The Kuumba Festival (KUUMBA) was started in 1989 by local Knoxville artists and community activists who were looking to showcase local African American art and artists therefore sharing, educating and exposing rich cultural art forms to the Knoxville community. This event gives African
American Appalachian Arts Inc.(AAAA) an avenue to reach out and service the Greater Knoxville community through the offering of cultural arts activities. KUUMBA Festival is located in three primary locations including: Knoxville Museum of Art, Market Square/ Downtown and Chilhowee Park. the Kuumba Festival is presented by African American Appalachian Arts, Inc. (AAAA), a non profit 501(c)3 arts organization that focuses on positive social and community development by utilizing creative methods of education through cultural artistic programming and development.