Tennessee Craft and the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development will host Craft Artist Demonstrations at All Fourteen Tennessee Welcome Centers.
Online PR News – 21-June-2016 – Nashville, TN – Tennessee Craft will partner with the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development during the 2016 Tennessee Craft Week. All fourteen Tennessee Welcome Centers will be hosting craft demonstrations with talented craft artists sharing their creative process and skills with visitors across the great state of Tennessee. More than 13 million people visit the Tennessee Welcome Centers annually. The public is invited to stop at a Tennessee Welcome Center during the week of October 7-16, to experience a piece of Americana that is “Made in Tennessee!”
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. This year’s 2016 Tennessee Craft Week is slated for October 7-16, 2016. Sponsored by the nonprofit organization Tennessee Craft, TCW shines a spotlight on the collective impact that craft has on our culture, community and economy. “Showcasing these craft artists at our Welcome Centers provides an opportunity to highlight the authenticity and creative spirit of Tennessee to our guests as they are traveling through our state,” said Tennessee Department of Tourist Development Commissioner Kevin Triplett. “It not only offers an experience that only can be ‘Made in Tennessee,’ but a product as well.”
In 2015, Tennessee Craft gained national attention earning top honors with the American Craft Week 2015 Star Award. Hundreds of artists showcased handmade craft in this concentrated 1-week event. The successful debut of TCW included craft demonstrations in the fourteen Tennessee Welcome Centers, the Nashville International Airport, well-attended regional Signature Events, and over forty community events. Tennessee Craft Week aligns with American Craft Week, which promotes the recognition of craft across the United States each October.
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.
Tennessee Craft Week video: http://blogs.wnpt.org/arts/tennessee-craft-week/