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The Creative Placemaking Grant Project is now underway!

After a delay in the project due to the Governor’s Safer at Home Order, the winners of the Creative Placemaking competition are hard at work painting in the alley between Shelby Street and Cherokee Street to beautify this off-Main alleyway. Additional lights will follow to light up the alley at night.

The art is being completed by six artists—Donna Hamilton, Katie Harrison, Kelly Gardner, Savannah Holt, Rebecca Church and Brittany Williams.  All designs were submitted and selected through a jury made up of the Public Art Committee members.

This project brings new color and energy, not just to the alleyway, but also to downtown Kingsport as a whole.  This was a quality project before the COVID-19 crisis, but now it breathes new energy into the artists and their supporters, and in turn the community.  This is a safe outdoor exhibit for all to come see and enjoy.  Come out on a pretty day and see what these artists are painting to represent Kingsport and its community.

This grant project is brought to Kingsport by the Tennessee Arts Commission with support from the Downtown Kingsport Association and Engage Kingsport.

To follow along with the progress of the Creative Placemaking Grant Project, please visit to see more.