Arrowmont’s historic campus survives Gatlinburg wildfires
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts’ iconic campus was not lost in the fire. Gatlinburg is currently inaccessible to all but emergency personnel. Arrowmont executive director Bill May is on campus and has been able to provide updates.
We are very grateful for our local and national community and the outpouring of support. Hope is not lost. We will rebuild."
The fire 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. Information regarding additional smoke and heat damage is not available at this time. Power and phone service is limited.
“All Arrowmont personnel are safe,” says Bill May, “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.
Arrowmont has received numerous requests regarding donations to support the recovery. To make a secure donation online, go to www.arrowmont.org and click the “donate” button. Checks can be sent to Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, P.O. Box 567, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, 37738.
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.
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Last night the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts suffered significant damage following the fires that raged through Gatlinburg, TN.
While it will take some time to assess the impact to their facilities and programming, we do know that all staff and personnel are safe. Hughes Hall, Wild Wing and a maintenance shed were damaged. Craftschools.us <http://craftschools.us> encourages you to help support the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts on #givingtuesday.
A local NBC news article about the fire can be found here, and we will continue to update about this as we get more information.
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