The Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts encourages you to get engaged in the arts!
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| Public Art
| Carousel Project
| Festivals:
-| Carousel Fine Craft Show
-| Christmas Connection Arts & Crafts Show
| Concerts (Engage Kingsport Performing Arts Series)
| Renaissance “Arts” Center room rentals
| Kingsport Farmers Market Rentals
| Special Events Applications

Public Art
Public Art: (ie: Sculpture Walk, Permanent Art, Banners, Gallery Exhbitions, Parking Garage Benches, Art in Public Spaces, etc)
Sculpture Walk General Description: Kingsport has had a ‘Percent for Art’ program since 2006 and the first expression of that Public Art Program was the Sculpture Walk which is still a vital part of Kingsport’s Public Art Program. The Sculpture Walk is a curated exhibit of contemporary public art located along Broad Street from the Train Station on Main Street to the Glenn Bruce Park near the Kingsport Public Library. The pieces are on exhibit 11 months of the year and then are changed for a new exhibit each May. With a comfortable stroll along Broad Street, a viewer can enjoy up to 10 temporary pieces and access information on each piece through the Guide By Cell feature of the walk. With a local call the viewer can hear general descriptions, curator’s comments and a message from the artist him/her self! Along the route the viewer can also see several pieces of Kingsport’s growing permanent public art collection. More information on all these programs is available at or at

Carousel Project:
Carousel Project: It started as one man’s dream to have a carousel for the Kingsport community. He talked a few fellow Kiwanis members into investigating the idea and the Four Horsemen took charge. Now Kingsport has a carousel carving studio at the Lynn View Community Center. During the week the carvers can be found working on their animals. Volunteer painters are also hard at work painting the hand-carved animals. Another set of volunteer painters have painted Kingsport scenes on Rounding Boards for the Carousel. Mechanics, merchants, fund raisers and enthusiasts are urged to get involved in this legacy project for Kingsport. The work continues until the 1956 vintage Herschell frame is in its own round house connected to the Farmers’ Market and all animals have a place on the carousel with children of all ages riding. Completion date is coming soon– there is a lot of work to be done and a great way to get to know great people!

Carousel Fine Craft Show:

In celebration of the amazing community project known as the Kingsport Carousel Project we present Kingsport and East TN/South East VA/Western NCs PREMIER juried, high quality, fine arts and crafts show.

This juried show of quality exhibitors is open to all fine artists, artisans, craftspeople, photographers and printmakers and is held in March.

Christmas Connection–Arts & Crafts Fair
Kingsports Christmas Connection, an event sponsored by the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, is celebrating 35 years of arts and crafts in 2014. Look for the show the 1st or 2nd weekend every November at the Civic Auditorium, located on Fort Henry Drive next to Dobyns-Bennett High School. Admission to this fun-filled, shopping event is FREE and open to the public! * Christmas Connection has been around for over 30 years because it is a charming old-fashion festival hosting the regions best arts and crafts vendors. The Civic Auditorium will be filled with hand-made clothing, floral arrangements, pottery, jewelry, delicate woodworking, Christmas ornaments, baked goods, toys, watercolors, paintings, figurines, baskets, candles, tapestries, heated pillows, needlework, dolls and much more. The Holidays are always fast in approaching, and this is an excellent opportunity to grab some holiday cheer, support master craftsmen and find unique gifts and treasures. Shoppers can spend the day shopping inside; out of the weather and amongst quality art and crafts. The Christmas Connection Caf has concessions to enjoy. Shoppers wont have to lose their parking spot to eat elsewhere. Come visit the Christmas Connection. For more information or directions to the Christmas Connection, please call 423-392-8414.
2014 DATES: November 7, 8, 9 (Fri-Sun)

Vendor application available HERE ! (deadline is June 1)
Engage Kingsport Performing Arts Series:
Engage Kingsport and the city of Kingsport’s Office of Cultural Arts hosts a variety of local, regional and national touring performers through its performing arts concerts. Most concerts are held at the Kingsport Renaissance Theatre. This intimate 345-seat theatre boasts a good view from every seat. The Renaissance Center has plenty of parking and is fully handicapped accessible. Enjoy the Art Gallery or Atrium Gallery during your break from the concert. for the complete schedule and to purchase tickets on-line.
Renaissance “Arts” Center room rentals:
The Kingsport Renaissance Center is a facility which serves the community as a center for the arts and senior citizen’s activities, and as a facility for business meetings, parties, receptions, classes, showers, and day-long seminars with breakout rooms. It is managed by the City of Kingsport’s Office of Cultural Arts. The facility includes a 350-seat theatre, three-story sky lit atrium, art gallery, gymnasium, meeting rooms and offices. The Kingsport Renaissance Center, formerly the John Sevier School, was renovated in 1991 and now stands as one of Kingsport’s most prominent landmarks. It is an architect’s masterpiece and stands as a constant reminder of Kingsport’s history and as a reality of creative dreams. The Renaissance Center’s diversity makes it unique and truly a model that sets renovation standards by which all others can be measured.
Theatrical performances and concerts are scheduled in the 350-seat theatre throughout the year. The theatre is available for meetings and seminars and is an ideal facility for 200 people, with nearby breakout rooms, suitable for all day functions with or without meals. A variety of rooms are available for rent (click here for rental information).