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!


“I must tell you that my course at Arrowmont was a true life-saver for me, since I have been out of the field for several years. You can well see how i have put what I learned to use. I feel you have a wonderful program, and I enjoyed my stay there.” – Sister Paquina Tamagni, Louisiana special education teacher

“My home is a constant workshop and open house for arts and crafts sessions,” said Gene Reed, scholarship recipient, “I conduct weekly training sessions in arts and crafts for a variety of organizations in a variety of skills: creative stitchery, macrame, decoupage, stone and plank painting, pepier mache, pine cone art, and other things.

Obviously I find great enjoyment in handcrafts,” Gene said. “I was delighted to be at Arrowmont and learn new skills to bring to my groups at home. My first visit to Arrowmont was truly impressive and inspirational.

The tremendous craftsmanship, which is evident in every part of Arrowmont School of Art and Crafts has served to inspire me to reach for the very ultimate in any art endeavor which I make. The love for the arts breathes in every part of the school and in all the faculty and students. I shall try to carry a spark of this enthusiasm into my work with our teachers.

As a beginning student in weaving, I have become more aware of the trials and the joys of a student first learning a craft. This is good. For a long while now I have been on the teaching end. Arrowmont has offered the opportunity for me to be a student again. My own teaching should improve and I should have more to offer the teachers in our school system after having spent time at Arrowmont.” – Sister Elizabeth Kopp, S.C., Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati School System

“Experience is skill or knowledge gained by actually doing, feeling or finding out a thing. Two weeks at Arrowmont meant all of these to me. Up until the day that I arrived, I had long forgotten just what it meant to experience total expression. My job as Arts and Crafts instructor [for St. Louis County Juvenile Court] is interesting and challenging work. But Arrowmont gave me a chance to express myself fully, and to work with others doing the same. 

The physical plant and beautiful grounds were truly inspirational. The knowledge gained in the varied arts and crafts seemed to stimulate everyone to produce, not only because it was expected, but because it became a part of you to grasp all that was within reach.

It was an experience to work with all ages, and not recognize the age – only recognizing different people willing to share something beautiful.

My job allows me to express myself, but my expression sometimes limits the student. Experience at Arrowmont reminded me that all who are involved with arts and rafts must be allowed to express themselves – teacher and student alike. This expression that Arrowmont allows is an experience that has given me new perspective in the arts and crafts.” – Joseph B. Martin, scholarship recipient



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