The Buddha said, “Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.” That is what Bill Griffith has done with Arrowmont.
Bill G first came to Arrowmont as a work-study student in the early 1980s. In 1987, he was hired by executive director Sandy Blain as assistant director and never left. He found his world. He gave his whole heart to his work and in so doing, changed the lives of thousands of people.
After 34 years at Arrowmont, Bill Griffith retired at the end of 2021. Of Bill’s service, Trudy Hughes, Arrowmont CEO said, “Bill has been the quiet soul of Arrowmont for over a generation. I am pleased to have gotten to know him and his work. I look forward to many more collaborations in the future. Bill may be retiring but he is not leaving Arrowmont.”
Bill leaves a profound legacy at Arrowmont. Programs he began 30 years ago endure and grow today, including: ArtReach; the Artists-in-Residence program; Utilitarian Clay: Celebrate the Object Symposium; the Windgate University Fellowship; and more. To these accomplishments, Bill also adds hundreds of friendships and mentorships forged during his time at Arrowmont.
Bill said, “Thank you for years of support and for the memories.”
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