OTB Poetry Performance Workshops Lay Groundwork For Future

  Last Saturday morning, a mixed group of students and performances poets met up for Own the Boards’s first ever performance poetry workshop. The meeting marks the start of what we hope to become a staple initiative. In attendance were students from Knox County schools and LifeWords Reading Circles, all of whom took part in activities Read More …

This #GivingTuesday, Help Us Celebrate and Support OTB’s Future

We’ve got big news at OTB: We’re legit! We’re now an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, a ruling that means exciting things for us. 2015 has been a big year. Our online archive is up and running, with a smoother interface and uploading process. We kicked off LifeWords Reading Circles at Sherrill Hills Retirement Community. This Read More …

What’s In a Name?

Since August, Own the Boards President Dr. Laura Keigan has conducted LifeWords Literature Seminars at Sherrill Hills Retirement Community, in Knoxville, TN. This lifelong-learning initiative facilitates the discussion and performance of literature of all genres and is designed to help participants stay sharp and socially engaged. Yet, after several discussions with prospective participants, we’ve decided to tweak Read More …

LifeWords Literature Seminars to Begin August 21st

The beginning of August brings with it the end of summer vacation and the start of a new school year. This semester, a new set of students can be added to the roster: residents at Sherrill Hills Retirement Community! LifeWords Literature Seminars will hold its first meeting Friday, August 21st. This pilot program –  developed and Read More …

“Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting…” – Meet the Newest Member of our OTB Family

We’re pleased to announce that our very own Dr. Keigan gave birth to a healthy baby girl last Wednesday. Huzzah! Meet Marion, OTB‘s current mascot. You may also call her Stormaggedon, especially when she’s sassy.   Due to this fabulous addition, we’ll be checking in only sporadically for the next week or so. Don’t worry, Read More …

Sparky and Rhonda Rucker Enchant, Educate Knoxville Children With Song and Story

Sparky and Rhonda Rucker sure know how to entertain a crowd. The husband/wife storytelling team, based in Maryville, TN, has been putting on shows for years, both together and individually. And guess what? You can see them TODAY at the Knoxville Cedar Bluff branch library, 2pm. The show is free to the public. The duo’s Read More …

OTB Brings Literature Seminars to Knox Retirement Community

We’re all books nerds here at OTB, and we believe that engagement with literature has the potential to improve lives. We are pleased to announce, then, that starting in August Own the Boards will host a literature seminar pilot program aiming to do just that. We’ve partnered with Sherrill Hills Retirement Community, located in West Knoxville, to Read More …