Knoxville Tennessee Cultural Organizations and Their Programs
The Co-op now produces six mainstage productions a season, an alternative season known as the Beehive, a theatre-training program known as the Actors Co-op Training Studio and several arts outreach programs. The Actors Co-op is dedicated to providing entertaining, thought-provoking and inventive theatre to the Knoxville area, by placing its focus on the actor and their ability to create an honest performance. For more information - visit their website.
APPALACHIAN BALLET COMPANY
The Appalachian Ballet Company has been providing high-quality dance performances for the greater Knoxville area since 1972. An Honor Company in the Southeast Regional Ballet Association, each year the company presents an opening performance at Pellissippi State, an annual Nutcracker with the Knoxville Symphony at the Civic Auditorium, and a spring performance at the Tennessee Theater or the Bijou Theater. For additional information - Phone: (865) 982-8463 or Fax: (865) 982-8463.
ARTS AND CULTURE ALLIANCE OF GREATER KNOXVILLE
A service organization promoting arts and cultural events happening in and around the Greater Knoxville area. Onsite they have artist studios, galleries, and brochures of local attractions and performances. 100 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Phone 865-523-7543. For additional information - visit their website
BECK CULTURAL EXCHANGE CENTER
The Beck Center provides opportunities for cultural exchange with the preservation and exhibition of the achievements of African-Americans in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Beck Center was founded in 1975 and named for the late James and Ethel Beck, prominent members of the Knoxville community and founders of the Ethel Beck Home for Orphans, who bequeathed money to purchase its present site. Located just a few blocks from Downtown Knoxville, the Civic Coliseum and other historic sites, as well as its being within walking distance of the famed Alex Haley Statue at Haley Heritage Square, the Beck Center is a major tourist attraction for those visiting the Knoxville area. For more information - visit their website
BIJOU THEATER CENTER
The Bijou Theater is a non-profit organization that provides children's plays, family theater productions, theatrical training classes for children and adults, concerts and much more geared towards the entire community. For additional information - Phone: 865 523-4211 or visit their website.
BLOUNT COUNTY ARTS AND CRAFTS GUILD
The BCACG is dedicated to local artists and crafters in the Blount County and surrounding areas.
THE CARPETBAG THEATRE
The Carpetbag Theatre is a community based, non-profit, professional theatre company dedicated to the production of new works. CBT's Ensemble Company develops new scripts primarily through collaboration and improvisation. Founded in 1970, CBT is a corporation of writers, artists, dancers and musicians. It has had a notably good record of performances, workshops, and other activities, and is one of the few tenured African-American professional theatre companies in the South. For more information - visit their website.
CIRCLE MODERN DANCE
Circle Modern Dance was founded in the fall of 1990 to provide Knoxville audiences with an alternative to the current dance experiences available. The founders of Circle envisioned an atmosphere in which area choreographers and performance artists could display their artistic endeavors and recent works without being bound by the structures of a "dance company." Circle operates under the philosophy that everyone is a dancer and everyone has the right to dance. Circle has performed for the Dogwood Arts Festival, the National Organization of Women, Kuumba Festival, Knoxville Symphony, Knoxville Opera, Knoxville College's Black History Celebration, Tennessee Stage Company, and numerous other social and arts organizations. For more information - visit their website.
CLARENCE BROWN THEATRE AT U.T.
The Clarence Brown Theatre at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville offers seven stunning productions in their 2001-2002 season. For a complete list of the 2001-2002 season, please visit our website at http://www.clarencebrowntheatre.org or contact the Box Office at (865) 974-5161.
CLAYTON CENTER FOR THE ARTS
The new $ 47.3 million dollar complex is located on the campus of Maryville College. The 136,000 sq ft state-of-the-art facility features 3 theater spaces and 3 art gallaries; as well as recital, classroom, rehearsal and studio spaces. Please visit their websites at ClaytonArtsCenter.com
COMMUNITY CRAFT CENTER - NORRIS
The Community Craft Center was founded in 1970 by Grace Foster and Sara Shepard Starr, working with the Anderson County Community Action Commission. The stated purpose was, "to enrich the souls and pocketbooks of low-income people in Anderson County." The original members assisted each other in teaching, producing, and selling hand crafts. They met in one room of a country store and eventually bought the entire store.
