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!
“After 19 years, not only has the Craft Workshop come of age, it has grown to maturity with consistently increasing success, recognition and reputation.”
From 1945 – 1963, the School had a total of 3698 enrollments, with 1405 individual students. 43 states including Washington D.C. were represented and 12 foreign countries. 18 different classes were offered throughout this time.
“Each year I am more proud of the final exhibit pieces. Much credit for this attainment is given our Workshop Director, Marian Heard, who for eighteen years has demanded that there be a high standard of workmanship.” – Marion Mueller, Settlement School director
Campus improvements in 1963 included rewiring of Pollard Cottage, new art tables and renovation of the original Emma Harper Turner building, air-conditioners for the new Weaving Studio, and new screen doors for the Red Barn.
With the new Weaving Studio completed, adult craft classes were offered during the winter months. Classes were popular with students locally and regionally – students came from Georgia and North Carolina to participate in these winter workshops.
“The new Weaving Studio is fast becoming a Craft Center. Classes have been held in weaving, pottery, stitchery, jewelry, block-printing, and silk screening. Tina McMorran, former Arrowcraft designer, held classes in tapestry and rug-designing in March. The popularity of these workshops indidcates the interest in these crafts, and many hidden talents have been developed.” – – Marion Mueller, Settlement School director