Experience "Made In Tennessee" Craftsmanship At 2016 Tennessee Craft Week

Monday, September 12, 2016 - by Amanda Stravinsky

The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development partners with Tennessee Craft once again for the 2016 Tennessee Craft Week Oct. 7-16, at all 14 Tennessee Welcome Centers throughout the state.

Craft demonstrations in fiber, painting, metal and wood take place with talented craft artists who share their creative process and skills with Welcome Center visitors. More than 13 million people visit the Tennessee Welcome Centers annually.

Tennessee Craft Week is a collection of craft events and happenings designed to connect and celebrate craft artists, the work they create and the businesses that support them.

The event shines a spotlight on the collective impact craft has on the state’s culture, community and economy. Tennessee Craft Week aligns with American Craft Week, which promotes the recognition of craft annually in October across the United States.

“This partnership with Tennessee Craft benefits guests and artisans alike,” said Commissioner Kevin Triplett, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. “Our ‘Made In Tennessee’ brand focuses on the authenticity of Americana that traces its roots to the Volunteer state. What better way to showcase to our guests these original, authentic Tennessee crafts than with the makers themselves? We are proud not only of the products but the skilled workers who produce these genuine articles, many times in the exact same fashion and on the same equipment as 120 or 150 years ago.”

In 2015, Tennessee Craft gained national attention, earning the American Craft Week 2015 Star Award. Hundreds of artists showcased handmade crafts in this one-week event. The successful debut of Tennessee Craft Week included craft demonstrations in the 14 Tennessee Welcome Centers, the Nashville International Airport, regional Signature Events, and more than 40 community events.            

Tennessee Craft Week provides authentic cultural experiences for residents and visitors each October, creating a stimulating environment for buyers of craft to connect on a deeper level with artists. It connects Tennessee artists to each other and their communities while expanding the reputation of artistry in the state. The economic and creative impact artists create in both urban and rural areas is also celebrated.

Partners of Tennessee Craft Week include Tennessee Craft Chapters, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, Arts at the Airport, Nashville International Airport, Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation, and Memphis Convention & Visitor’s Center.

For more information, visit www.tennesseecraft.org

Celebrating 50 years, Tennessee Craft, formerly The Tennessee Association of Craft Artists, works to continue and create Tennessee’s fine craft tradition. With more than 500 members throughout the state, Tennessee Craft serves as the premier connecting point for local, independent makers and their audiences through Craft Fairs, exhibitions, professional development, networking, mentorship and other educational programs. Visit www.tennesseecraft.org or email info@tennesseecraft.org to learn more. 

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