Arts & Music


Appalachian Center for Craft
The Appalachian Center for Craft is a satellite campus of Tennessee Tech University (TTU) located on more than 500 wooded acres overlooking Center Hill Lake. The mission of the Appalachian Center for Craft is to promote excellence in American craft by teaching both tradition and innovation in professional studio craft, and fostering access to the highest quality craft education, craft artists, craft works and events in a community arts context.

Art on the West Side & Downtown Square
A walk on the Historic West Side and Downtown Square in Cookeville offers both contemporary and historic venues. A collaboration of art galleries and unique boutiques create the most inspiring atmosphere.

Art ’Round Tennessee
A nonprofit group that organizes the Art Prowl, an annual event held in the West Side Cultural District of Cookeville, as well as locations in and around Cookeville.

Backdoor Playhouse
Backdoor Playhouse, one of the best-kept secrets on the TTU campus, has been entertaining the Upper Cumberland community with dramatic productions for more than 50 years. The Backdoor Playhouse is located on the first floor of the Jere Whitson Building. 

Bryan Symphony Orchestra
Located in the Wattenbarger Auditorium of the Bryan Fine Arts Building on the TTU campus, the orchestra performs several times a year in Dogwood Park and in TTU’s Wattenbarger Auditorium. It draws professional musicians from all over Middle and East Tennessee. Their mission is to engage, educate, and enrich our community through the performance of live music.

Cookeville Performing Arts Center
The Cookeville Performing Arts Center is a 456-seat live performance theater owned by the City of Cookeville and operated by the Department of Leisure Services.

Cumberland Art Society
Cumberland Art Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is supported by its members and generous friends of the arts. Cookeville Art Studio and Gallery is located in Cookeville, TN.  The gallery features monthly exhibits or shows. The studio serves many purposes such as classes, open studio, and critiques.  All of these events are open to the public.  Check out our event calendar and find something fun to do next week!

Joan Derryberry Art Gallery
Located on the first floor of the Roaden University Center on TTU’s campus, this ever-changing art gallery is named after Joan Derryberry, TTU’s first lady from 1940-1974.

Upper Cumberland Art Alliance
UCAA, an organization that nurtures, celebrates and assists individual artists and other art organizations, was founded in 1989 but was last revitalized in 2005.

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*Information courtesy of THE CITY OF COOKEVILLE