NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The 2018 Tennessee Craft Week, supported by Tennessee Craft and the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, connects and celebrates craft artists, the work they create and the businesses that support them Oct. 5-14 at various places around the state.
Tennessee craft artists are encouraged to participate by creating and submitting an original event, or by adding an established community craft event into Tennessee Craft Week. Additionally, artists can host an individual Open Studio Day or a reception at a gallery as part of the week’s spotlight on craft. As the statewide advocate and educator for the art of handmade craft, Tennessee Craft urges all craft artists to be a part of this successful campaign, branding and promoting their skills, as well as building the reputation of handmade products that are “Made in Tennessee.”
To submit an original event, visit www.tennesseecraft.org/tennessee-craft-week/submit-your-event.
The deadline to be included as a featured event and included in the printed brochure is July 15.
All submitted events will be included on the Tennessee Craft Week website’s event calendar, tnvacation.com, and promoted on Tennessee Craft’s social media platforms. Events entered after the July 15 deadline cannot be guaranteed the same level of promotion, due to the increased number of events projected this year.
This fourth celebration of Tennessee Craft Week is held in conjunction with the annual American Craft Week, honoring and promoting fine craft across the nation. Hundreds of accomplished artists showing and demonstrating their art (at more than 75 craft-based events across the state) exemplify the impact that the "Made in Tennessee" craft culture brings to Tennessee communities and economy.
The partnership between the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and Tennessee Craft garnered national attention earning top honors with American Craft Week Star Awards in the last three years for its engaging artist demonstrations at fifteen Tennessee Welcome Centers. Tennessee Craft Week promotional cards, flyers and posters are available to download and print at www.tennesseecraft.org/tennessee-craft-week/promote-tennessee-craft-week.
Tennessee Craft Week creates
• Awareness of authentic cultural experiences for residents and visitors in October 2018, where the general public can connect on a deeper level with local artists and their process.
• Engagement by connecting Tennessee artists across the state to each other and their communities, forging effective regional partnerships and expanding the reputation of Tennessee craft artists.
• Recognition of the economic value that creative craft artists have on local communities as well as the positive cultural impact, in both urban and rural areas.
For more information, visit www.tennesseecraft.org/tennessee-craft-week/2017-craft-week-events-list.
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About Tennessee Craft
Tennessee Craft is 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.
Supported by Tennessee Arts Commission, Tennessee Department of Tourism Development, Metro Arts Nashville Office of Arts and Culture