The non-profit charter for the Community Craft Center was recorded in Nashville in November, 1974. The not-for-profit charter for the Community Craft Co-Op was recorded in March, 1977. In addition to the Community Action Commission, early assistance was provided by Good Neighbors of Norris, The Tennessee Arts Commission and John Rice Irwin of the Museum of Appalachia. Weaving, quilting, and pottery departments were established to teach these skills on a regular, on-going basis. Looms, potters' wheels, a kiln, quilting frames, and other equipment were obtained. All crafts sold in the shop were juried to ensure a high standard of quality. For more information - Visit the website
EAST TENNESSEE CONCERT BAND
The East Tennessee Concert Band is a professional, adult community organization which provides quality concert events to the East Tennessee area. The KCB was organized in 1991 with the purpose of providing a musical outlet for better musicians in the East Tennessee area. The band has members from Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Grainger, Knox, Meigs, Rhea, Roane, and Scott counties. The KCB is under the direction of Dr. Ric Best. For additional information - visit their website.
EAST TENNESSEE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The East Tennessee Historical Society preserves, interprets, and promotes the history of Tennessee, focusing on East Tennessee. Through educational programs and exhibits at the ETHS Museum in Knoxville we seek to introduce people to the fascinating and rich history of this region.
ETHS programming in the first quarter of 2002 covers topics ranging from the early days of the Tennessee frontier to the excitement of the 1982 World's Fair. Genealogy workshops will help you find your roots, while lectures and museum exhibits, will bring you face to face with East Tennessee's history and history makers.
In the core exhibit of the East Tennessee Historical Society Museum, you can take a trip through two centuries of East Tennessee's stories with the artifacts, documents, and sounds that shaped life in the Great Valley. Here you will find larger than life figures, such as David Crockett, Nancy Ward, and Sgt. Alvin C. York, as well as the everyday folks who contributed to the region's reputation for hard work and independence. Visit their website for additional information.
EASTERN TENNESSEE CONSERVATORY FOR THE ARTS
The Eastern Tennessee Conservatory for the Arts is a non-profit organization dedicated to building awareness of the arts in east Tennessee. The Conservatory offers classes in the arts, produces theatrical productions and hosts artistic exhibits of local artists. For additional information visit their website.
GREAT SMOKY ARTS AND CRAFTS COMMUNITY
The Arts & Crafts Community is comprised of the largest group of independent artisans in the country. Established in 1937, these artisans whittle, carve, cast, sew, weave, and create collectables such as leather, candles, quilts, dolls, wearable art, fashions, pottery, ceramics, baskets, jewelry, frameable art, photography, brooms, stained glass, scrimshaw, silversmithing, and much more. The Community is located in Gatlinburg, and covers approximately 8 miles along Glades Rd., Buckhorn Rd, Hwy 321 North, and adjacent byways. More information - visit their website.
INTERACT CHILDREN'S THEATRE
InterAct is the only theatre in this region that provides fully accessible children's theatre to East Tennessee's deaf community. Furthermore, we provide the opportunity for actors who are deaf and hard of hearing to become involved in the Knoxville theatre scene, knowing that language, communication, and access will not become issues. For more information - visit their website.
IRISH MUSIC ASSOCIATION
We are the Michael Kennedy (local)Branch of international Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. We hold weekly public Irish music sessions and Irish language table every Thursday 7-9:30pm at Patrick Sullivan's in The Old City and monthly "kitchen sessions" at a members home to welcome new and beginning players. The aims and objectives of CCÉ are: -To promote Irish Traditional Music in all its forms -To restore the playing of the harp and Uilleann Pipes in the National life of Ireland -To promote Irish Traditional Dancing -To foster and promote the Irish Language at all times To create a closer bond among all lovers of Irish music To co-operate with all bodies working for the restoration of Irish Culture To establish branches throughout the country. For additional information - Phone: 865-584-0190.
