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!
Arrowmont continued to attract students “from all over the country, from all walks of life, and all age groups.” Liv Gjelsvik of Norway was the summer’s furthest traveling instructor, teaching advanced weaving during the Summer Craft Workshops. Woodworking and kiln building were offered for the first time. Helen Russell, together with her husband, cataloged the craft library and contributed substantial new library shelves to the Marian G. Heard Research and Resource Center.
The Emma Harper Turner Building designers, Community Tectonics, was honored with an Award of Merit by the AIA and American Association of School Administrators. To add to the atmosphere of the School, architect Herbert Bebb designed conversation circles for staff, students and instructors to enjoy conversation outside of the studios – that are still in use today.
First Scholarship Awarded from the community
In 1973 for the first time, Arrowmont was the recipient of a scholarship from the community to be given to a student. The Rotary Club of Gatlinburg gave a $200 scholarship and that was awarded to Sister Consolata Agyapong of Ghana.