Who We Represent

ACOR represents 9 Arts organizations. Those organizations provide education, outreach and entertainment across various art fields. From Visual to Performing Arts and everything in between ACOR promotes and celebrates the very best of Oak Ridge.


Our Member Organizations

Oak Ridge Art Center - The Oak Ridge Art Center is a non-profit arts organization and the hub for Visual Arts in the community. They feature year round galleries with rotating exhibits, engaging social activities, and a wealth of instructional classes

Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association - Organized in 1963, the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association (ORCBA) and it's 1964 Dance Charter is the oldest dance charter in the state of Tennessee. ORCBA is a nonprofit community arts organization dedicated to the education and production of Ballet Arts. ORCBA is designed to stimulate a wider appreciation of dance, develop local dance talent, and bring quality professional performances to Oak Ridge and the surrounding communities.

Oak Ridge Civic Music Association - The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association provides professional performances to the Oak Ridge community with its symphony, chorus, and chamber music series. The origins of the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association (ORCMA) began with the founding of the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra (ORSO) in 1944 by musically talented scientists and engineers who worked in the Secret City during WWII. 

The Oak Ridge Community Band - This non-profit was founded in 1944 to give amateur musicians a place to play their instruments and to provide quality band music for the community. The Band currently gives four free summer holiday concerts in the Pavillion in A. K. Bissell Park and six indoor concerts as part of the subscription series. These are presented in either The Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Center or the Grove Theater.

The Oak Ridge Philharmonia - The Philharmonia made its debut in the Summer of 1993 as a group formed in support of the Music Arts Scholarship Fund Drive. The Mission of the Oak Ridge Philharmonia is to foster lifelong appreciation and enthusiasm for classical and contemporary orchestral music. They provide the community with high-quality musical performances by a locally-based symphony orchestra, as well as offer area students, teachers and educational institutions a unique music resource. The Oak Ridge Philharmonia is dedicated to serve the local audiences, musicians and students by providing an opportunity for direct participation in a priceless cultural heritage.


The Oak Ridge Playhouse - TheOak Ridge Playhouse is one of the most thriving community theatres in Tennessee and one of the oldest in the Southeastern United States. In continuous operation since 1943, the Playhouse offers a diverse season of musicals, comedies, dramas, and children's plays serving audiences from Anderson, Knox, Roane, Blount, Sevier, Morgan, Scott, and Cumberland counties.


Music Arts - Originally the Oak Ridge School of Music, our school was founded in 1981. This non-profit provides an education in a variety of musical instruments, including voice, and music theory to a broad spectrum of students in the Oak Ridge area and surrounding communities without regard to race, religion, residential location, or age. The offer lessons in a number of instruments and voice, flexible locations, choices in music styles, and recitals to demonstrate learning.


Tennessee Mountain Writers - TMW is a non-profit, non-political organization which promotes Tennessee literary arts and supports the work of Tennessee writers. They provide opportunity for people interested in the craft of writing to become better writers,  and promote literary arts by providing opportunities for members and the community at large to enhance individual literary skills and appreciation through a broad spectrum of learning experiences.


Our Contributing Member Organizations

Children's Museum of Oak Ridge - The Children’s Museum was conceived in 1973 as a Girl Scout project by Troop 69 and its leader, Joyce Maienschein. They provide educational programs and exhibits with an emphasis on play and hands-on learning for all ages and backgrounds in the arts, environmental studies, history and the world cultures that inspire, enrich and improve the lives of East Tennessee children and their families, as well as collect and preserve artifacts that support the Museum’s educational goals.

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