We are creating an engine for Economic Development in Appalachia through the arts


Help us make the Appalachian Highlands a better place to live and work through innovation and entrepreneurship centered around the arts.





To integrate arts and business for the benefit of our region.


Create Appalachia’s goal is to make the Appalachian Highlands a better place to live and work through innovation and entrepreneurship centered around the arts.

We are working to support an environment that will generate new businesses that provide jobs in the arts, and encourage graduates from our colleges and universities to stay in our community. We want to help grow a strong, 21st century creative industry in Northeast Tennessee.

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Create Appalachia

Here’s the latest going on with us at Create Appalachia, and some bits about the amazing creative activity in our region. Do you have a story for our arts and economic development community you’d like to see us feature? Give us a shout!

Accelerate your business at Create Appalachia 

Coming in 2021!  We are recruiting new businesses to become members of our entrepreneurship community, particularly those in digital media and related fields such as Animation, Game Design, Interactive Media, 3D Visualization, Visual Effects, Cinema, and Virtual and Augmented Reality production.

Please contact us to see if your business qualifies and to find out how we may be able to help you grow or accelerate your business.

Incubation and Co-working

The Create Appalachia Center for Arts & Technology (the CAAT) offers entrepreneurs access to private offices, professional work spaces and temporary co-working desks, with access to media production studios, conference rooms and hi-speed internet, for less than the cost of a traditional office. No lease commitment, no utilities.

Production Studios

Do you need access to a video studio with green screen, or motion-capture equipment? How about a fully-equipped photography studio, webcasting suite, Giclee’ printing lab, or photogrammetry studio? The CAAT studios will be available at day rates for companies or entrepreneurs at hourly rates.

Business Start-up Services

From entrepreneurship training, business plan evaluation and mentoring, to technical and design consulting and artist representation, we can help your new business get off on the right foot.

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