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!
In June, the southern Highland Guild sponsored a three-day weaving workshop at the School, attended by 60 people. “The resident staff proved most efficient in serving the meals with the help of several dorm girls. This challenges the Committee to make even greater use of the facilities to Settlement School… [we] came to Gatlinburg to bring educational opportunities but found the native crafts which [we] could help the mountain people share with the rest of the world. It is thrilling to dream of short Workshops, national in scope…in the spring, late summer and early fall… Here is a prospect for the future advancement of education, health and crafts to which we are committed.” – Virginia Brackett Green
Marian Heard again led a foreign craft educational tour, the Craft Tour to Europe, for six weeks, while Summer Craft Workshop co-director Jane Glass oversaw the fourteenth summer workshop season.
“Already there are significant reasons indicating the 1959 Workshop should be much larger. The deciding factor for many will be the need tax ruling which allows deduction for expenditures made for education undertaken primarily for the maintaining or improving of skills required in the individual’s employment, trade or business. While this will not apply to those in pursuit of a hobby or the community volunteer, it will encourage producing artists, teachers, physiotherapists, and welfare workers to seek additional skills, provided that living expenses and tuition are in line.” – Marian W. Mueller