The Birdhouse Community Center is located at 800 North 4th Avenue in the 4th and Gill Neighborhood, just north of downtown Knoxville. The Birdhouse is a community-supported space that strives to be an place where neighbors as well as the broader community can come together to discuss ideas; share art, music and skills; and celebrate events and host a variety of meetings.
The historic house at the corner of 4th and Gill has been a community space since the early 1970’s when a relator decided to donate the house to the neighborhood to be used as a community center. Until the early 2000’s, the house was known simply as the “The Neighborhood Center” where different groups met to organize against different social issues, both within the neighborhood and within the larger Knoxville community. Notably, “The Gazette: A voice for poor and working class people” came out of that era, which was widely distributed for several years, raising awareness and bolstering support for what ended up resulting in positive changes to peoples livelihoods and well-being: including the creation of a park and kids play area within the neighborhood. In addition to organizing efforts, the house has also served as a kids daycare space for many years.
In the mid 2000’s a group of artists and community members came in and helped to breathe new life into the community space during a gap in it’s occupancy after an after school program has dissolved. This group worked directly with Fourth & Gill, and also began to bring a variety of new activities to the space, including art, music, gardening, and workshops. This mix of new energy and programming became a new era or incarnation of the community center – and a new name “The Birdhouse” came along and stuck at that time as well. The Birdhouse continues to carry on the legacy of this community space with gratitude and respect – standing for values of love, creativity, inclusivity, and equality.
* A few notable things we are proud to offer the community, and which you can find more information on in this website are:
– WOZO 103.9 LP-FM The People’s Radio Station
– The Birdfeeder Art Gallery
– Monthly Potlucks and Presentations (on the 3rd Sunday of the month at 6pm)