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Executive Updates

March 1, 2022: Trudy announces the Grand Opening of Arrowmont’s first permanent, off-campus space

Arrowmont chief executive officer, Trudy Hughes, shares an exciting announcement with the Arrowmont community.
In this video, Trudy invites you to join the Arrowmont Board of Governors and staff at the Grand Opening of Arrowmont’s first permanent space off-campus: a new gallery in the heart of downtown Knoxville. Watch the video here or on our YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/JgkCSdFBe74.

January 25, 2022: Trudy’s updates on campus improvements and plans

Arrowmont chief executive officer, Trudy Hughes, shares an update on campus improvements with the Arrowmont community.

In this video, Trudy describes some of the improvements Arrowmont made while the campus was closed during to the Covid-19 pandemic. “With not having those workshops and seminars, we could really focus on, and love on, this campus and all the facilities… [we’ve done] some major restoration to those buildings that you love… now you’ll see that they’re more energy-efficient, they operate and function better when classes and sessions are underway, and they just look nicer. But we’re not done yet!”

Click the image below to view Trudy’s update or watch on our YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/nc_15MBkNvs.

December 6, 2021: Trudy’s message of service and yearend support for Arrowmont

“You’re the heart and the passion behind the services that we [at Arrowmont] do. Without your support, we don’t have the resources at all times that we need in order to really be of service in the intentional, thoughtful, and deliberate ways that you would have us be. So we need you to join with us. Any gift is appreciated, and we thank you.”

Watch the video at https://youtu.be/KNK97gkOMaY and make your yearend donation to Arrowmont today.

November 24, 2021: Trudy’s inclusive vision for the future

Executive Director Trudy Hughes shares a few moments with the Arrowmont community to discuss her vision for the future and share her wishes for a happy holiday.

“For me, a future of Arrowmont that is most positive is one where EVERYONE ANYONE ALL have a seat at the table. That’s the culture we want to create. And with grace, and kindness, and accountability, we’re going to hold one another to that commitment. We’re going to keep marching forward to be that place where everyone really does know that they’re included and accepted and a part of the organization.”

Watch the video by clicking the image below or visiting https://youtu.be/WQPKpwLl2Ps. And on behalf of Trudy, Arrowmont’s Board of Governors, and staff, Happy Thanksgiving.


August 31, 2021: Introducing Trudy Hughes

Trudy Hughes began work as Arrowmont’s executive director on July 1, 2021. In a new video, Trudy shares her personal experiences with Arrowmont: growing up visiting the School with her parents each year; bringing her own children to experience Arrowmont’s rich history; the impact meeting professional artists had on her relationship with the craftspeople in her family.

Watch the video at https://youtu.be/-ZjoIz_0KcQ or click the image below to view.

Watch the video at https://youtu.be/-ZjoIz_0KcQ or click the image below to view.

April 27, 2021: Announcing Arrowmont’s next executive director

After a national search, Trudy Hughes of Knoxville will be the executive director of Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Dr. Steven Gottlieb, president of the Board of Governors announced today.

Gottlieb said, “The Board is pleased that we attracted a candidate of the caliber of Trudy Hughes. She brings to the position extensive nonprofit management experience and a deep knowledge of the region. Trudy’s years of association with and support of Arrowmont is an important asset.”

“Further, I would be remiss if I did not express our appreciation to the East Tennessee Foundation, Trudy’s current employer, for their many years’ support of Arrowmont. ETF is an important member of the Arrowmont community and a major contributor to East Tennessee’s quality of life,” he continued.

Hughes, a native of East Tennessee, has been vice president of regional advancement at East Tennessee Foundation for the past eight years. Prior to her tenure at ETF, she worked with children’s advocacy organizations, held adjunct positions at several regional colleges and universities, and early in her career worked in banking. She holds bachelor’s degrees in Finance and Human Services and a master’s degree in Community Counseling from the University of Tennessee—Knoxville and Chattanooga.

“I am most honored to begin my service with Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Arrowmont has been a significant organization to me since my childhood. I look forward to the opportunity to be engaged daily to encourage, motivate, and assist others as they aspire to develop their creative talents,” Hughes said of her new position.

Reflecting on her time at ETF, Hughes said, “My years at East Tennessee Foundation have been wonderful as we worked as a team to enhance philanthropy across the region, assisting individuals, organizations, and communities as they address opportunities, challenges, and needs.”

Hughes will begin her work at Arrowmont the first of July 2021.


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