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ARROWMONT: 75 YEARS OF CRAFT EDUCATION – 1953

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!


1953

In the summer of 1953, the School hosted a formal dedication of the Ruth Barrett Smith Staff House.

“No name could have been more fitting nor an honor more deserved. As Chairman of the Settlement School Committee, Ruth Smith, had worked untiringly for this house; from the time that the site and architect were selected until the building stood, completed. The name plaque of wrought iron which is in place by the front door reminds us all of the unselfish service of a person who leaves the Committee this year.” – Ruth Dyer

 

 

 

 

The Summer Craft Workshops introduced Enameling workshops for the first time, and continued to grow in repute and diverse audiences.

“Not only has there been a revival of interest in crafts and related arts for the joy of creating but also has come a recognition of the great therapeutic value of crafts for hundreds of people handicapped through war or other injuries, physical and mental, and instructors must be trained. Our Workshop is a new venture in education and is attracting wide-spread attention. Now two other summer schools for credit have been set up in the east but ours was the first.” – Ruth Barrett Smith

 

 

 

1953 Summer Workshop Catalog – Front

1953 Summer Workshop Catalog – Back

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

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