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Christmas Connection Applications NOW AVAILABLE!

logo for 42nd yearOPEN CALL for Art and Craft Vendors for Christmas Connection 2021!

 

Kingsport, TN – Calling all artists, artisans, creatives, and craftspeople of all trades! Applications are being taken for those wishing to exhibit in this 2-day event, taking place on November 12th & 13th, 2021 at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium.

“The Christmas Connection – Artistic Creations Fair” is sponsored by the City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and is celebrating its 42nd year of artistic creations in 2021!  A very well established cultural event in Kingsport, the event hosts the region’s best craftspeople, artisans, artists, and creatives.  People from our region and beyond look forward to The Christmas Connection year after year.

Application deadline is July 1, 2021.  There is no cost to apply. Christmas Connection is by invitation only.  All applications are reviewed by a selection committee, taking various factors into consideration in order to create a high quality, attractive show having a good mix of artistic and crafting creations.

This year’s Christmas Connection will take place the second weekend in November, due to covid-related scheduling logistics, at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium.

DATES/HOURS:

FREE Admission to the public!

Fri. Nov. 12:  10AM – 7PM

Sat. Nov. 13:  10AM – 7PM

Application deadline is July 1, 2021.  Here is a link to download the 2021 application packet:  CC21Application

 

Now Accepting Art Applications for New City Hall Gallery

Now Accepting Applications for New City Hall Gallery

The Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts is looking for regional and local artists to be featured in the new city hall main lobby. Art submissions will be entered into an artist database and future exhibits at the new city hall will draw from this database of submissions. Exhibits will be temporary, lasting one month to three months. If you would like to be considered for exhibiting your work, you may submit via email or mail a packet to the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts.

If emailing, please send all inquiries/submissions to KingsportArtEntry@gmail.com.

When submitting your work, please include the following information, along with 5-9 photos of your work and a copy of your artist statement.

Subject line of your email:  “City Hall + [Your last name]”

Please include all of the following information in the body of your email:

Name:

Company Name (if applicable):

Phone Number:

Email address:

Type of Art (Art Medium):

How many pieces do you have available to exhibit?

Have you exhibited your artwork before?      If so, where?

Please attach the following items to your email: 

  • Your Artist Statement (If you have one.)
  • 5-9 pictures of your work (Please make sure your images are a small enough file size to send through email if choosing this option. Do not exceed 12MB per email)

If mailing, please include all application info, a copy of your artist statement and 5-9 pictures of your work. Mail your submission packet to the address below:

City of Kingsport, Office of Cultural Arts
1200 East Center Street
Kingsport, TN 37660

For more information about submitting art for the new city hall gallery, please email KingsportArtEntry@gmail.com or call 423-392-8414.

Now Accepting Art Applications for New City Hall Gallery

ChristmasConnection 2018

2020 Christmas Connection Applications NOW AVAILABLE!

ChristmasConnection 2018

2020 CHRISTMAS CONNECTION
DATES:  (FRI – SUN)  NOV. 13, 14, 15, 2020

THE CHRISTMAS CONNECTION –
ARTISTIC CREATIONS FAIR!

2020 Christmas Connection
(Fri – Sun) Nov. 13, 14, 15, 2020
Now accepting Applications! (see below)

The Christmas Connection is a very well established cultural event in Kingsport, hosting some of the region’s best craft artists. This favorite holiday staple is looked forward to year after year!  Year 2020 will be the 41st consecutive year serving the artists and the community! This year’s Christmas Connection will be held the 2nd weekend in November, due to elections being held the 1st week, at the Civic Auditorium.  The Civic Auditorium will host artistic creations in various media, just in time for Christmas gift shopping.

Dates of 2020:  November 13, 14, 15, 2020

Location: Kingsport Civic Auditorium

Sponsored by: City of Kingsport, Office of Cultural Arts (423) 392-8414

Website: https://Arts.KingsportTN.gov

Event Link: https://fb.me/e/bQsjvDJSg

Email: ChristmasConnection@KingsportTN.gov

Admission: Admission to this fun-filled, shopping event is FREE and open to the public!

Applications: July 1 – DEADLINE for applications & photos. No cost to apply!  Acceptance is by invitation only. All applications are reviewed by a selection committee, taking various factors into consideration in order to create a high quality, attractive show having a good mix of artistic and crafting creations. There will be a limited number of exhibitions for each category or media.  Application packet is now available!  Download 2020 application packet HERE

 

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!

Christmas Connection 2018 Application

ChristmasConnection 2018

 

The Christmas Connection is a very well established cultural event in Kingsport, hosting some of the region’s best craft artists. This favorite holiday staple is looked forward to year after year! In 2018, this will be the 39th consecutive year serving the artists and the community! The Civic Auditorium will host artistic creations in various media, just in time for Christmas gift shopping. **Due to elections taking place at the Civic Auditorium on the first weekend of November, this year’s Christmas Connection will take place on the 2nd full weekend, November 9, 10, 11, 2018.**

Location: Kingsport Civic Auditorium

Sponsored by: City of Kingsport, Office of Cultural Arts (423) 392-8414

Website: www.EngageKingsport.com or www.KingsportTN.gov

Email: ChristmasConnection@KingsportTN.gov

Admission: Admission to this fun-filled, shopping event is FREE and open to the public!

Applications: July 1 – DEADLINE for applications & photos. No cost to apply!  Acceptance is by invitation only. All applications are reviewed by a selection committee, taking various factors into consideration in order to create a high quality, attractive show having a good mix of artistic and crafting creations. There will be a limited number of exhibitions for each category or media.  Application packet will be available April 6th 2018!  Click Here to download the application packet!