Upcoming Events

First Friday September 3rd: Frutos Latinos Group Exhibit and Competition Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Join us in kicking off our Hispanic Heritage Month celebration with 18 local artists on First Friday September 3rd, 5pm-9pm, at Casa HoLa! This annual group exhibit and competition will be installed at Casa HoLa until September 9th, when it will be moved to the Knoxville Museum of Art! Enjoy the exhibit at the KMA between September 15th and October 15th, the duration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Vote for your favorite artist in the exhibit online here: https://forms.gle/N6EaTxR4tdFLWi5P8 or in person at Casa HoLa from 10am to 5pm weekdays. 3 winners will be announced at the opening of the exhibit at the KMA on Wednesday, September 15th. 

Participating artists include Rafael Casco, Miguel Ángel González, Héctor Saldivar, Alexis Henríquez, Susana Esrequis, Daniela Esrequis, Dana Moody, Jugen Dopatka, Dina R. Ruta, Javier Arrieta, Becky Chaffee, Taske Maqueo, Stephanie Villagrán, Gabrielle Toledo, Delia Flores, Enrique Crúz, Mostafa Rahbar & Terry Grove.

Due to rises in COVID-19 cases in the area, masks are now required inside the Emporium for the Arts and the Casa HoLa Gallery and Shop.

During our First Friday event guests may order a delicious tamale, collect a free art activity for children to do at home, browse the Casa HoLa artisan shop, and enjoy the new exhibits presented by the Arts and Culture Alliance.

Casa HoLa is located inside the Emporium for the Arts on the bottom floor in Suite 112 at 100 S. Gay St., Knoxville, TN 37902. Current office hours are weekdays from 10am – 3pm.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @HoLaHoraLatina and Twitter @CasaHoLa for updates on upcoming exhibits and the 21st annual HoLa Festival, Saturday and Sunday September 25th and 26th at World’s Fair Park.

Primer viernes 3 de septiembre: La exhibición colectiva y el concurso anual Frutos Latinos celebrando el Mes de la Herencia Hispana

¡Acompáñenos a la apertura de First Friday presentando los trabajos de 18 artistas locales el vierenes 3 de septiembre a las 5 pm hasta las 9 pm en Casa HoLa! Esta exhibición colectiva y concurso anual está en Casa HoLa hasta el 9 de septiembre cuando se llevará al Museo de Arte de Knoxville. Disfruten de la exhibición en el KMA entre el 15 de septiembre y el 15 de octubre, a lo largo del Mes de la Herencia Hispana. Voten por sus artistas favoritos participando en la exhibición aquí: https://forms.gle/N6EaTxR4tdFLWi5P8 o en persona en Casa HoLa de lunes a viernes desde las 10am hasta las 5pm. 3 ganadores se anunciarán durante la apertura de la exhibición en el KMA, el 15 de septiembre. 

Los artistas participantes este año son Rafael Casco, Miguel Ángel González, Héctor Saldivar, Alexis Henríquez, Susana Esrequis, Daniela Esrequis, Dana Moody, Jugen Dopatka, Dina R. Ruta, Javier Arrieta, Becky Chaffee, Taske Maqueo, Stephanie Villagrán, Gabrielle Toledo, Delia Flores, Enrique Crúz, Mostafa Rahbar & Terry Grove.

Debido a un aumento en los casos por COVID-19, se requiere el uso de tapabocas dentro del Emporium for the Arts y la Galería y Tienda Casa HoLa.

Durante el evento First Friday, los visitantes pueden comprar ricos tamales de pollo, recoger una actividad de arte gratis para niños, mirar por la Casa HoLa tienda de artesanías, y disfrutar de las nuevas exhibiciones presentadas por la Alianza de Arte y Cultura.

Casa HoLa se ubica en la planta baja del edificio Emporium for the Arts, Suite 112, en 100 S. Gay St., Knoxville, TN 37902. Actualmente las horas de la oficina son de lunes a viernes de las 10am a las 3pm.

No olviden de anotar la fecha del HoLa Festival 2021 en sus calendarios, 25 y 26 de septiembre en el parque de la feria mundial (World’s Fair Park)

Encuéntranos Facebook e Instagram @HoLaHoraLatina y en Twitter @CasaHoLa.

Si tiene cualquier pregunta, por favor, llame al 865-335-3358 o envíe un correo electrónico casahola@holafestival.org.

Upcoming Exhibits at the Casa HoLa Gallery

August 6th 2021:

First Friday event at Casa HoLa presenting the works of Mexican painter Gabrielle Toledo from 5pm to 9pm. 

September 3rd 2021:

First Friday event at Casa HoLa presenting the Frutos Latinos Group Exhibit and Contest from 5pm to 9pm. 

 

 

September 15th 2021:

Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff Ceremony and Breakfast – Frutos Latinos Group Exhibit and Contest presented at the Knoxville Museum of Art

 

September 25th 2021:

HoLa Festival Fiesta Latina 4pm to 10pm at the World’s Fair Park Performance Lawn 

Join us for the start of the 21st annual HoLa Festival kicking off with authentic latino food and craft vendors, live music and performances, draft Mexican beer, local businesses, and fireworks at 9pm! 

 

September 26th 2021:

HoLa Family Festival 10am to 6pm at the World’s Fair Park Performance Lawn 

The fun continues at the HoLa Festival on Sunday with food, crafts, beer, local businesses, live music and performances in addition to children’s entertainment, Hispanic heritage educational booths, the community fair, and the Parade of Nations at 2:15. Bring the whole family for this educational and fun day of celebrating the diversity of Hispanic Heritage and our local, Hispanic and Latino/Latinx communities. 

