Enriching lives through art and craft

Preserving and Teaching Traditional Appalachian Craft

A new initiative at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
focusing on Central Appalachia

Arrowmont is expanding its educational programming to include a major initiative facilitating the transfer of traditional Appalachian crafts and cultural heritage knowledge between generations. The initiative is designed to preserve and continue traditional craft by educating school teachers and 4th-12th grade students in traditional craft making and the role of craft in Appalachian culture. The initiative also includes the opportunity for Central Appalachian master crafts makers and cultural elders to teach and learn in Arrowmont’s supportive environment. A new internship opportunity provides arts administration experience to BIPOC individuals who want a career within their own Appalachian communities. 

The initiative is comprised of four programs. Each of the programs is designed to provide educational opportunity for a specific audience. Click on the program name for program description, criteria, information about how to participate, and the Arrowmont staff contact person. The programs are:

ART WORKSTENNESSEE ARTS COMMISIONTENNESSEE FOR THE ARTSTennessee Specialty License PlatesEAST TENNESSEE FOUNDATIONWindgate Foundation Arrowmont is being supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number SLFRP5534 awarded to the State of Tennessee by the U.S. Department of Treasury.

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