East Tennessee (with Knoxville as its cultural hub) is blessed with an especially rich diversity of artistic and cultural resources. The Alliance's membership represents an amazing variety of performing arts venues and organizations, historical attractions, and museums. Working together, they celebrate and serve East Tennessee's history, community, and future. To find an organization, please search the alphabetical listing below.

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Organizations: To update your listing, call (865) 523-7543 or e-mail Suzanne Cada.

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A1LabArts logo
Based in Knoxville, Tennessee, A1LabArts is a nonprofit 501c3 organization founded in 1995 by a group of local artists. It is dedicated to multi-disciplinary and experimental exploration of contemporary art issues in all media.

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AC Entertainment
Information on upcoming Knoxville and regional (particularly Asheville, NC) concerts and musical events. Includes events calendar and where to get tickets.

Alexia Productions
Alexia is a professional Egyptian Middle Eastern (Belly) Dancer, Teacher, Choreographer, Event Sponsor, Troup Director of the Alexandria Dancers and Producer of the annual show "Egyptian Nights". Her aim is to bring cultural awareness of Oriental Dance also known as Middle Eastern Dance to Knoxville and Maryville by producing and directing a Theatrical Bellydance Show. She also teaches classes and workshops and has sponsored the best teacher in Classical Egyptian and Folklore Dance so that her students and other community dancers can get the best training.

American Museum of Science & Energy
The largest exhibition of energy related exhibits in the United States. Includes live demonstrations, videos, hands-on exhibits and special events.

Appalachian Arts Craft Center
Promoting Appalachian artists through education and sales.

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Appalachian Ballet Company
East Tennessee's premier classical performing company that makes its home at Van Metre School of Dance in Maryville. Chartered in 1972, ABC's talented company of dancers performs an annual three-program season.

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Arrowcraft / Southern Highland Craft Guild
Located in Gatlinburg, TN across from the Ripley's Aquarium, Arrowcraft offers an unparalled craft experience through shopping and on-site craft demonstrations.

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
A nationally renowned center of contemporary arts and crafts education. Workshops are offered for one and two weeks in the spring and summer, and one-week and weekends in the fall.

Art Group 21
Contact: 106 Deerfield Lane, Oak Ridge, TN 37830
(865) 622-1136 | E-mail

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade dba Plateau Creative Art Center
Its mission is to present art through education, exhibitions, and participation in community outreach events; and to provide needed, meaningful services and educational resources to meet the needs of Cumberland County.

Art Guild of Tellico Village
The purpose of the Art Guild is to support and encourage creativity in and appreciation and patronage of the visual arts through educational activities such as lectures, tours, workshops and classes, and exhibits. 

Art Market Gallery
A cooperative of East Tennessee artists dedicated to providing a vibrant marketplace for original art and fine crafts. Works on display in the gallery range from traditional to contemporary.

Artist Association of Monroe County
583 Bethlehem Road, Madisonville, TN 37354 / 423-337-2866

Artistic Spectrum
To provide creative and recreational opportunities for children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and to promote awareness in the Knoxville area of the ways people with ASD can contribute to the community.

Arts Council of Roane County
Our mission: To support all of the arts and artists in our communities. For artists, this means that the Council intends to develop more opportunities for you to showcase your work at more and better venues and compile an artist/venue database that will allow new opportunities to find you and for you to find new opportunities.

Asian Culture Center of Tennessee

Ballet Gloria
Ballet Gloria provides an environment that encourages young performers as well as giving seasoned performers an artistic outlet to restore the arts to God. Now under the direction of Gwendolyn Johnson Delaney, the company continues to thrive as it uses it's unique form of story telling to provide artistic excellence and spread hope and encouragement throughout the southeast and beyond. Ballet Gloria is based at the Tennessee Conservatory of Fine Arts, where company classes and rehearsals are held.

Beck Cultural Exchange Center
It is the Mission of the Beck Cultural Exchange Center, Inc. (Beck) to be an historic community treasure that is dedicated to collecting, preserving and exhibiting artifacts and other evidence of contributions relating to the history and culture of African-Americans in East Tennessee and America while creating learning, teaching and educational experiences that promote wisdom for present and future generations.

