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 the 20th year of Summer Craft Workshops, a new scheduled was introduced that included the first one-week “Special Short Session” workshop, in addition to the original two multi-week sessions offered in the summer.
“A visitor at the Workshop readily notes that students are intensely interested in their work. Day and night, they may be seen busy with design, jewelry, metalwork silk screen, stitchery, weaving, copper enameling, pottery, and various recreational crafts.
The Workshop has wide appeal. All represent many different occupations, backgrounds and ages (17 – 80). Both men and women attend. Many combine the workshop experience with a vacation.
Workshop has not only a physical entity but posses a quality of spirit which gives it a particularly unique identity.
It connotes shared experiences of personal and professional creative growth, of a loose knit, diverse group of individuals of varying abilities and backgrounds, yet bound by a common recognition of the personal values inherent in working with one’s hands, the satisfaction and rewards that come from self-expression.
I believe most of us take far more home with us than the completed silver pendant, the enameled bowl or the ceramic pot. These are merely the means, yet the tangible symbol of a far richer experience which Workshop offers to students and staff alike.” – Jean Stange, Summer Craft Workshop instructor
In the summer, the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women officially authorized the formation of a year-round craft school as the centennial Fund Project at their national convention.