FAQs about The Renaissance Arts Center & Theatre
The Renaissance Arts Center is conveniently located at 1200 East Center Street in Kingsport Tennessee. Visitors may easily access the facility from I-26, by taking exit 51, Wilcox Drive, and proceeding 3.1 miles to Center Street. At Center Street take a left and the facility is on your right as you top the hill.
- This is a gathering place where the community can celebrate creativity in personal and shared experiences of the arts.
- It’s an educational resource, serving all ages from pre-school to adult, enhancing arts education in schools and professional development for teachers;
- It’s an exhibit space for visual artists from America and beyond;
- It’s a multi-disciplinary complex offering theatre space, dance studio, meeting room and function spaces for the community-at-large.
The Renaissance Arts Center is home to The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, The Kingsport Senior Center, and a variety of nonprofit arts organizations including Engage Kingsport, The Symphony of the Mountains, Kingsport Art Guild, Kingsport Theatre Guild, KingsportARTS and the Suzuki Talent Association. The entire facility is handicap accessible.
The building is administrated by the City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts. They can be reached at (423) 392-8414, (423) 392-8415, or (423) 392-8416.
FOR SENIOR CENTER call (423) 392-8400
The Kingsport Renaissance Arts 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 galleries, gymnasium, meeting rooms and offices. The Kingsport Renaissance Arts 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 Arts 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 345-seat theatre throughout the year. The theatre is available for meetings and seminars and is an ideal facility for 345 people, with nearby breakout rooms, green rooms, dressing rooms and box office. It is suitable for all day functions with or without meals. It is fully handicap accessible.
A variety of rooms are available for rent, as well as a three-story atrium that seats 50 on each level. The atrium is ideal for a registration and refreshment area for up to 200 people. This arrangement is ideal to incorporate along with the use of the theatre, room 239, room 310, and/or the art gallery. The three levels of the sky lit atrium lend themselves to various forms of gatherings. You may also want to provide refreshments for your event, either by bringing your own food or making arrangements with your favorite caterer.The Art Galleries on the second level are open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 am–8:00 pm & Saturday 9 am–12 Noon. Also open during Special Events. The Art Galleries feature different exhibits each month. These displays are great to view during meeting breaks and performance intermissions.