Bijou Theatre
The Bijou Theatre opened March 8, 1909, as part of an already existing hotel known as the Lamar House. The Bijou Theatre has an atmosphere that’s perfect for live music and the performing arts. With a capacity of just over 700, every seat in the house is a great one.

Blount Mansion Association
Built in 1792 as the home and territorial capitol of Governor William Blount, a signer of the U.S. Constitution. Guided tours and programs lead visitors into Knoxville's only National Historic landmark as well as the workings and intrigues of America's early frontier government.

BreastStrokes Knoxville
The mission of BreastStrokes Knoxville is to impact women in our community through empowerment, artistic expression and financial support. BreastStrokes Knoxville will empower women in two ways: first, by encouraging women to come together in artistic expression, and second, by giving women financial aid in their time of need. BreastStrokes Knoxville will also strive to raise cancer awareness, encourage cancer screenings, and further support the cancer community.

Candoro Arts & Heritage Center
A non-profit dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the Candoro Marble Building, and community development. Our vision is to become an arts and history museum showcasing the rich history of Vestal – the heart of Knoxville, once referred to as the Marble City. 

Capoeira Fundo de Mata
Capoeira Fundo da Mata is the Knoxville chapter of UCA. We train Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Emporium under the guidance of Contramestre Avestruz.

Carpetbag Theatre
A professional, multigenerational ensemble company dedicated to the production of new works. Our mission is to give artistic voice to the issues and dreams of people who have been silenced by racism, classism, sexism, ageism, homophobia and other forms of oppression.

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Circle Modern Dance
Providing an opportunity for area choreographers, dancers, musicians and performance artists to showcase their work. It is our philosophy that everyone is a dancer, and every body has the right to dance.

Clarence Brown Theatre
Built in 1970, this 576-seat proscenium theatre presents a wide variety of theatrical and dance performances by faculty, students, and professional guest artists.

Clayton Center for the Arts
As a gathering place for the community and its visitors and as the home of the Maryville College fine and performing arts program, the Clayton Center for the Arts provides opportunities for the lifelong expression and appreciation of the arts.

Community Artist League
Athens, TN | E-mail

Community School of the Arts
Founded in 1992, CSA was the first nonprofit organization of its kind in the state of TN to provide free, quality instruction in all the arts to children who would otherwise not be able to afford them. Our instructors are dedicated professional musicians, dancers, artists, and educators. The School also provides all instruments and supplies, offers volunteer tutoring services to youngsters who are struggling academically, and builds long-term mentoring relationships to help students determine their futures.

Community Television of Knoxville
Since 1975, Community Television of Knoxville (CTV) has provided training and access to television production facilities for the exclusive non-commercial use of Knoxville and Knox County residents.

Crescent Bend House & Gardens / The Toms Foundation
Built in 1834 by Drury Paine Armstrong, this historic home accommodates 18th century American and English furniture, decorative arts, and an outstanding collection of English silver (circa 1610-1830). Nine formal, Italian terraced gardens overlook the Tennessee River.

Dogwood Arts
Transforms downtown Knoxville into a month-long springtime celebration offering something for everyone: dance, film, literary arts, music, theatre and visual arts. Showcases the talented performing and visual artists, our fine art institutions, and the natural beauty of our region.

Downtown District Association
Our vision is for Knoxville’s to become one of the South’s finest historic districts in which to shop, dine, work, live, and enjoy the unique artistic and cultural heritage of East Tennessee.

East Tennessee Community Design Center
Making East Tennessee a better place to live and work by bringing professional design and planning assistance to communities and organizations lacking resources.

East Tennessee Concert Band / Tennessee Wind Symphony
The Tennessee Wind Symphony (TWS) was founded in 1991. It presents a year-round series of concerts in a wide range of venues. It is dedicated to excellence in symphonic band performance and to providing quality band music to the people of Tennessee and the surrounding area.

