The Gaitlinburg fires swept through the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts’ iconic campus earlier this week. A full evacuation required artists and staff to leave the campus as emergency personnel worked to control the blaze.
“All Arrowmont personnel are safe,” says Bill May, Executive Director. “We have received many emails, phone calls, texts and social media posts expressing support and concern for Arrowmont and for the people in our community who have suffered loss. We are very grateful for our local and national community and the outpouring of support. Hope is not lost. We will rebuild.” Bill May is appointing a recovery team to assess damage and plan for the rebuilding of lost structures. We will inform the community when more information is available.
At last report the fire had destroyed three Arrowmont buildings – Hughes Hall Dormitory, Wild Wing Dormitory and the maintenance shed containing tools and equipment. All remaining structures on campus are secure and luckily studio buildings remained untouched.
A Rebuild Fund has been launched and Arrowmont is accepting secure donations at www.arrowmont.org. Checks can be sent to Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, P.O. Box 567, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, 37738.
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts enriches lives by developing aesthetic appreciation and fostering self-expression with hands-on experiences in a variety of media, classes, conferences and seminars. On the leading edge of arts education, Arrowmont utilizes contemporary and fine arts techniques to build upon traditional arts and crafts. Read more about artist residency opportunities at Arrowmont here.