Below are general descriptions of our major programs and services. Follow the links to the left for more information.

Arts & Heritage Fund
The Arts & Heritage Fund seeks to raise money to support a wide range of arts organizations, historical sites, and cultural organizations throughout the Greater Knoxville area. The Fund grants: 1) provide stable sources of financial support for the arts and heritage community; 2) broaden access to high-quality arts and heritage experiences; and 3) foster excellence in the local arts and heritage field and its administration:

Arts Build Communities Grants
The Tennessee Arts Commission's Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant program is designed to provide support for arts projects that broaden access to arts experiences, address community quality of life issues through the arts, and enhance the sustainability of asset-based cultural experiences. Through the ABC grant program, the Commission seeks to build communities by nurturing artists, arts organizations, and arts supporters in each of Tennessee’s 95 counties. ABC grants will be coordinated through a decentralized decision-making and distribution process in partnership with regional designated agencies.

Arts in the Airport
The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville and the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (McGhee Tyson Airport) present a semi-annual exhibition entitled “Arts in the Airport”. This juried exhibition was developed in 2009 to allow regional artists to compete and display work in the most visited site in the area. The selected art features contemporary 2-dimensional artwork and is exhibited in the secured area behind McGhee Tyson Airport’s security gate checkpoint for six months.

The Insider
The Arts & Culture Alliance maintains a hefty calendar of cultural events at, and every Tuesday morning, we send an e-mail blast to our subscribers that summarizes events happening for that Tuesday through the upcoming Monday.

In 2006, the Alliance developed KnoxTIX as a membership benefit to alleviate box office work for performing arts organizations who operate with limited or volunteer staffing; package our performing arts organizations together; and capture audience information. Customers can purchase tickets online 24/7 or by calling a special KnoxTIX phone number which rings to the Alliance offices. In its first two years, KnoxTIX sold over 5,300 tickets for over 400 shows, all by local organizations! View the current listings at

National Juried Exhibition
The Arts & Culture Alliance’s annual National Juried Exhibition was developed in 2006 to provide a forum for artists to compete on a national scale and display their work. Approximately 40-50 fine art works encompassing all styles and genres from both emerging and established artists are selected by a juror for exhibition in the gallery of the beautifully-restored Emporium Center at 100 S. Gay Street, Knoxville’s downtown arts anchor location.

Penny Performances give every child in Knox County, including home-schooled and private-schooled students, an opportunity to attend arts and culture events/activities at the maximum cost of ONE PENNY when accompanied by an adult during the 2011/2012 academic school year. The Penny Performances program meets the local arts community’s long-term goal of serving and educating East Tennessee's children:

Professional Development Seminars
As part of continuing efforts to serve its membership, the Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present professional development seminars for artists.

Public Arts Committee
The City of Knoxville Public Arts Committee was created in September 2008. The committee was created due to the results of the Public Arts Task Force and their recommendations to the Mayor. The purpose of the committee is “to enhance the reputation of the community, contribute to the civic environment, and enrich the lives of citizens and visitors through the involvement of professional artists to integrate public artwork throughout the City.”

Publicity Guide
The Arts & Culture Alliance offers an annual edition of its Publicity Guide, the most comprehensive and up-to-date electronic source listing print, online, radio, and television media resources in the Greater Knoxville, Chattanooga, Tri-cities, Nashville, and Asheville areas. This resource is available for businesses, organizations, and individuals who wish to promote their news and events to area journalists and media outlets.

There’s More to Knoxville!
The brainchild of Alliance members, this hefty calendar of cultural events increases the general awareness of all arts and culture activities in Greater Knoxville. Visit

Other Education Resources
These area museums and historic homes offer organized education programs to which teachers can bring their classes.

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