African American Appalachian Arts, Inc. is a non profit arts organization that focuses on positive social and community development by utilizing creative methods of education through cultural artistic programming and development. These endeavors create an atmosphere of support and understanding of cultural diversity throughout Knoxville and East Tennessee. Over ten years ago African American Appalachian Arts, Inc. launched a bold initiative called Haley Heritage Square (HHS). In 1993, they commissioned internationally acclaimed artist Tina Allen to sculpt the 13-foot bronze statue of Alex Haley. The HHS International Literary and Storytelling Festival is an annual event which has been a great success for AAAA.
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