 

October 1st 2021:

First Friday event at Casa HoLa presenting the works of Honduran artist Delia Flores from 5pm to 9pm. 

November 5th 2021:

First Friday event at Casa HoLa celebrating the Day of the Dead/el Día de los Muertos presenting the works of Mexican sculptor Héctor Saldivar from 5pm to 9pm. 

December 3rd 2021:

First Friday Holiday Bazaar event at Casa HoLa presenting the works of various local artists and imported artisan goods from 5pm to 9pm. 

 

Recurring Events

First Friday's in Downtown Knoxville's Historic Arts District

On the First Friday of every month, downtown Knoxville’s art galleries and studios open their doors for the public to enjoy their latest artworks and performances. In fact, the 100 block of South Gay Street is made up almost entirely of artists and creators. Conveniently located just a block away from the Old City and Market Square which host Knoxville’s most well known and revered restaurants and nightlife, the Arts District kicks off these monthly events at 5pm and invites our community to share and celebrate until 9pm. Casa HoLa, HoLa Hora Latina’s art gallery and store, is located inside the Emporium for the Arts at the corner of Jackson and Gay streets where many of Knoxville’s independent artists and art organizations find their home. Learn more about Downtown’s Knoxville’s First Fridays here.

Each First Friday, Casa HoLa displays the works of a new Latin American and/or local artist. Chicken tamales are only sold during First Friday events, but artisan crafts, jewelry, home décor, handbags, and greeting cards are available for purchase during First Fridays and regular gallery hours. With each monthly exhibit’s theme, Casa HoLa offers a free children’s art activity and encourages young people to create and explore new art and cultures. Enjoy previous virtual exhibits here.

The HoLa Festival

The 21st HoLa Festival is returing to Downtown Knoxville in 2021 during the last weekend of September, Saturday and Sunday the 25th and 26th! The Festival will move from its usual Market Square to World’s Fair Park to allow for more space and a more efficient set-up/break-down process for participants (vendors, performers, etc.)

Since 1999, HoLa Hora Latina has celebrated the rich and diverse cultures of Latin America by inviting the community to share in live music, dancing, food and drinks, craft vendors, and educational activities for children. The annual event takes place during Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th – November 15th).

Local vendors offer handmade, artisan crafts, art, home décor, apparel, jewelry, and other unique items. Draft beer is available while food vendors serve up homemade Latin American cuisine. Visitors may enjoy various performances by Latin jazz, rock, salsa, and traditional bands and dancers. Children can learn more about Spain and Latin America at the Hispanic heritage booths or enjoy a fun and educational activity at the children’s stage nearby.  The community fair and sponsor section provide information important to our Knoxville community. Our Parade of Nations invites the community to join together in showing the traditions and diversity of Hispanic and Latino cultures. 

The HoLa Festival depends on sponsors to realize this celebration. Student volunteers, HoLa’s interns, the Board of Directors and our President, Pedro Tomás, work tirelessly to bring this celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month to Knoxville and appreciate your attendance and support.

Annual Events

HoLa Hora Latina kicks off each year with a free toy giveaway for children who visit Casa HoLa in celebration of Three Kings’ Day. This event begins during January’s First Friday event and also serves as a way to inform the community of various Latin American traditions surrounding the holidays.

HoLa Hora Latina’s art gallery inside the Emporium for the Arts is proud to host two contests for artists each year. In May, the Astrid Galindo Student Art Competition invites young artists between the ages of 15 and 21 to display their art at Casa HoLa. Visitors to the gallery vote for their favorite artworks, with three winners receiving a scholarship to pay for art supplies. Learn more about scholarships offered by HoLa Hora Latina here

During September’s First Friday, local Latino artists are invited to submit one or two artworks to be displayed at Casa HoLa that celebrate their cultures and traditions. This event, called Frutos Latinos, celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month. Similar to the Astrid Galindo Scholarship Competition, visitors to the gallery vote for their favorite pieces before three winners are announced. On September 15th, the Frutos Latinos exhibit is moved to the Knoxville Museum of Art to mark the beginning of Hispanic Hertiage Month where it remains for the duration of the month. During the opening of the exhibit at the Knoxville Museum of Art, HoLa invites members of our organization, city and county officials, corporate sponsors, and recipients of HoLa scholarships to celebrate Hispanic Heritage and the role HoLa has played in promoting Latin American arts and culture within our community. Any HoLa members are welcome to join in this catered event. Explore membership options here and enjoy last year’s Frutos Latinos exhibit here.

The Day of the Dead, or el Día de los Muertos, kicks off our November First Friday event with pan de muerto and sugar skulls. Casa HoLa typically invites local Mexican artist Héctor Saldivar to display his incredible skeleton figurines for the duration of the month (the 2020 exhibit is currently on our website now). The gallery also features the winners of the University of Tennessee’s Student Altar Decorating Contest.

During December, Casa HoLa does not feature a new artist, but, instead offers a Holiday Bazaar featuring handmade holiday décor imported from Latin American artisans as well as the usual items sold at the Casa HoLa tienda. A Christmas Party for members of our organization takes place just ouside the Casa HoLa door in the main gallery of the Emporium. A DJ, catered dinner, drinks, and lots of fun are included in this event to show our appreciation for our supporting members.