Appalachian Council for the Arts
The Tri-Cities Arts Council was organized in 1965 with the purpose of prompting the arts, including the performing arts, and artists in the Bristol-Johnson City-Kingsport, Tenn. area. It was chartered by the State of Tennessee in 1966. The council was renamed the Appalachian Council for the Arts in 1978 to emphasize the fact that its membership had grown to encompass Southwest Virginia and upper East Tennessee beyond the original cities of Bristol, Kingsport, and Johnson City. The council promoted art exhibits, musical programs, arts education, and served as a clearinghouse for regional artists, writers, craftsmen, and musicians. The council is now defunct.