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About Arts in the Gap


What is Arts in the Gap (AITG)?

Arts in the Gap (AITG) is an art program run in conjunction with Lincoln Memorial University and the town of Cumberland Gap Tennessee. AITG is cultivating artists, embracing Appalachian culture, and connecting communities. We do this by hosting workshops and performances that help engage participants in our areas cultural and creative practices. Workshops and performances are held in the summer months of May and June. The workshops and events cover various aspects of visual and performance arts.

Where is AITG Located?

Workshops and events are held on the main campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN and at the LMU Center for the Arts in the charming town of Cumberland Gap, TN.

Who Is aitg for?

AITG is for everyone and anyone who is willing to try something new or wants to better their art skills. AITG is for artists looking to learn new skills and have an opportunity to teach others. Adults looking to expand their knowledge in art, music, performing, creating or discovering the cultural and creative heritage of the area. AITG is also for children looking to get creative with visual art, get hands on with performance art, and learn about Appalachian culture in a way geared towards their age group.

Our History

We started AITG to connect the community and Lincoln Memorial University together in celebration of the regions rich culture and creative heritage. Since its founding in 2013 we have connected over 1,000 participants with over 100 artists. We have mixed the creative works of visual and performance art with that of cultural and traditional arts of the region, thus creating a festival that embraces our past while looking forward to the future of art and artists in our area. We hope you will join us at one of our workshops or events and become part of our celebration of the past, present, and future.


Arts in the Gap is dedicated to the creativity and cultural heritage of Appalachia as well as providing art opportunities for those living in the Cumberland Gap region and the tri-state region of Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia. 


To offer workshops, events, and programing that celebrate our Appalachian arts and culture, our artistic heritage both past and future, while also embracing our natural environment. As well as encouraging the community to create and engage with the arts in their daily lives within the tri-state region of Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia. 


To provide opportunities for the community to learn and engage with traditional, intergenerational, interdisciplinary, and emerging arts and cultural opportunities within the Cumberland Gap region.