What does the Alliance do?
The mission of the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville is to serve and support a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions.
How did the Alliance form?
The Alliance was created in 2001 through a highly participatory community-driven process. Its predecessor was the Arts Council of Greater Knoxville which was formed in 1974.
Who is part of the Alliance?
Membership includes artists and cultural organizations, concerned citizens, educators, public officials, civic leaders, business people, and anyone else who believes in the future of East Tennessee. Visit the Individual Artists and Arts & Culture Organizations links to the left for more information.
Tell me more about Advocacy…
The Alliance operates as a “unifying voice” representing the arts and culture community to government, businesses, the media, and the general public, all of which benefit from a healthy, thriving arts and culture industry. The Alliance’s advocacy projects also create a channel for artists and cultural organizations to express their unique voices individually. Each year, the Alliance membership makes a positive impression on the Tennessee state legislature when more than 50 member artists and cultural representatives convene in Nashville for the annual Legislative Arts Day.
Let your voice be heard! Join today as an individual or organizational member.
Tell me more about Service…
The Alliance provides many services and tools to help artists and organizations become more successful, including administrative assistance, planning tools, grant preparation, and access to information services.
Tell me more about Education…
The Arts & Culture Alliance in cooperation with the local arts community proudly announces Penny Performances, a program developed in 2010 to meet the local arts community’s long-term goal of serving and educating East Tennessee's children. Penny Performances provide every child in Knox County, including home-schooled and private-schooled students, an opportunity to attend local arts and culture events/activities by nearly 30 organizations at the maximum cost of ONE PENNY when accompanied by an adult during the academic school year. Organizations whose admission is regularly free are offering special programs or gifts for attending Knox County students.
Arts & Culture Alliance Board of Directors
David Butler (Knoxville Museum of Art)
Tom Cervone (Professional MBA Program at the University of Tennessee)
Jefferson Chapman (McClung Museum)
Rachel Ford (Knoxville Symphony Orchestra)
Duane Grieve (City Council - Second District)
Jon Gustin (Photographer, E-Government Services for Knox County)
Dottie Habel (School of Art at the University of Tennessee)
Mike Hammond (Knox County Commission - At Large Seat 10)
Cherel Henderson, Secretary (East Tennessee Historical Society)
Alan Jones (Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority)
Jimmy Jones, Treasurer (Pugh CPAs)
Linda Parris-Bailey (The Carpetbag Theatre)
Caesar Stair, President (Bernstein, Stair & McAdams)
Marilyn Avery Turner (Artist)
John Worden (Worden, Rechenbach & Brooke)