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Arrowmont is dedicated to arts education. Our organization is continuously hosting and involved in events that benefit the arts community, both locally and internationally. Information about some of those current events can be found below.
Bill may receives governor's award
March 17, Governor Bill Haslam presented Bill May, executive director of Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, with the 2015 Governor's Arts Leadership Award for his service to the arts in Tennessee. Established in 1971 by the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated significant support or participation statewide advancing the arts in Tennessee communities.
Four years ago, Bill May was a successful stained glass artist, family man and stable member of the Gatlinburg business community serving on the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts Board of Governors. He had no idea that his life and career were about to change—that he would be called upon to "save" Arrowmont's very existence.
May has been an Arrowmont student, instructor and Board member. When news that Arrowmont's historic campus was to be sold and Arrowmont might have to relocate, May was asked to lead the effort to resolve the issue. Believing in the importance of art to all and Arrowmont's importance to Tennessee and to Appalachia, May agreed and immediately embarked on stabilization- increased enrollment, improved morale, and strengthened Arrowmont's role in the community.
Options including moving the campus were explored and rejected. Years of negotiation ensued; finally an agreement to purchase was reached. The catch—raise $8,000,000 within seven months—a seemingly impossible task. May accepted the challenge. Using the reservoir of goodwill and credibility built over the years, he created a funding partnership that included local governments, school systems, a developer, a major foundation, the Board of Governors and individuals. On April 2, 2014, Arrowmont realized independence, secured its future, preserved its legacy to provide craft education to new generations, support artists and advance arts and culture for generations to come.
Others receiving awards included: Scott Niswonger, BB King, Mary Costas, Dr. Bobby Jones, Loretta Lynn, Cormac McCarthy, Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Bill Henry, and Jack Martin.
Watch a video about Bill's role in saving Arrowmont: http://tnartseducation.org/events/2015-governors-arts-awards/bill-may/
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