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.


Tennessee Tourism Round Up: Halloween Edition

Tennessee gears up for Halloween with ghost tours, festivals and family-friendly spooky events along with harvest festivals full of food, history and fun. For a complete list of events, visit  tnvacation.com/calendar . Oct. 13-15 Memphis – The Pink Palace Crafts Fair  features music, food, craft demonstrations, kids’ crafts, rides and more  10 a.m. ... (click for more)

Fall Color Cruises Offer Unique Perspective On Autumnal Splendor Of Tennessee River Gorge

At any time of year, a cruise aboard the River Gorge Explorer into the protected habitat of the Tennessee River Gorge offers a stunning perspective on its striking geography and abundant wildlife. Beginning in mid-October, however, the view gets even more spectacular as autumnal hues cascade down the mountainside like Mother Nature is slowly bumping up the color saturation for ... (click for more)

State Comptroller Says More Control Over Spending Needed At CVB

The state Comptroller’s Office is recommending the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) board of directors take steps to adopt detailed policies concerning how the CVB spends its money.   The Comptroller’s Office has completed a review of Hamilton County’s hotel/motel taxes which are all forwarded to the CVB. The annual report is required by Public Chapter ... (click for more)

County Commission Votes 7-2 For Rezoning For C&D Landfill At Harrison

The County Commission on Wednesday voted 7-2 to approve rezoning for a Construction and Debris landfill at Harrison.  Voting in favor were Greg Beck, Warren Mackey, Sabrena Smedley, Greg Martin, Tim Boyd, Randy Fairbanks and Jim Fields.   Opposed were Chester Bankston and Joe Graham.  Commissioner Boyd said it was just the first step in permitting for ... (click for more)

Trump - And Response

Hardly a day, even a moment, goes by when some news flash appears sharing what  Trump  said or did. Not catchy and cute as we might feel when we see the baby turn over for the first time or say Da, da. Instead, this grown man and our president defies child cooing and smiling and instead frowns amid growing anger that we voted for this man, a grown up not quite potty-trained.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: New Schools On Agenda

Hamilton County School Superintendent Bryan Johnson confirmed on Wednesday that a plan for several new public schools will be included on Thursday night’s School Board agenda. Hamilton County has fallen woefully behind other metro school districts in the state and, with an estimated $340 million in deferred repairs, upgrading facilities - that now average over 40 years old - was ... (click for more)