ArtReach on the Road

Appalachian Arts and Crafts Education for 4th – 12th Grade Students

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is expanding its iconic arts education program

to schools and arts organizations across Central Appalachia

Teachers and administrators

Give your students a day of arts and crafts education

Your school and/or arts organization is invited to participate!

ArtReach on the Road is offered free to participating schools and arts organizations.
There is no charge, either to the school, participating organization, or students.

“I made a cup.” Hilary

“I got to use blow-torches. I got to use a big hammer.” Hunter

“Thank you. I loved it. Bookmaking looked hard but I did it. It was easy. I did it before my brother so if he wants to do bookmaking, I can help him prepare for it.” Jacob

The words leap off the page as students tell us about their ArtReach day at Arrowmont.

ArtReach provides a full day of arts and crafts instruction to students 4th through 12th grades. Now in its 25th year, over 25,000 school children have participated in the program. Since its establishment in 1992 as a rural arts outreach initiative, ArtReach has supplemented the limited arts instruction offered in schools. Some ArtReach students have gone on to become working artists, others have become teachers, business owners, doctors, lawyers, elected officials, and most important, contributors to our communities. Previously limited to Sevier County Schools, ArtReach is now available to schools, school districts, and arts organizations across Central Appalachia.

ArtReach on the Road is designed to help modern students in Central Appalachia learn about and appreciate their culture and the importance of craft in their daily lives. It also addresses the preservation of traditional craft knowledge — knowledge that is disappearing as the region becomes urbanized and practitioners often do not transmit their skills to future generations.

The program will offer workshops in a range of media such as wood, clay, sculpture, fibers, and many others that have a significant history in Appalachia.

Research is showing that exposure to arts and crafts education is more than learning to appreciate beauty — arts education has an impressive impact on students’ cognitive, social, and emotional development. They develop essential thinking tools — most important, students exposed to arts education develop strong problem-solving skills.

Here’s what local teachers have to say about ArtReach.

“It is very difficult if not impossible for me as an art teacher to fully engage my students in the creative process with the schedule and resources I have to work with. Bringing deserving students to Arrowmont for a day not only enhances my relationship with them but allows them the opportunity to engage and fully experience the creative process…I feel [ArtReach] balances out our curriculum by offering experiences we do not and would love to. Students are grateful for this opportunity and return to school excited to share their experience to whomever will listen.” Karen Byars, art teacher, Sevier County Schools

“I highly appreciate the chance to bring my students to Arrowmont each year. Many of these students cannot afford to take specialty classes and this is their only chance to see a real part of Sevier County history at work.” Pam Cosner, art teacher, Sevier County Schools


Arrowmont wants to bring ArtReach on the Road to your community. Whether you are an administrator, community member, teacher or parent, we are looking for ways we can find partners for this exciting new initiative. If you feel that you and/or your school, arts organization, or institution is interested in partnering or helping with ArtReach on the Road, send a letter of interest by email to Kelly Hider, youth education program manager, at



Schools, school systems, and arts organizations in the following counties are eligible to participate in ArtReach on the Road.

Kentucky: Adair, Bath, Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Edmonson, Elliott, Estill, Fleming, Floyd, Garrard, Green, Greenup, Harlan, Hart, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Lincoln, McCreary, Madison, Magoffin, Martin, Menifee, Metcalfe, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Powell, Pulaski, Robertson, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, Wayne, Whitley, and Wolfe.

North Carolina: Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Davie, Forsyth, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Stokes, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin, and Yancey.

Ohio: Adams, Ashtabula, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Carroll, Clermont, Columbiana, Coshocton, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Highland, Hocking, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mahoning, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Vinton, and Washington.

Tennessee: Anderson, Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Campbell, Cannon, Carter, Claiborne, Clay, Cocke, Coffee, Cumberland, De Kalb, Fentress, Franklin, Grainger, Greene, Grundy, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hancock, Hawkins, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Lawrence, Lewis, Loudon, McMinn, Macon, Marion, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Overton, Pickett, Polk, Putnam, Rhea, Roane, Scott, Sequatchie, Sevier, Smith, Sullivan, Unicoi, Union, Van Buren, Warren, Washington, and White.

Virginia: Alleghany, Bath, Bland, Botetourt, Buchanan, Carroll, Craig, Dickenson, Floyd, Giles, Grayson, Henry, Highland, Lee, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, Rockbridge, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, and Wythe.

West Virginia: All counties: Barbour, Berkeley, Boone, Braxton, Brooke, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Fayette, Gilmer, Grant, Greenbrier, Hampshire, Hancock, Hardy, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Marion, Marshall, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mineral, Mingo, Monongalia, Monroe, Morgan, Nicholas, Ohio, Pendleton, Pleasants, Pocahontas, Preston, Putnam, Raleigh, Randolph, Ritchie, Roane, Summers, Taylor, Tucker, Tyler, Upshur, Wayne, Webster, Wetzel, Wirt, Wood, and Wyoming.


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