Johnson City’s Creative Scene


Johnson City’s Creative Scene

By on Nov 17 2023

November 17, 2023

This regional hub is leading a modern arts renaissance, showcasing stunning murals and lively treasures all throughout town! Plan to experience the arts, and learn about Appalachian culture on your next visit to Johnson City, Tennessee.

Johnson City’s Creative Scene



The city’s own Founders Park is a great place to begin your artistic journey right downtown. The Phil Pindzola Biennial Sculpture Exhibition features a variety of leased artwork, displayed alongside a peaceful walking path around the park. These sculptures add a unique and dynamic element to the city, encouraging you to explore further and pause in admiration with plenty of spots to grab a bite to eat nearby.

Sculptures found here provide a sense of belonging and can be a source of inspiration and reflection for visitors, with an abundance of greenspace to sit and relax. See works like Through Someone Else’s Eyes by Elisha Gold, featuring a 3D head sculpture made of steel.

Art is a pillar in Northeast Tennessee, inviting you to express yourself and explore the deep roots that mend these Appalachian communities together. Treat yourself to an afternoon with the arts by gallery hopping around town, or sign up for a maker’s class for hands-on fun, like pottery painting at Into The Fire.


Explore these nearby galleries for seasonal displays from regional artists:


Atelier 133

Reece Museum

Tipton Gallery 

Ravenworks Gallery

August Muse

Griffin Art Gallery

Mill Spring Makers Market

Nelson Fine Art Center


Experience stories waiting to be told around Johnson City by taking a walk along the mural scavenger hunt (link to fall_southern dozen blog). From tales of the Johnson City Sessions, influencing artists like Doc Watson and Bob Dylan, to wildlife and outdoor recreation~ the city is beaming with uncovered treasures!


These murals showcase the area’s rich history in bluegrass music and deep connection to community through celebration of the arts. Snap a picture on your walk, and tag @visitjohnsoncity for a chance to be featured!


The Johnson City Public Art Committee has facilitated a number of  sculptures and murals throughout the city, which celebrate the city’s history and heritage. These artworks serve as landmarks and gathering places for residents and visitors alike.


To learn more about the developing arts scene around Johnson City and beyond, check out this recent podcast episode on Empowering the Arts with Paula Augustine and Alec Castro here.



For more fun trip ideas, check out things to do around Johnson City. (link to blog page)

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