Arrowmont Executive Director Bill May announced that after a nationwide search, Jim Scarsella has been hired as deputy director. Scarsella will manage day-to-day operations including facilities, housing, dining and other support functions freeing the executive director to focus on strategic planning, organizational improvements, and fundraising.
“Jim’s experience and skill in building a successful business from the ground up, and his ability to manage people are certainly important, but it is his belief in Arrowmont’s core values and the importance of providing opportunities for creative teaching and learning that make him a great fit for us,” May says.
Prior to accepting the position at Arrowmont, he was co-owner and operator of Anesthesia Staffing Consultants, providing anesthesia management and clinical services to hospitals and surgery centers. With over 150 anesthesiologists and CRNAs employed, ASC was one of the largest anesthesia groups in Michigan. In 2015, they sold the company.
His educational background includes certification as a registered nurse anesthetist, graduate degrees in corporate finance, and an MBA.
An experienced furniture maker for 30 years, Jim’s interest in Arrowmont began with a woodturning class he took in 2007. Since then, he has taken numerous workshops at Arrowmont. After selling his business, Jim made the decision to pursue his passion and seek work within the arts. He will begin his tenure at Arrowmont on September 5, 2017.
Of his commitment to Arrowmont, Jim says, “The first time I set foot on the Arrowmont campus in the fall of 2007, I immediately felt a deep connection to the school. Being surrounded by a whole community of individuals focused on creative learning truly changed the way I looked at my life. Since that time, and over the many weeks I’ve spent here, that connection and my commitment to the mission of the organization only intensified. I feel incredibly fortunate, and am very excited to become part of the dedicated team focused on ensuring Arrowmont is here long into the future.”
Founded as a settlement school in 1912 by the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women, Arrowmont has grown into a national center for contemporary arts and crafts education, supporting learning opportunities for individuals of all skills levels and ages. Arrowmont is located on 13 acres in the heart of Gatlinburg, TN only minutes away from Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With access to tourist attractions, the convenience of a large city nearby, and a thriving arts and crafts community, Arrowmont offers a unique and immersive learning environment—an unexpected creative oasis amidst the bustle of a popular tourist destination.
The heritage of the School is rooted in an approach to the arts that builds upon traditional arts and crafts, and the joy of making. People travel from across the nation and the globe to take classes at Arrowmont. More than 150 national workshops are offered annually, in addition to a full complement of community classes, children’s classes and ArtReach classes, which provide a day of art to over 1,200 local school children annually. In addition, Arrowmont is host to numerous gallery exhibitions, symposia and conferences.