Arrowmont’s historic campus survives Gatlinburg wildfires

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts’ iconic campus was not lost in the fire. Gatlinburg is currently inaccessible to all but emergency personnel. Arrowmont executive director Bill May is on campus and has been able to provide updates.

arrowmont_turnerThe fire destroyed three Arrowmont buildings – Hughes Hall Dormitory, Wild Wing Dormitory and the maintenance shed containing tools and equipment. All remaining structures on campus are secure. Information regarding additional smoke and heat damage is not available at this time. Power and phone service is limited.

“All Arrowmont personnel are safe,” says Bill May, “We have received many emails, phone calls, texts and social media posts expressing support and concern for Arrowmont and for the people in our community who have suffered loss. We are very grateful for our local and national community and the outpouring of support. Hope is not lost. We will rebuild.” Bill May is appointing a recovery team to assess damage and plan for the rebuilding of lost structures. We will inform the community when more information is available.

Arrowmont has received numerous requests regarding donations to support the recovery. To make a secure donation online, click the “donate” button at the top of this page. Send checks to Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, P.O. Box 567, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, 37738.

To request an interview with Bill May contact development director Fran Day at or 301-395-0318.


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