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Walk for Wellness Expo

Be present for the history-making 2 Million Mile City announcement
at the region’s largest health and wellness expo.

This free event features complimentary health screenings and services, 50-plus vendors all with giveaways, a farmer’s market alley with fresh produce and healthy treats, a kid’s corner packed full of fun games, and two, community walks on the Greenbelt. Pets and strollers are welcome! For more information see our website by clicking here.

Beth Snapp 2018

Beth Snapp – ‘Don’t Apologize’ EP Release – Friday, August 31st!

‘Don’t Apologize’

Come hear the new songs by Beth Snapp.  Presented in conjunction with Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, Beth Snapp and NewSong Music proudly present the official EP Release! Be ready for the first opportunity to purchase physical EP copies as well as other merch! Stay tuned for some new songs, and maybe a surprise or two!


Words straight from Beth “To me, this EP is a continuation of a journey. My second project was largely an account of just coming out of a storm. I had survived, I knew things were going to get better, but there was some healing and processing to be done. As time passed, and I did the work to heal, I emerged into a new place. I realized that surviving the storm wasn’t enough. I realized I was put on this Earth to do more than survive.”

We hope that you’ll join us!!

For ticket link click here——>

Carousel birthday party balloon image

Its time for the Kingsport Carousel’s birthday party & Fun Fest party

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The 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!

Langley Shazor creative writing

Creative writing class with Langle “Casual Word” Shazor

Creative Writing Session
June 12th and June 19th  from 4-6 pm
Open to all age groups

Join Langley “Casual Word” Shazor for learning about poetry, prose, and typewriters. The goal of this class will be to help students break past the common obstacles that plague young writers: peer review, in writing revision, vocabulary, perfectionism, etc. This class is not designed to increase technical writing ability, but to help students tap into their creative capacity. Let’s overcome fear and harness true creativity.


Typewriters, paper, and recycle boxes will be provided. Students keep all written work & have the opportunity to be featured on’s poet of the week column (with signed parental consent forms [provided]).

The agenda for the event is as follows:

  • 4pm – Introduction
  • 4:30pm – Q&A
  • 5pm – writing
  • 6pm – Conclusion


$10/ Reserve your slot online by clicking here for the June 12th or click here for June 19th!

Kingsport Renaissance Arts Center, Rm#239

1200 E. Center Street, Kingsport, TN.

Contact Stella Robinette 423.276.6541 or the Office of Cultural Arts 423.392.8414.

Composition, Design and Lighting with Allison Parker

Composition, Design & Lighting

Gain confidence and add impact to your work through composition and value studies with Allison Parker

All ages welcome

In this class we will slow down from ‘going at it’ with the paintbrush to ask ourselves the difference between an accurate painting from an inspiring work of art. The exercises are a combination of illustration ideas from the Savannah College of Art and Fine Art Studies from the Grand Central Atelier.

OBJECTIVE:  We will examine compositional strategies used in illustration, landscape painting, figure painting, and abstract works of art.  Students will keep a sketchbook with thumbnail examples of each of the traditional compositional devices, such as the golden ratio, s-curve, asymmetrical X, and rule of thirds.  We will note how these strategies can be seen in both academic and contemporary works of art.

PROCESS: We will examine and sketch works of art old and new from a variety of styles to understand how different artists use these strategies to their benefit. Studies will include thumbnail (pencil/line), tonal value studies  (charcoal) and color poster studies (can be done in oils, watercolor, pencil, or acrylics). This class is open to the community.  KAG membership is not required


Date: Four Saturdays,  June 9-30th

Where: Kingsport Renaissance Center, 1200 E. Center St, Kingsport, Rm: 313

Time: 10:am – 1pm

Cost: $140.00

Instructor: Allison Parker

Please e-mail the instructor to reserve your spot at:

Please mail payment to:
A. Parker
207 West Locust St #3
Johnson City, Tn 37604

or pay online at:


Allison Parker is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia and the Grand Central Atelier in New York City. She teaches classical drawing and painting for all ages in the Tri-Cities. View her work online at

R&M Tribute Entertainment returns to Kingsport!

R&M Tribute Entertainment returns to the Renaissance Center in Kingsport, TN.

Join us for an evening of outstanding entertainment on Saturday, June 9 at the Renaissance Center Auditorium located at 1200 E. Center Street, Kingsport, TN. Show time is at 7:00 PM.

Elvis & Legends Tribute Show features tributes to the King of Rock N’ Roll – Elvis Presley, Ann Margaret, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette and Jeff Foxworthy.

Tickets are available for advanced purchase by contacting Missy Miller with R&M Tribute Entertainment at 865-684-6082. Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the show. VIP/Reserved seats are $20 and General Admission are $15 (12-6 years old $7.00 and 5 and under are FREE). DEBIT/CREDIT is available for advanced purchase.

Brandon E will perform the ‘70’s concert era along with our special guest and Pigeon Forge headliner, Stewart Chapman to perform the 50’s & 60’s era. Chloe Paige as Ann Margaret will also be making a guest appearance. Ronnie Miller will pay tribute to Johnny Cash, Makenna Harmon performs her tribute to Loretta Lynn and Donna Kestler performs her tribute to Tammy Wynette. Along with our tributes we have incorporated some comedian humor. Jamie Simpson has been voted #1 in the world for his Jeff Foxworthy tribute. Jamie is also our emcee for the show.

