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About the Center

In 1999, Maryville College President Gerald Gibson and Vice President for College Advancement Mark Cate met with Blount County Chamber of Commerce President Fred Forster to discuss the idea for a civic arts center. That began an exciting process of gathering state, federal, Maryville College, corporate and private support that eventually became the Clayton Center for the Arts. A partnership project between the Cities of Maryville and Alcoa and Maryville College, this beautiful facility opened its doors in 2010 to what is an exciting lineup of theatre, dance, music and visual art.


As a gathering place for the community and its visitors and as the home of the Maryville College fine and performing arts program, the Clayton Center for the Arts provides opportunities for the lifelong expression and appreciation of the arts.

The Center plays a vital role in enhancing the quality of life, bolstering cultural and economic vitality, strengthening tourism, and expanding the educational offerings for our community and region. The diversity of our community is to be reflected on our stages, in our galleries and in our audiences. Through its relationship to Maryville College, the Center will provide educational opportunities designed to attract and nurture artists of all ages. The programming is of the highest caliber and features the arts from around the world.



Christy McDonald Slavick

Interim Executive Director




Belinda Kenny

Director of Corporate Sales and Events (Rental of Clayton Center facility)


Jake Reagan

Director of Event Operations


Rose Sampley

Technical Director


Sara Oldford

Assistant Technical Director


Dagen Pointer

Assistant Technical Director


Allison Parton

Assistant Director of Event Operations


Melissa Murphy

Office Manager 




Advisory Board Members

Amy Morton Vaughn

Board Chair

Appalachian Ballet Company 

Jane Groff

City of Maryville 

Toi Brown

Broadway Social

Bruce Damrow

City of Alcoa

Liz Britt

Webb School of Knoxville

Dallas Monroe

West Chevrolet

Georgene Wade

Community Member

Stacey Wilner

Maryville College