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Arrowmont Legacy Programs

Offered twice annually, Arrowmont Legacy workshops offer educators and administrators the opportunity to learn traditional arts & crafts during an immersive 1-week, onsite experience. In addition to artistic application, educators will learn how traditional craft relates to teaching other subjects, enhancing the learning experience for their own students.

Educators may choose from workshops in a wide range of media, based on their interests and artistic experience. The sessions are designed so that students have time to interact, share ideas, and build a supportive network. Additional evening programming and demonstrations are scheduled during the workshops so that participants are able to learn about Appalachian arts and was to infuse it into their classroom or organization.

In my teaching career I have never had any person, school or organization treat me with such kindness, support and encouragement. I will return to school feeling charged emotionally and professionally as I plan and gather resources and materials for the upcoming explosion of learning that will come. I just cannot thank Arrowmont enough for standing in my corner on my journey.
2023 Legacy Participant

The Legacy program is tuition-free to admitted teacher-students from qualifying counties. The full scholarship includes tuition, lodging, meals, and a completion stipend (intended to offset travel & material costs) for K-12 educators from any discipline during the summer, and arts administrators and support staff for K-12 in the fall. Review required qualifications and application details below.

2024 Legacy Workshop Dates

Appalachian Arts for Appalachian Teachers
Summer Workshop Week: July 14–19, 2024

Appalachian Arts for Appalachian Administrators
Fall Workshop Weekend: November 14–17, 2024

The Campus

Located on 13-wooded acres in downtown Gatlinburg, the gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Arrowmont is an oasis. Once on campus, participants will be treated to the Arrowmont experience with needs anticipated and met, including housing and excellent meals prepared by our talented chef and kitchen staff. An immersive experience, Legacy is an opportunity for teachers to learn a new craft, enhance teaching skills, and have time to re-charge, grow and reflect. Learn more about housing here and view our studios here.


Legacy serves arts educators and administrators in the counties listed below. There are two Legacy programs – Legacy for Appalachian Educators and Legacy for Appalachian Administrators.

The Educator programming is not limited to art teachers — it is open to all K-12 educators teaching any subject.
The Administrators programming is open to all arts administrators, support staff and organizations, in addition to K-12 Administrators.

We encourage you to invite your colleagues to also apply!

Eligible Counties

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.

How to Apply

To apply, both Educators and Administrators will need to submit a one-to-two-page letter of interest describing why you want to participate in Arrowmont Legacy. In additional to the letter, there will be a questionnaire in the application asking for contact information, name of the school where you teach, the county where the school is located, subject/discipline/grade you teach, and your first, second, third workshop choices.

Applications for Summer 2024 are open January 19 – March 1, 2024
Applications for Fall are open June 1 – August 1, 2024

If you have questions, please contact Rebecca Buglio, Director of Local and Regional programs at: [email protected] or call 865-436-5860 x38.

Summer Legacy Workshops: Appalachian Educators

July 14–19, 2024

The summer Legacy program is modeled on Arrowmont’s acclaimed week-long national workshops with modifications to specifically address craft in the classroom and across the curriculum. The 2024 Legacy Workshops include:

  • Kim Winkle  ·  Woodturning
  • Abigail Heuss ·  Metals
  • Moe Aderman  ·  Glass
  • Louise Nuttle  ·  Weaving
  • Donna Woodley  ·  Painting
  • Zeke Leonard  ·  Woodworking
  • Bobby Scroggins  ·  Sculpture
  • Kyle Carpenter  ·  Clay
  • Talcon Quinn · Textiles
Kimberly Winkle 

Woodturning FUNdamentals and More! · Kimberly Winkle

An introduction to a variety of woodturning techniques through completion of a variety of projects along with surface embellishment.
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Abigail Heuss 

Souvenir- An Introduction to Metalsmithing · Abigail Heuss

In this introduction to jewelry and metal work, students will create their own souvenirs utilizing traditional metalsmithing techniques such as sawing, riveting, and soldering.
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Maureen Aderman 

Fused Glass – Ornaments for all seasons · Maureen (Moe) Aderman

Learn about fusing glass in this fun exploration of colorful ornaments.
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Louise Nuttle 

Four-Shaft Fundamentals: An Introduction to Traditional Handweaving · Louise Nuttle

Explore how color and texture come together in the making of handwoven cloth using a variety of materials and traditional weaving techniques.
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Donna Woodley 

Face It-Introduction to Painting Faces in Oils · Donna Woodley

An exploration in painting representational faces using oil paints.
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Playing (With) Trash: Building a Ukulele from Scratch · Zeke Leonard

Learn the techniques needed to build a musical instrument from scratch.
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Bobby Scroggins 

Direct Hollow Core Figurative Clay Sculpture · Bobby Scroggins

You will experience a method of clay sculpting which allows for completion and firing of flawless pieces within a short period of time.
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Kyle Carpenter 

Laying down the Layers · Kyle Carpenter

A workshop on developing depth of surface on clay.
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Talcon Quinn 

Natural Leather Working · Talcon Quinn

Learn to draft patterns and sew with natural buckskin suede, while learning how leather is made.
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Fall Legacy Workshops: Appalachian Administrators

November 14–17, 2024

Arrowmont offers a second Legacy Program for Appalachian Administrators each fall. Similar to the summer Legacy Program, this weekend workshop offers arts administrators and K-12 support staff the opportunity to learn in Arrowmont’s creative environment with the support of full scholarships including tuition, lodging, meals, and a completion stipend.

This program is dedicated to administrative, guidance, and K-12 educational support staff such as principals, office workers, guidance counselors, school psychologists, teaching assistants, and librarians, as well as non-profit arts administrators.

The fall program begins Thursday evening, and will conclude on Sunday at noon, NOVEMBER 14–17, 2024.

  • Rudy Lopez  ·  Woodturning
  • Gayle Haynie  ·  Glass
  • Gleidymar Rivera  ·  Clay
  • Nastassja E. Swift  ·  Fibers
  • Jessie Van der Laan  ·  Printmaking
  • Elizabeth Walton  ·  Jewelry making/Metals
Elizabeth Walton 

Sketching with Wire · Elizabeth Walton

Let loose and sketch in three dimensions using wire to complete a finished piece of jewelry or small object.
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Gleidymar Rivera 

Color and Form: exploring surface treatment on thrown vessels · Gleidymar Rivera

Explore new methods of surface decorations on your thrown forms.
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Nastassja Swift 

Felted Family Memories: The Art of Wet and Dry Felting · Nastassja E. Swift

Do you remember the time? Explore the magic of recreating your fondest family memories with wool.
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Rudy Lopez 

Woodturning Fundamentals · Rudy Lopez

Spend a few days exploring the engaging world of woodturning.
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Jessie Van der Laan 

Shadow and Shape: An Introduction to Monotype · Jessie Van der Laan

Create multi-layered monotypes using simple stencils and relief techniques.
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Gayle Haynie 

“Holiday Memories” in Fused Glass · Gayle Haynie

An exploration of the variety of effects that can be accomplished with the right colors and compositions with fused glass.
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