JUBILEE COMMUNITY ARTS
Jubilee Community Arts is dedicated to documenting, preserving and presenting the traditional performing arts of the Upland South. JCA produces a weekly concert series at the Laurel Theater, two weekly radio shows, an arts-in-the-schools program, a Gaelic festival in November, an Appalachian music festival in March, and an international festival in June. For additional information - visit their website.
KEYBOARDS AT CHRISTMAS
The Mighty Wurlitzer will rise again from beneath the stage of the Tennessee Theatre to join six grand pianos for an elegant and enjoyable concert of Christmas favorites from many musical time periods and genres. First Baptist Church Concord will be presenting "Keyboards at Christmas" at the Tennessee Theatre December 8 as an event of Christmas in the City. Six accomplished pianists performing on six grand pianos along with the Tennessee Theatre's official organist on the Mighty Wurlitzer is sure to be a magical event to make your Christmas season special. For additonal information - visit their website.
KNOXVILLE CHILDREN'S CHOIR
The Knoxville Children's Choir is a non-profit choral organization which strives to enhance children in their musical growth. We serve children ages 4th through 10th grade. For additional information - visit their website.
KNOXVILLE JAZZ ORCHESTRA
The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting jazz music in East Tennessee. Formed in August of 1999, the group has already released two critically acclaimed CDs and has performed at major European jazz festivals including the Montreux Jazz Festival, Jazz a Vienne, and the Ezcaray Jazz Festival. The orchestra's repertoire includes both standard big band literature as well as ambitious original material. For additional information - visit their website.
KNOXVILLE MINIATURES SOCIETY
The Knoxville Miniatures Society is a group of skilled artisans who meet monthly to pursue our belief and passion about miniature art. We are dedicated to the creation and preservation of scaled miniatures, including furniture, dolls, doll houses, bears, miniature rooms and much more. For additional information - Phone: 865-300-7480.
KNOXVILLE MUSEUM OF ART
Dedicated to bringing the fine arts to East Tennessee, the Knoxville Museum of Art features traveling exhibitions from around the world and a permanent collection of contemporary American art. Lectures, art workshops, educational activities and the Alive After Five jazz concert series complement the museum's exhibitions. KMA contains five galleries, gardens, museum shop and Exploratory Gallery. Accredited by the American Association of Museums. For further information - visit their website.
KNOXVILLE OPERA COMPANY
East Tennessee's professional opera company. Four productions annually, with international opera stars, lavish sets and costumes, and accompaniment by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Season subscriptions and single tickets available. For additional information - visit their website.
KNOXVILLE PIPES AND DRUMS
The mission of the Knoxville Pipes and Drums is to broaden the knowledge of Scottish heritage in East Tennessee and surrounding regions through music while providing a fun hobby for band participants. To accomplish the mission, the band plays a number of venues throughout East Tennessee and the surrounding regions. The band also provides free piping and drumming lessons. For more information - visit their website.
KNOXVILLE SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATION
The Knoxville Songwriters Association encourages local songwriters to develop their craft and profession with information exchange, song critiques and networking opportunities. For additional information - KnoxvilleSongWritersAssociation.org
KNOXVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
What an exciting time to be a part of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra! Whatever your taste in music, the KSO delivers something for everyone. We have three different series for you to choose from, including the powerful masterpieces of the Masterworks Series, the intimacy of the SunTrust Chamber Classics and the electricity and excitement of the Pops Series. Truly, there is nothing like being at a live Knoxville Symphony Orchestra concert. After all, the music is for you! For additional information - visit their website.
