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Knoxville has many options available to fully appreciate arts and culture in the area. Listed below are a few to enjoy.

Arts & Culture Alliance
100 S. Gay Street
Located in the Emporium Building which houses the Rodman Townsend, Sr., Memorial Gallery, the administrative offices of the Arts and Culture Alliance, nine other arts and cultural organizations, and studio and gallery space for individual artists.

Beck Cultural Exchange Center
1927 Dandridge Avenue
One of the oldest museums and historical reservoirs of African-American heritage and achievement in the Southeastern United States, this museum depicts the history of African-Americans through its extensive collection of photographs, newspapers, audio and video recordings, biographies, books, and artwork.

Bijou Theatre
803 S. Gay St.
Knoxville's fourth oldest building, this historic landmark was built in 1817 and offers an array of musicals, light operas, dances, plays with music, and many more special events.

Carpet Bag Theatre
3018 E. Fifth Avenue
A community based, non-profit, professional theatre company dedicated to the production of new works.

Circle Modern Dance Company
1010 Laurel Ave.
Founded in the fall of 1990 to provide Knoxville audiences with an alternative to the current dance experiences available.

Clarence Brown Theatre
1714 Andy Holt Blvd.
Built in 1970 and dedicated to Clarence Brown, a University of Tennessee alumnus and distinguished film director, this 576-seat proscenium theater presents a wide variety of theatrical and dance performances by faculty, students, and professional guest artists.

Ewing Gallery of Art & Architecture
1715 Volunteer Blvd.
The Ewing Gallery features works of contemporary artists and architects. Exhibitions change monthly.

First Friday in Downtown Knoxville
On the First Friday of every month, galleries and storefronts overflow with art exhibitions, wine tastings, music and special sales in Downtown Knoxville.

McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture
At 1327 Circle Park Drive
A general museum with collections in anthropology, archaeology, decorative arts, medicine, local history and natural history. The exhibits document ways of life, cultural trends, and technologies from prehistoric times to the present day, and showcase much of Tennessee's past -- its geology, history, art, and culture.

Jubilee Community Arts / Laurel Theatre
1538 Laurel Avenue
Jubilee Community Arts (JCA) is a regional, community cultural center dedicated to preserving and presenting the traditional arts of Southern Appalachians.

Knoxville Museum of Art
1050 World's Fair Park
KMA showcases exhibitions from around the world and a permanent collection of contemporary art. The museum contains four galleries, gardens and a museum shop. Accredited by the American Association of Museums.

Knoxville Opera
612 E. Depot Ave.
Enjoy seasonal opera in Knoxville and an exciting Rossini Festival with fun, food, operas and other fine arts.

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra
The Emporium Building
100 South Gay Street, Suite 302
Stellar guest artists and superstar entertainers join the virtuoso musicians of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra for concert series. 

Muse Knoxville
516 North Beaman Street
Hands-on science center offers educational fun for children of all ages. Exhibits explore physical science, life science, astronomy, geology and more. The Planetarium offers a simulated look at our nighttime sky.

Tennessee Children's Dance Ensemble
4216 Sutherland Avenue
Professional modern dance company that consist of 24 young dancers from ages eight to seventeen who perform regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Tennessee Stage Company
1060 World's Fair Park Drive
A professional theatre company which presents the annual East Tennessee Shakespeare in the Park Festival and Knoxville New Play Festival.

Tennessee Theatre
604 S. Gay St.
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.

Tennessee Valley Players
Tennessee Valley Players is a not-for-profit community theatre group incorporated in the state of Tennessee. For the last 30+ years, the players have produced such shows as "West Side Story", "South Pacific", "Of Thee I Sing", "Girl Crazy", "Babes In Toyland", "Annie", "Showboat", "Nunsense", "Lady Be Good", and "Strike Up the Band" and many others. The Players have also done plays such as "Arsenic and Old Lace", "Blithe Spirit", and "Private Lives". They have performed in such venues as the Tennessee Theatre, Clarence Brown, Carousel Theatre, The Bijou, and Clayton Performing Arts Center.

The WordPlayers
A professional company of Christian theatre artists which produces MainStage shows in Knoxville theatre venues, touring shows throughout East TN and other theatre programming.

WDVX Blue Plate Special
301 South Gay Street
865-544-1029 ext. 221
Fax: 865-566-0150
Radio Station WDVX's mid-day live radio shows.