The Arts and Economic Prosperity® 5 was conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. Established in 1960, they are dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts.  To complete this customized analysis for the Greater Kingsport Area, the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts joined the study as one of the 250 partners.  Each of the 250 partner organizations identified the universe of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations that are located in its region.  The Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 provides evidence that the nonprofit arts and culture sector is a significant industry in the Greater Kingsport Area—one that generates $29.5 million in total economic activity.

To read the full AEP5 results click here. You may read a short summary of results here.



Rise Together Kingsport Sketch by Charlie Brouwer

Rise Together Kingsport

­­­­­­­concept sketch at Renaissance Center by Charlie Brouwer

Rise Together Kingsport

a project by the City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, artist Charlie Brouwer and the Kingsport Community


  • everyone & every part of the community can participate in creating a temporary sculpture celebrating the combined hopes & dreams of Kingsport.
  • individuals, families, organizations, schools, churches, & businesses are invited to lend ladders (symbols of their hopes and dreams) to be joined together in a monumental sculpture towering in front of the Renaissance Center, spilling across its lawn to Center St.
  • the ladders can be real extension & step ladders, stepstools, or any form or size of ladder including handmade ladders from any material.
  • lenders can choose to be ordinary, creative, expressive with the ladders they lend.
  • each ladder will be registered, tagged to identify the lender, & they will be added to the “List of Ladder Lenders” that will appear on the project website & Facebook page & the list will be posted at the sculpture site.



Sept. 25 – Oct. 9, engaging community (soliciting, receiving, picking up ladders, giving talks in schools, meeting community groups, communicating to media, doing promotional events, etc.)

Oct. 10 – 13, building the sculpture (continuing to solicit, receive and pick-up ladders in the AM and working 2pm-7pm on building the sculpture).

Oct. 14, receiving ladders from 9AM until the last one is added at 2pm.

Nov. 13 – 17, taking down the sculpture and returning the ladders.


__________________________How You Can Help__________________________


  • Lend a ladder!
  • Tell your friends, club, church or community org. about it – think about parts of the community that should be included – help them get a ladder ready to lend.
  • Volunteer to help with the project (receiving & registering ladders, canvassing, picking up ladders for people who can’t transport them, assisting with handling ladders during building & take down…



More info at:        Follow us on Facebook: @risetogetherkingsport

Questions, want to lend a ladder or volunteer to help? Call 423-392-8414

Communities truly rise when everyone rises together!