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APPALACHIAN CENTER FOR CRAFT

Smithville, TN

The mission of the Appalachian Center for Craft is to promote excellence in American craft by teaching both tradition and innovation in professional studio craft, and fostering access to the highest quality craft education, craft artists, craft works and events in a community arts context.

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ARROWMONT SCHOOL OF ARTS & CRAFTS

Gatlinburg, TN

Arrowmont is expanding its educational programming to include a major initiative facilitating the transfer of traditional Appalachian crafts and cultural heritage knowledge between generations. The initiative is designed to preserve and continue traditional craft by educating school teachers and 4th-12th grade students in traditional craft making and the role of craft in Appalachian culture. The initiative also includes the opportunity for Central Appalachian master crafts makers and cultural elders to teach and learn in Arrowmont’s supportive environment. A new internship opportunity provides arts administration experience to BIPOC individuals who want a career within their own Appalachian communities.

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BEREA COLLEGE STUDENT CRAFTS

Berea, KY

Berea College was founded in 1855 by John G. Fee.  We were the first inter-racial and co-educational college in the South.  The vision of the school was to provide an affordable education to students of high potential but limited financial means.  Those early values shaped Berea's future, and today, all students attending Berea College receive a 4-year tuition scholarship.  Berea College is one of 8 labor colleges in the nation.  Every student holds a position on campus, working between 10 and 15 hours a week.

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HAYWOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Clyde, NC

Founded in 1965, Haywood Community College continues to offer a different array of affordable programs with small class sizes so students receive the personalized attention they deserve. Aside from classroom instruction, students have the opportunity to participate in hands-on learning experiences through their program and student clubs.

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LOCAL CLOTH, INC

Asheville, NC

Our Approach:

  • To raise awareness and appreciation for local plant and animal fiber and fiber art products
  • To increase access to, and availability of, local textiles and fiber
  • To strengthen the economic viability of our local creative community and help reinvest in the textile industry
  • To advocate for new markets, programs and services to add value to local products and create jobs.
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ODYSSEY CLAYWORKS

Asheville, NC

The spirit and programs of Odyssey Clayworks are based on the philosophy that every individual's creative capacity is greatly enhanced by a generous community and challenging instruction. We believe that within each individual lies the potential for creative development.

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TRYON SCHOOL OF ARTS AND CRAFTS

Tryon, NC

TACS is a year-round nonprofit school promoting heritage and contemporary art-making practices. The school offers education and public programs with established artists visiting from across the United States, as well as ongoing opportunities with devoted regional instructors.

The school’s main facility is housed in a retrofitted public school building, with a regional artist shop, multiple exhibition spaces, and advanced technological studios in fiber arts, glass, lapidary, ceramics, jewelry, and wood. Separate facilities on TACS’ campus house a welding and torchwork studio and a traditional blacksmithing forge.

 

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SILVER RIVER CENTER FOR CHAIR CANING

Asheville, NC

Our mission is to cultivate and inspire a reverence for a worldwide chair caning legacy. Our vision is to promote an enthusiasm for the craft through education, restoration, and travel. We are a couple of chair nerds on a mission to dispel the myth that chair caning is a dying art. We want to empower everyone to learn to restore their own chairs.  And so, we expanded our chair caning restoration business into Silver River Center for Chair Caning, the nation’s only chair caning school and museum!  The following video shows our evolution from professional crafters to shameless chair nerds.

Village Potters Clay Teaching Center

VILLAGE POTTERS TEACHING CENTER

Asheville, NC

The Village Potters Clay Center is a vibrant creative community dedicated to the exploration of clay. We offer classes for beginners to advanced levels in wheel, hand building, sculpture, surface design, Cone 6 and cone 10 reduction firings, Wood and soda firings, Raku and Saggar firings, and speciality classes. We offer online classes and workshops and host both demonstrations and hands-on workshop experiences.

Educating the region and arts community on the importance of craft and its ability to impact the local creative economy. 

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