of an event to increase the accessibility of both our stage and our auditorium.

We’re proud to partner with the following 2020 Grant Awardees and further their impact in our community:


The John T. O’Connor Senior Center Band , affectionately known as the “The Amazing Geezer Band” presents “A Tribute to America” on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 POSTPONED.

This show will take you on a musical tour of our country with a lovely solute to our veterans.  The O’Connor Senior Center Geezer Band has participants ranging in age from 55-85, proving that it is never too late to learn something new!
The O’Connor Center Band was established in September 2013.  This early edition of the band consisted of 7 members: 3 trumpets, 2 clarinets. 1 trombone and the director, Linda Edwards.  They performed their first concert that December and the group has been growing ever since to our current membership of 44.

The band is mostly made up of people who, once upon a time, played an instrument in their junior or senior high school band, some as many as 50+ years ago and there are a few players who have started from scratch, never having previously played a musical instrument or having any prior musical knowledge.  There are a couple of folks who are experienced musicians in other genres (dulcimer, vocal, piano) but who never played a wind instrument.  They are doing it now!

Learn more about the John T. O’ Connor Senior Center


The Wesley House Community Center presents the PACE Showcase: Exploring the world through the eyes of Wesley House youth! on Thursday, July 23, 2020 POSTPONED.

Join the Wesley House Community Center as they showcase their Performing Arts and Cultural Education, or PACE, program. This event will take you on a journey around the world with the Wesley House students through dance, theatre, physical art and more!

Wesley House serves some of Knoxville’s most under-resourced families. Many of their students live within 10 minutes of the Bijou, but have never had the chance to experience a show there. The partnership between Wesley House and the Bijou Theatre will allow our youth to understand Knoxville’s rich history and learn a whole new perspective of their city. This showcase will empower Wesley House’s students to grow in their confidence, share their culture and hone in on their abilities and passions.

Learn more about Wesley House Community Center


Circle Modern Dance presents their 30th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, August 8, 2020 POSTPONED.

Join Original Founding Members, Past Members, and Current Members of Circle Modern Dance for an eclectic and exciting evening of performances that celebrate 30 years of dancing together in Knoxville! 

This special free performance at The Bijou Theater is a celebration of the organization’s longevity and a gift to the Knoxville Community. The Bijou stage will help Circle Modern Dance to expand their audience and participation, and cement Circle’s future for many years to come!

Learn more about Circle Modern Dance

Are you a Knox County non-profit organization that would like to apply for the Bijou Community Outreach Grant in 2021? Join our mailing list to find out when the next grant application is available.