Ronnie Miller is from Maryville, TN. He is a multi-award winning, professional Elvis Tribute Artist, entertainer, singer, and performer. Ronnie has won several local and national singing awards. He was inducted into National Elvis Organizations. He is also a Johnny Cash Tribute Artist as well as performs a wide variety of country & gospel entertainment. Ronnie will be performing his tribute to Johnny Cash.

Brandon E is from Athens, TN. Brandon grew up surrounded by all of the music Elvis loved so much; blues, country, rock and gospel. Brandon developed a love for Elvis and his music at an early age. He has performed Elvis tributes in many venues all over the Southeast. Brandon has won many awards and accolades in his many years as an Elvis Tribute Artist. He most recently (2017) placed in the Smoky Mountain Elvis contest held in Pigeon Forge, TN. Brandon will be performing the ‘70’s stage concert era.

Stewart Chapman is from Stanardsville, Virginia, but recently relocated to Pigeon Forge, TN. In 2016, Stewart won second place in an Elvis contest at the Lake George Elvis Festival. He current performs as a headliner in Pigeon Forge, TN. He will be performing the ‘50’s & ’60’s era of the Kings of Rock N’ Roll.

Chloe Page is from GA. She currently resides in Pigeon Forge, TN. She performs Ann Margaret along with other tributes. She is a new and upcoming performer in the PF area.

Jamie Simpson is known as the number one Jeff Foxworthy impersonator in the world. He has met and performed with the real Jeff Foxworthy and currently travels the country performing his tribute. He has performed at theaters in and around Pigeon Forge for decades.

Makenna Harmon is from Seymour, TN. She has a passion for traditional country music. She performs tributes to Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline. She was named the 2018 Entertainer of the Year and Vocalist of the Year in traditional country music in the North American Country Music Association International.

Donna Kestler is from Maryville, TN. She has been performing for over 30 years. She performs her Tammy Wynette tribute as well as a wide variety of country artists. She was the first female in East Tennessee that brought the popular karaoke to the area. Since then she has developed her tributes to country music and performed in the East TN and surrounding areas.

For more information about the show or to purchase tickets contact Missy Miller at (865) 684-6082 or

Peter Cook: Teller-In-Residence

Peter Cook is an internationally renowned deaf performing artist whose work incorporates American Sign Language, pantomime, storytelling, acting and movement. Cook has presented his work both nationally and internationally, including at the Kennedy Center, the National Book Festival and in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Japan. He has also appeared on PBS and traveled extensively with Flying Words Project to promote ASL literature. Cook teaches at Columbia College, where he received an Excellence in Teaching award. He calls Chicago home, where his favorite audience is still his son.

“Cook incorporates … the most elastic facial maneuvers this side of Robin Williams.” – LA Weekly

Ticket Prices: Adult $12 Senior $11
Time: 2 PM – 3 PM Daily Tuesday – Saturday

Come listen to Jennifer Munro: Teller-In-Residence

Born in a small English village where children were seen, but never heard, Jennifer learned the important arts of listening and watching. Her keen observations of life have translated into a repertoire of personal stories that resonate with the frailty and resilience of the human experience. Populated with memorable characters that spring vividly to life, her carefully crafted tales, delivered with a masterful sense of timing, take the listener on a roller coaster ride of emotions that elicit both laughter and tears. Her performance venues include the Alabama Tale Tellin’ Festival, the Nebraska Storytelling Festival, and the Illinois Storytelling Festival.

“The highlight of the entire morning was listening to your story. I sat back in my seat mesmerized by your every word. You captivated every person in that room.” – Madison School District, CT

Ticket Prices: Adult $12 Senior $11
Time: 2 PM – 3 PM Daily Tuesday – Saturday

Come see Alton Chung: Teller-In-Residence at the International Storytelling Center

Alton Chung performs internationally, sharing stories and legends from Hawaii and spreading aloha. He tells stories from the Hawaiian Monarchy and the Plantation Days as well as Asian folktales from all around the Pacific Rim. He also shares stories of the Japanese American Experience of WWII. Chung has performed at the Congress of Asian Storytellers in Singapore, the International Gimistory Storytelling Festival in the Cayman Islands and the Bay Area Storytelling Festival, among others. He was awarded the first J.J. Reneaux Emerging Artist award by the National Storytelling Network.

“Chung was captivating with his facial expressions and acting skills, as he switched alter-egos … No one missed a word.” – Honolulu

WeeklyTicket Prices: Adult $12 Senior $11
Time: 2 PM – 3 PM Daily Tuesday – Saturday

Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton live at the International Storytelling Center

Although only in his twenties, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton has earned a reputation for transporting audiences back to the 1920’s and making them wish they could stay there for good. An amazing multi-instrumentalist, his ability to transform traditional jazz, blues, folk, and country into the here and now – coupled with his humor and storytelling – makes for a uniquely engaging performance. Paxton was nominated this year for the International Folk Music Artist of the Year.

“Paxton seems to effortlessly embody the spirit of early music including ragtime, ‘20s jazz and Dust Bowl-era blues, delivering them through a dizzying display of virtuosity on guitar, piano, banjo, and fiddle.” – Living Blues

Ticket Prices: Adult $12 Senior $11
Time: 2 PM – 3 PM Daily Tuesday – Saturday