KNOXVILLE WRITERS' GUILD
The Knoxville Writers' Guild is a not-for-profit, mutual benefit organization of member-writers working in a variety of literary genres and media, published and unpublished, with headquarters in Knoxville, Tennessee. The purpose of the Guild is to facilitate a broad, inclusive, and egalitarian sense of community among area writers; to provide a forum for information, support and sharing among writers; to help members improve and market their writing skills; and to promote the interests of writers and the writing community. For more information - visit their website.
Special events and activities celebrating the wonders of nature through education, conservation, exhibition and recreation. For additional information - visit their website.
The Historic Laurel Theatre is a performance center and home of Jubilee Community Arts, an organization dedicated to the preservation and advancement of traditional music and art forms of the Southern Appalachians. For further information - visit their website.
MADISON COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL
Great arts events located near Newport, Knoxville, Greeneville and Johnson City, TN, "just across the state line" in beautiful mountainous Madison County, NC. the Annual Bluff Mountain Festival is FREE! Throughout the year, MCAC sponsors classical and traditional music concerts, art shows, literary speakers and more. For additional information - visit their website.
McCLUNG MUSEUM AT UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
The Frank H. McClung Museum is an important component of The University of Tennessee, and participates in the implementation of the University's mission. The University of Tennessee is committed to the development of individuals and society as a whole through the cultivation and enrichment of the human mind and spirit. This is to be accomplished through teaching, scholarship, artistic creation, public service, and professional practice.
The complementary mission of the Frank H. McClung Museum is to advance understanding and appreciation of the earth and its peoples through the collection, preservation, study, interpretation, and exhibition of objects and data. The Museum is dedicated to the support of the academic programs of The University and to the attraction and education of the broadest spectrum of participants. For more information - visit their website.
NATIVITY PAGEANT OF KNOXVILLE
The Nativity Pageant of Knoxville will be presented each Christmas Season at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. Admission is free. Make plans now to enjoy the annual presentation of the Christmas Nativity story featuring a 200 voice choir, 90 member cast, and live animals. For additional information - visit their website.
OAK RIDGE ART CENTER
The Oak Ridge Art Center is dedicated to the creation of and enjoyment and participation in the visual arts. Our goal is to provide our region with a wide variety of visual arts experiences which will entertain, enlighten, and provoke thought. For more information - visit their website.
OAK RIDGE CIVIC BALLET ASSOCIATION
ORCBA was organized in 1963 and its 1964 Dance Charter is the oldest in Tennessee. It is a community based non-profit, equal opportunity dedicated to the education and production of the Ballet Arts. ORCBA stands alone among area dance companies in its history of presenting full-length ballets other than The Nutcracker. The Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association seeks to contribute to the cultural life of Oak Ridge and East Tennessee by providing programs that promote a greater understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment for the art of dance. ORCBA offers workshops, programs, and performances to schools, youth organizations, civic groups, community events and the general public. Additionally, ORCBA offers a weekly outreach program to area school children. For more information - visit their website.
OAK RIDGE CIVIC MUSIC ASSOCIATION
The mission of the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association, Inc. (hereinafter referred to as ORCMA or the Association) is to provide quality music to the people of the Oak Ridge area; to provide opportunities for area residents to participate in the performance, presentation, and support of music; and to assist in the musical education of people of all ages. For more information - visit their website.
OAK RIDGE FOLK DANCERS
We meet evenings year around in Oak Ridge to learn and practice folk dances from countries around the world. We teach most dances before we dance them. Beginning dancers are welcome. No partner is needed. Teens and adults are welcome. For additional information - call 865-470-9536.
OAK RIDGE ARTS COUNCIL
Since 1956, the Arts Council of Oak Ridge has worked to raise the visibility of all arts groups, promote the arts as a community asset and assist its member organizations in fund raising efforts. The Arts Council consists of a board of community volunteers representing the arts, the corporate/business community and concerned citizens and an Executive Director.
