Tennessee Welcome Centers Host Tennessee Craft Artist Demonstrations

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, is partnering with Tennessee Craft to sponsor Craft Artist Demonstrations in all 15 Tennessee Welcome Centers.Talented craft artists will share their creative process and skills with visitors across the great state of Tennessee. More than 14 million people visit the Tennessee Welcome Centers annually. The public is invited to stop at a Tennessee Welcome Center during the week of Oct.

6-15, to experience a piece of Americana that is “Made in Tennessee!

 

"Showcasing these artisans at our Welcome Centers highlights to our guests the authenticity and creative spirit of Tennessee,” said Tennessee Department of Tourist Development Commissioner Kevin Triplett. “It offers an experience that not only is ‘Made in Tennessee,’ but a product as well.”

Tanya Tucker, groundbreaking country music icon, is the 2017 Tennessee Craft Week Honorary Chairman. Ms.Tucker, the recipient of numerous awards, including two CMAs, two ACMs, and three CMT awards, is known for her sultry voice and vivacious stage presence. She is one of the most admired and respected female vocalists in the country music genre, and is proud to call Tennessee her home.

Tennessee Craft Week shines a spotlight on craft artists across the state each October. Crafts, born from d the hills of the Smoky Mountains, are evolving with artists using contemporary materials, ingenious ideas, and new ways of handling raw materials. Handmade crafts bring local communities together, driving economic impact across the state and creating a desire for tourists to get a glimpse of Tennessee. TCW is a time to celebrate handmade craft artwork Made in Tennessee” and take home an authentic treasure. This October campaign is in conjunction with American Craft Week, an annual recognition of craft across the nation.

Tennessee Craft gained national attention earning top honors with the American Craft Week Star Award in 2015 and 2016 for its statewide craft demonstrations, showcasing engaging “hands on” experiences at all Tennessee Welcome Centers and the Nashville International Airport. With 75 official events already planned for this year, numerous regional Signature Events and hundreds of artists involved, Tennessee Craft Week leads the way for dedicated craft artists to excel and thrive.

Visit Tennessee Craft for Tennessee Welcome Center demonstration details and a listing of all TCW events.

Tennessee Craft Week creates:

  • Awareness – providing 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.
  • Engagement - connecting Tennessee artists across the state to each other and their communities, forging effective partnerships and expanding the reputation of Tennessee craft artists.
  • Economic Impact – forming a broader appreciation for the economic and creative impact that craft artists have on our communities and culture, in both urban and rural areas.


The Caverns: Opening In Pelham, Tn. In March 2018

The world’s newest - and oldest - performance venue will open in Pelham, Tn., on  March 24, 2018 , as The Caverns. The season will open with a headliner-filled weekend taping for Season 8 of the 13-time EMMY-winning PBS series  Bluegrass Underground .    Located at the foot of Monteagle Mountain within the rolling hills of Grundy County in Pelham, ... (click for more)

Christmas Is Here Again In This Week’s Tennessee Tourism Round Up

Visits with Santa, live reindeer, millions of dazzling lights and heartwarming concerts take place throughout the month of December in Tennessee. For a complete list of events, visit  tnvacation.com/calendar . Ongoing Bristol – Speedway in Lights  has a stunning display through  Jan. 6, 2018  of more than 1 million lights and hundreds of displays ... (click for more)

Man Barges Into Woman's Home In MLK Neighborhood; Tries To Rape Her; Photos Of Suspect Released

Chattanooga Police said a man barged into a woman's home in the MLK Neighborhood around noon on Tuesday and tried to rape the woman.   Police said, "The victim was followed by the suspect into her residence where the victim was then attacked. The suspect at that time attempted to rape the victim and then fled the scene."   The victim then called the Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Moccasin Bend Resident Asks City To Move Police Firing Range So He Can Open Bed And Breakfast Inn

A Moccasin Bend resident is asking the city to move a police firing range from off the historic Bend so he can open a bed and breakfast inn. Steve Holmes also said the move needs to take place because the new Moccasin Bend National Park is set to begin implementing its management plan early next year. He said the park should bring 250,000 visitors to Chattanooga each year with ... (click for more)

Current Republican Tax Plan Will Add To The National Debt

Independent tax experts agree that the Republican tax plan will add over $1 trillion to the national debt, even accounting for economic growth.  Adding to the national debt during good economic times doesn’t seem smart to me. The time for adding anything to the national debt is during a major war or when the economy needs more government spending to stimulate it during a ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Let’s Focus On ‘Better’

As I stepped away from the overflow crowd at Monday night’s Town Council meeting on Signal Mountain, I leaned in to tell Jean Trohanis how sorry I was to hear of the loss of her dearest friend. But in that millisecond before I could speak, the former but still-loved elementary school principal gave me her best hallway hiss and, with a pointed finger, she ordered, “You be nice!” ... (click for more)