Arts Council of Greater Kingsport Collection, 1970-2016

KC Manuscript Collection 398

Title: Arts Council of Greater Kingsport Collection, 1970-1988, 1984-2016
Collection Number: Kingsport Community Manuscript Collection 398
Physical Description: 4 boxes, 3 slides boxes, 1 oversized folder
Creator: Various
Repository: Archives of the City of Kingsport

Provenance: The collection was donated to the Archives of the City of Kingsport by Cathie Faust, on behalf of the Arts Council of Greater Kingsport, in August 1999.
Access/Restrictions: There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.
Processed by: Karen V. Ankabrandt, archives intern, processed the collection and developed the finding aid in December 2008. Kari Roueche processed an addition made to the collection under the name KingsportARTS in August 2017.

This collection should be cited as:
Arts Council of Greater Kingsport Collection, 1970-1988. KC Manuscript Collection 398, Archives of the City of Kingsport, Tennessee.

The Arts Council of Greater Kingsport Collection contains photographs and slides of events sponsored by the Council. Events such as children’s programs, theatrical and musical performances are included in the collection.


The organization was founded under the name Fine Arts Center. The group purchased and renovated the former First Methodist Church on Church Circle as a workshop, rehearsal, and performance space. The organization’s name was eventually changed to the Arts Council of Great Kingsport and was housed within the Renaissance Center. The Renaissance Center, located at 1200 E. Center St., was originally the old Lincoln School and then became Sevier Junior High when a new Lincoln was built. The Arts Council changed its name in the 2000s to Kingsport ARTS, which closed its doors due to funding issues on June 30, 2016.

Kingsport Arts Council, Kingsport, Tennessee.


Box 1

1. Title Slides (Meeting to Discuss 1982-83 Year; Overview of Arts Council Programs), 1982-83
2. Title Slides of Art Programs, March 1987
3. Sidewalk Sale at the Fine Arts Center (Judy’s Exhibit), Slides, undated
4. Spring Showcase Slides, 1986
5. Studio Glass at Fine Arts Center Slides, 1985
6. People in Various Musical and Craft Programs, Slides, 1971
7. “Kites,” an Art Show, Slides, 1987?
8. Children Doing Art and Craft Projects, Slides, 1984?
9. Dramatic Performance and Art Displays, Slides, undated
10. Art Projects, a Dramatic Performance, and an Orchestra Recital Slides, undated
11. Studio Glass Art Projects, Slides, undated
12. Artventures Children’s Program Slides, March 1983
13. Paint-In Slides, March 1987

Box 2

1. Performances, Group Activities, and Art Projects Advertising Fine Arts Center, Slides, undated 1975
2. Movie Scenes (Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, etc.), Slides, undated
3. Various Theatre Guild Performances, Slides, 1970, 1973, and undated
4. First Artventure Children’s Program Slides, 1983
5. Downtown Arts and Crafts Festival Slides, 1982
6. Artventures Slides, 1984
7. Spring Gala Slides, 1987
8. Artventures Outreach Slides, 1987
9. Artventures Outreach Slides, 1988
10. Arts in Education Slides, 1988
11. Miscellaneous Slides, 1971 and 1975
12. A Little Night Music Performance Slides, undated

Box 3

1. The Crackerjacks, a Performance, Slides, 1987
2. Unknown Play Slides, performed 1985
3. Glass Exhibit Slides, 1985 and undated
4. Drawing/ Painting Class Slides, undated
5. Artventures Slides, 1984
6. Social Gathering for Members of the Art Guild, Slides, 1984
7. Netherland Inn, Slides, undated

Box 4

1. Arts in Entertainment Sessions on Cassette Tapes, undated
2. Workshops on Cassette Tapes, and 45mm Films-?, undated
3. Dance Performances Outside Library, Photographs, 1988
4. Arts in Education Conference and Workshop, Photographs, 1988
5. Recital, Office, Dinner, and Performance Photographs, 1988
6. Chinese Art Display, Photographs, 1988?
7. Activities Sponsored by the Fine Arts Center (a Dance, Singers, and a Celebration), Photographs, 1988
8. Hot Air Balloons, Group Meeting for Lunch, and Office Worker Photographs, undated
9. The Revivers and Mark Rydell Photographs, 1983
Unknown Play Photographs, undated
10. Arts Venture Photographs, 1988
Fine Arts Center Building Photographs, 1982
11. The Fine Arts Center- Groups, Activities, and the Building, Photographs, 1988
12. The Imaginer Performance Photographs, undated
13. Office, Dinner Gathering, and Event in Downtown Kingsport Photographs, undated
14. Arts in Education Conference Photographs, undated
15. Kites Art Show Photographs, undated
16. Art Project in Downtown Kingsport Photographs, undated
17. Unknown Dramatic Performance Photographs, undated
18. Artventures Photographs, 1985
19. Museum Pieces and Art Display Photographs, undated
20. Music Concert at Glenn Bruce Park Photographs, undated
21. Children’s Activity at Dobyns-Bennett High School Gymnasium Photographs, undated
22. Dance Activities and Orchestra Performance in the Robinson Middle School Gymnasium Photographs, undated
23. Dance Activities for Children, Photographs, undated
24. Miscellaneous Photographs of the Fine Arts Center Building, undated
25. Miscellaneous Activities, Photographs, 1987 and undated

Box 5

1. Arts for Kids, Extra Media Copies, June 2006-June 2010
2. Arts 4 Kids and Jack programs, photographs (cd), 2004-06, & 2011
3. Arts Awards and fundraisers, 1994, 1997-99, 2003-04, 2006
4. Correspondence, 2009-2016, and undated
5. Just Arts Club for Kids (Jack), later Arts 4 Kids, October 2004-July 2006
6. Miscellaneous, 1994-2013, and undated

Box 6

1. Photographs, undated 1 of 2
2. Photographs, undated 2 of 2
3. Murder Mystery photograph album, 1994, additional photographs, undated (all unlabeled)
Box 7

1. News and publicity, 1994-2016
2. Newspaper clippings, 1977, 1982-87

Box 8

1. Programs, 1985-2010 and undated
2. Slides, studio art and artists, programs, banquets, and unlabeled, 1984-85 and undated
3. Murder at the Renaissance Center, photo album, undated
4. Murder at the Renaissance Center, photo album, 1993
5. Arts Crawl drinking glass, undated

1. Scrapbook, 1968-1994