NASHVILLE, TN – Sept. 12, 2019 – Tennessee Craft, in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, has announced multi-faceted entertainer Craig Morgan as the 2019 Tennessee Craft Week Honorary Chair. He will serve as the spokesman to bring public attention to the craft artists in Tennessee and their work during Oct. 4-13, 2019.
Tennessee Craft Week honors and recognizes professional craft artists across the state each October. Evolving from the hills of the Smoky Mountains, our state's craft tradition maintains its remarkable legacy. Local makers incorporate contemporary materials and add their ideas and techniques in keeping with traditional artisan quality.
Handmade crafts bring local communities together, boosting economic impact across the state, and create a desire for visitors to get a glimpse of authentic people in Tennessee. Tennessee Craft Week celebrates handmade craft "Made in Tennessee" and invites all to take home a memorable treasure. The 5th annual Tennessee Craft Week is held in conjunction with the 10th annual American Craft Week recognizing craft across the nation.
Craig Morgan has made a name for himself as a country music icon, TV personality, celebrated outdoorsman and patriotic Army veteran. One of country music's best-loved artists, Morgan has charted 25 songs on Billboard and thrills massive crowds with signature hits including "Bonfire," "Almost Home," "Redneck Yacht Club," "International Harvester," "This Ole Boy," "Wake Up Loving You" and the four week No. 1, "That's What I Love About Sunday."
In 2017, Morgan debuted The Gallery at Morgan Farms, a family-owned and operated farm-to-home business in his hometown, Dickson. The store features a variety of artisan items handmade by Morgan and his family.
Morgan received one of country music's highest honors being inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008. Prior to becoming a country music star and TV sensation, Morgan spent 17 years serving in the Army and Army Reserves. He remains an avid supporter of America's military personnel and has made 16 overseas trips to perform for troops. He is a recipient of the 2006 USO Merit Award and in 2018 was awarded the Army's Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, one of the highest awards the Department of the Army can bestow upon a civilian, in recognition of his significant dedication to U.S. military men and women.
For a full listing of events and more information, visit www.TennesseeCraft.org.
Photo credit: Christopher T. Martin
TCW is a program of Tennessee Craft. Funding for TCW is generously provided by Metro Nashville Arts Commission, Tennessee Arts Commission, and Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.
About Tennessee Craft
A member-driven nonprofit arts organization dedicated to creating opportunities for Tennessee’s independent craft artists to thrive. Since 1965, Tennessee Craft has been the only networked community of craft artists across the state, with local chapters and regional opportunities for talent growth, professional development, and one-of-a-kind exhibitions, paired with high-visibility public exhibitions. Visit www.tennesseecraft.org to learn more.
About the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development
Tennessee is the home of the blues, bluegrass, country, gospel, soul, rockabilly and rock ‘n’ roll-delivering an unparalleled experience of beauty, history and family adventure, infused with music that creates a vacation that is “The Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee.” Tennessee’s tourism industry generates $20.7 billion in economic impact, more than $1.8 billion in state and local tax revenue and more than 184,300 tourism-related jobs. Explore more at tnvacation.com and join other Tennessee travelers by following “tnvacation” on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube or “Tennessee” on Snapchat.
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