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, TN. Gatlinburg has been the home of the school since its
founding as Pi Beta Phi Settlement School in 1912. 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 in Gatlinburg,
TN. 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, TN 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.”
Read the full press release here: http://www.arrowmont.org/MR-ArrowmonttoRemain.pdf
I’m thrilled that they’re staying put. I’ve been there twice and it’s a wonderful place, it’s hard to imagine picking it up, moving it somewhere else and starting over.