hades of Blue Jazz Ensemble

*SOLD OUT* Presenting the USAF Band of Mid-America’s Shades of Blue at the Renaissance Center

This veteran’s day, the USAF Band of Mid-America’s Shades of Blue honoring those who have have fought to defend our freedom. This jazz ensemble will present a concert at the Renaissance Center Theatre in Kingsport, TN on Nov 11, 2018 at 2:30 pm. The concert is now SOLD OUT.

The Renaissance Center is located at 1200 E Center St, Kingsport, Tennessee 37660. For any additional information please contact bandofmidamerica@gmail.com or the Office of Cultural Arts at 423-392-8414.

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Sculpture Walk XI begins with a reception with Mike Roig!

Sculpture Walk XI takes on a new form with sculpture talks and hands on sculpture workshops. Rolling out as a series, the sculptures for Sculpture Walk XI will be installed separately over several months. The first of which will be installed on September 28, followed by a sculpture talk and workshop.

The artist for the first two sculptures of the walk is Mike Roig. Mike’s pieces are often kinetic – moving effortlessly with the wind, providing great interest. They are expertly wrought in stainless, industrial steel and other durable materials. Mike will install two pieces on Friday, September 28. ‘Moondance’ will be installed in the Ridgefields Circle and ‘Aerial’ will be installed in Downtown Kingsport. Mike lives and works in Carrboro, NC where he and his wife, author-artist Clay Carmichael, maintain the Heartworks Studio.

On Friday, September 28 the Office of Cultural Arts invites the public to a reception and talk with artist Mike Roig. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the talk will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Kingsport Public Library – after 5:30, please enter from the Shelby Street parking lot.

For more information, please or call 423-392-8414. For more information on Mike Roig, visit www.mikeroig.com.

Tom Borrup

Tom Borrup presents “Art, Culture, Creativity Transform Communities”

Artist, Arts Organizations, Creatives are Encouraged to Attend Keynote Speech

Presented by Tom Borrup

On Thursday, September 27, 2018

The TN Planners Association Conference is at Meadowview Convention Center in Kingsport, TN
8:00am/ Keynote Speech by Tom Borrup located in the Cattails Ballroom
9:30am – 11:00am/ Special Follow-up session especially for Artists, Arts/Cultural Organizations located in the Appalachian Board Room

*Both events are FREE but registration is recommended*

To register Click Here

Tom Borrup, Ph.D is the founder of Creative Community Builders. He consults with cities, foundations, and nonprofits integrating arts, economic development, urban planning and design, civic engagement, and animation of public space. His 2006 book The Creative Community Builder’s Handbook, remains the leading text in the field. As Executive Director of Minneapolis’ Intermedia Arts 1980-2002, Tom helped transform a diverse urban neighborhood while building a nationally recognized multidisciplinary, cross-cultural organization. Tom serves as Director of Graduate Studies for the University of Minnesota’s Master in Arts and Cultural Leadership. He earned his Ph.D. in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.

Do towns and cities have personalities? If so, how do we describe them? Can our cities and towns – through their planning and design – be places that reflect the rich diversity of people who live in them? Is this even possible? If broken and dysfunctional, can the personalities of our communities be repaired? Who can do that? And, how do the personalities of planners, architects, developers and designers impact the landscapes of our towns and cities?

One of the most fertile partnerships in the reinvigoration of cities and towns over the past two or three decades has been between cities and their arts and cultural sectors. Can partnerships that leverage creativity, cultural amenities, and walkable community design bring more cultural and economic inclusiveness? Can these partnerships contribute to healthy personalities of places?

These are weighty questions for planners and city leaders to ponder. Tom Borrup, in his keynote presentation, will examine these phenomena and identify some of the ways that culture and creativity – and the people and institutions in that sector – have moved communities towards greater inclusiveness and healthier personalities. Based on Winston Churchill’s assertion that: “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us” , Borrup uses a multitude of images collected from cities around the world, scholarly writing, and decades of his experience in animating communities with the help of artists.

Want to help save our rivers & streams? Enter the first annual Storm Drain Art Contest!

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Join us for the Kingsport Carousel’s birthday party & Fun Fest block party

Carousel birthday party balloon imageThe Kingsport Carousel is turning 3!!!

You are invited to help us celebrate on July 7th from 10 am -1 pm at the Kingsport Farmers Market and Kingsport Carousel.  There will be FREE Carousel Rides, rock painting, music, games, Kona Ice, plein air paining, Joe P signing his book and more!  We hope to see you there!

The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts invites your input.

We Would Like YOUR Input!!

The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts invites the Kingsport community to share input for a Public Art Master Plan.  The City’s public art program was created in 2006 and includes a ‘Percent for Art’ Ordinance and established a Public Art Committee.  The Committee created Sculpture Walk in 2007 and has annually exhibited contemporary outdoor sculpture for over 10 years.  Over the years, several sculptural pieces have been purchased or commissioned for Kingsport and more recently murals have been added to help celebrate the community.  In 2017, the Office of Cultural Arts organized two temporary public art installations, Humanae and Rise Together Kingsport.  Now it is time to work on a new plan of action, and the public is encouraged to fill out the attached survey.   A round table discussion will be held on Thursday May 10 at 4 PM in room 310 of the Kingsport Renaissance Center.

 

To take the survey click here!