East Tennessee Historical Society
Home of a regional history museum, a premier genealogy research library, and an award-winning research archives, the East Tennessee Historical Society brings visitors face to face with our region’s history makers.

East Tennessee Technology Access Center
Enabling people with disabilities in East Tennessee to reach their potential for participating in the mainstream of society through innovative uses of technology.

East Tennessee Woodworkers Guild
Encouraging the development and appreciation of fine woodworking and helping to maintain high standards within the craft. 

Ewing Gallery
Begun in 1981, the Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture is a professionally managed university gallery, funded jointly by the Department of Art and the School of Architecture.

Farragut Museum
A treasure chest of artifacts and photographs which tell the history of the Farragut and Concord communities.

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Foothills Craft Guild
The oldest artisan's guild in Tennessee, chartered in 1968. The Guild preserves traditional crafts of the region and showcases the newest trends and developments in the craft world at large.

Fountain City Art Center
Once housing the Fountain City Public Library, this building offers year-round exhibitions and classes for all ages in clay, watercolor, oil and pastel, jewelry making, acting, and more.

Fractured Atlas
A non-profit organization that serves a national community of artists and arts organizations. We help artists and arts organizations function more effectively as businesses by providing access to funding, healthcare, education, and more.

French Broad Preservation Association
The mission of the French Broad Preservation Association is to preserve and enhance the environmental quality, scenic beauty, rural heritage, and historic resources of the French Broad River communities.

Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival
An outdoor family event that features quality artists from around the country along with Appalachian music from the area. Volunteers from the community produce the festival to benefit the Sevier County Arts Council, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.

Go! Contemporary Dance Works
Elevating enthusiasm for the performing arts in the East Tennessee community by providing youth the opportunity to express artistry through dance.

Goodwill Industries of Greater Knoxville
Improving the quality of life for disabled and disadvantaged individuals around the world, Goodwill Industries-Knoxville has grown into 21 retail locations and 5 employment training and rehabilitation centers throughout its 15 county service area. They provide vocational services and employment opportunities to individuals with barriers to employment.

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
Located in the peaceful gateway community of Townsend, it celebrates the history of East Tennessee and the Smoky Mountains and is dedicated to preserving the region’s unique culture. Includes indoor galleries, auditorium, classrooms, museum store, 12 historic buildings, and a 500-seat covered amphitheater for teaching, storytelling, drama and music events. Festivals, music concerts, school tours and special events for all ages compose the Center’s annual calendar.

Historic Ramsey House
Ramsey House was built in 1797 by Knoxville's first builder, Thomas Hope, for Francis Alexander Ramsey.  The structure is significant for original interior and exterior architectural features and its period decorative art collection. The Ramsey Family was one of the first families to settle the Knoxville area, playing vital roles in developing civic, educational and cultural institutions.

Historic Tennessee Theatre
The magnificent Tennessee Theatre first opened its doors on October 1, 1928 and was hailed as "the South’s most beautiful theatre." Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and honored as the Official State Theatre of Tennessee, today's Tennessee Theatre has something for everyone

HoLa Hora Latina
Knoxville's oldest grassroots Hispanic organization: volunteer based, non-profit, cultural and educational. The mission is to build cultural and communication bridges of Hispanics with the community at large. 

Ijams Nature Center
A nature and wildlife sanctuary and environmental education center with over 160 acres of protected woodlands and meadows, five miles of nature trails, and a boardwalk on the river.

James White's Fort
The home of James White who settled in Knoxville with a 1,000-acre land grant from the state of North Carolina. Includes White’s first home, furnished with original tools and artifacts from the period.

The Joy of Music Youth Music School
Founded in 1998 upon the belief that all young people should have the opportunity to experience and create music regardless of income. Weekly lessons and instruments are provided to disadvantaged and at-risk kids at no charge, and lessons are taught by an all-volunteer music faculty.

Jubilee Community Arts
Operating as an arts presenter in Knoxville since 1969, this regional, community cultural center is dedicated to preserving and presenting traditional arts of the Southern Appalachians.

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