Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Arrowmont to Remain in Gatlinburg Future of the Nationally Recognized School Now Secure

From Arrowmont's most recent newsletter:

(Gatlinburg, Tenn.) 08/23/10 – In a historic decision, the Board of Governors of the Arrowmont School of

Arts and Crafts has voted to keep the nationally renowned center for contemporary craft education at its

current location in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Arrowmont offered its first craft workshops in 1945.

Over the past two years the organization has been considering options for the future following a decision

by the owners of the land to sell the property currently occupied by the school. A special task force was

formed to evaluate options and possible new locations for the school and through their work the choices

were narrowed to a site in Greeneville, Tenn. or remaining in the current Gatlinburg location. Since then,

the Arrowmont Board has been working with officials from Gatlinburg and Greeneville to finalize

proposals presented by both communities.

In making the announcement, Arrowmont Board of Governors President Mary Ann Hruska said, “After

reviewing the proposals from Greeneville and Gatlinburg as well as numerous meetings with local officials,

the Board decided that Arrowmont should remain in its place of founding. We look forward to working

more closely with the local community regarding our future.”

The Gatlinburg community effort to retain Arrowmont was led by former Mayor Jerry Hays and City Manager,

Cindy Ogle.

"I am extremely pleased with this decision to keep Arrowmont in Gatlinburg. I want to especially thank

the Gatlinburg Arrowmont Work Group for their dedication during this process. A lot of hard work has

gone into preparing for this day by representatives of the City, Sevier County, Sevier County School

System, the Chamber of Commerce, and private citizens. From here, it is my hope that we can sit down

together and map out how we will achieve the goals and dreams for Arrowmont’s future," states Jerry


Arrowmont’s Strategic Planning Committee, along with the Gatlinburg Work Group, will immediately

begin determining next steps including the orchestration of a capital campaign for funds to support the

School’s future and exploring community partnership opportunities. The School’s on-going fundraising

continues through the Friends of Arrowmont Fund. You may join by visiting our website or by calling 865-


“This decision ensures that the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts will continue to be a leader in

contemporary studio craft for many years to come,” said Hruska, adding, “Arrowmont provides the best

in craft education in new and exciting ways while furthering our mission of enriching lives through art.”

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