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ARROWMONT: 75 YEARS OF CRAFT EDUCATION – 1951

In 2020, Arrowmont celebrates 75 years as a school of arts and crafts. ARROWMONT: 75 YEARS OF CRAFT EDUCATION presents archival images and articles to recognize this milestone. Add your memories to the collection  – click here to send us your pictures and stories!


1951

After a successful first three years held on Arrowmont’s campus, the Southern Highland Craft Guild held their first Craftsman’s Fair in Asheville, NC. The School sent over a loom for demonstrations and swaps, and 8,600 people attended the four-day event in the Asheville Civic Center.

1951 – Example of woven coverlet

The reputation of the Summer Craft Workshops and Arrowcraft store continued to grow. In the spring, the School was asked by the Tennessee Educational Association to provide a small weaving exhibit for Tennessee’s room at the national meeting of the NEA in San Francisco – the only craft exhibit to be shown. In late September, a local Crafts Fair was held to coincide with the annual Conference of the United States Governors (now known as the National Governor’s Association), held in Gatlinburg for the first time in Tennessee.

 

1951 Catalog – Front

1951 Catalog – Back

ART WORKSTENNESSEE ARTS COMMISIONTENNESSEE FOR THE ARTSTennessee Specialty License PlatesEAST TENNESSEE FOUNDATIONWindgate Foundation

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