Kingsport has a wonderful tradition of public-private partnership and we can clearly see this in the annual Sculpture Walk exhibition, April 26–27, 2012.  The annual Sculpture Walk is a juried temporary exhibition of sculpture in the heart of Downtown Kingsport that changes each year.  Kingsport has developed a program with great impact and return that contributes to the effort of improving livability in the city.  Over the last 6 years, through individual gifts and endowments, the city has been able to acquire 8 sculptures from this temporary exhibition to be part of their permanent growing public art collection.  In addition to the sculptures themselves, the unveiling of the yearly exhibition has brought on a new tradition, Downtown Kingsport Association’s pARTy in the heART, a rather unique downtown festival.  The celebration includes a reception with the artists, a tour of the new sculptures guided by the juror and an arts celebration in the heart of Downtown Kingsport.

Visitors can enjoy face painting, food vendors, a ballet performance, theater performance, and musicians in the street, street performers and more.

Finished animals of the Kingsport Carousel Project will also be on display in Downtown Kingsport.  Folks can check out the progress being made by the Kingsport Carousel Project as its team of volunteer carvers and painters show off at various local downtown businesses. The public will be able to get information on sponsorship and volunteer opportunities still available.

For more information on the Sculpture Walk call the City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts at (423) 392-8414 or visit www.EngageKingsport.com