The Arts Council's primary function is to conduct and coordinate the United Arts Fund drive that benefits our seven participating members. This once a year, coordinated effort requires hundreds of volunteer hours and as well as paid staff time from all organizations. It is during this effort that we ask the Oak Ridge business/corporate community for financial support for arts programming. For additional information - vist their website.
OAK RIDGE INVITATIONAL ART AND CRAFT SHOW
The Oak Ridge Invitational Art & Craft Show is held annually to showcase the work of both fine artists and craftsmen. The show invites talented artisans from Tennessee and nearby states to participate in a 3 day show held in Oak Ridge, TN, a small city with a long history of art and craft appreciation. More information concerning this show can be obtained by writing P.O. Box 5782, Oak Ridge, TN 37830
PELLISSIPPI STATE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
Pellissippi State's Performing Arts Center showcases a variety of regional and national performances. Handicap access and unlimited free parking make the theater an enjoyable activity for anyone. For additional information - visit their website.
PERFORMING ARTS & LECTURE SERIES
Music among friends offers classical music and jazz. For additional information - visit our information online.
RHEA COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL
Suppports the arts in Rhea County - further information - mail request to P. O. Box 323 Dayton, TN 37321
SEVIER COUNTY THEATRE GUILD
The Sevier County Theatre Guild is a voluntary organization committed to providing the Sevier County area with outlets for acting, directing, set design and production. We usually have four productions a year. For additional information - phone: (865) 428-9067.
SMOKY MOUNTAIN HARMONY CHORUS
Smoky Mountain Harmony is an organization of women singers and members of Sweet Adelines International committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education and performances. The chorus made up of 84 plus women, performs at a variety of functions throughout East Tennessee; competes in regional and international competitions; and is searching for new members who would like to join us in these activities. We invite you to come out and join us on Monday evening at 7:00 to 9:30 pm at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 6900 Nubbin Ridge Road in Knoxville, Tennessee. - visit their website.
SMOKY MOUNTAIN STORYTELLERS ASSOCIATION
SMSA is an organization of storytellers, storywriters, and story listeners. We exist to cultivate the art and promote the performance of storytelling in central East Tennessee and to help local storytellers improve their skills. For additional information - visit their website.
SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN NATURE PHOTOGRAPHERS
We are a non-profit educational organization dedicated to photography of the natural environment. Our motto is: "Sharing the Awareness of Nature thru photography." We were founded in 1991 and our home base is the Knoxville, TN, area which abounds in superb nature photo opportunities. We are near the Appalachian Mountains, the Smokies, and the lakes, streams and pastoral valleys of East Tennessee. For additional information - visit their website
TENNESSEE CHILDREN'S DANCE ENSEMBLE
A professional modern dance company, setting a high standard of excellence in dance using artists 8-17 years of age. To represent the State of Tennessee, the nation, and the world as dancing Ambassadors of Goodwill. To pursue excellence by aggressively marketing itself to family audiences using TCDE's unique young dancers as positive role models for children worldwide. For more information - visit their website
TENNESSEE STAGE COMPANY
The Tennessee Stage Company, located in Knoxville, Tennessee, is a professional theater company offering a year-round program of plays, readings, acting classes, and community outreach programs. Although our focus is on producing plays by regional (Southern) playwrights, TSC is perhaps best known for its annual summer Shakespeare in the Park series, which attracts visitors from throughout the Southeast. For more information - visit their website.
The beautiful Tennessee Theatre is a jewel of historic Knoxville, located in the heart of Downtown. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and honored as the Official State Theatre of Tennessee, "Knoxville's Grand Entertainment Palace" has something for everyone: classical music, vintage films, dance, theater, and stellar performances by today's hottest musicians. Visit the website
TENNESSEE VALLEY PLAYERS
Not for profit community theatre group providing quality musical productions and Reader's Theatre since 1980. For additional information - visit their website
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE SCHOOL OF MUSIC
The School of Music at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville offers more than 150 recitals and concerts each year. Additional information - call (865) 974-8935
VALLEYFEST FILM FESTIVAL
Annual International Film Festival - visit their website
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