NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development partners with Tennessee Craft to sponsor craft artist demonstrations during the annual Tennessee Craft Week, held in conjunction with American Craft Week that is an annual recognition of craft across the U.S., Oct. 6-15 in all 15 Tennessee Welcome Centers.
Talented craft artists will share their creative process and skills with visitors across Tennessee. More than 14 million people visit the Tennessee Welcome Centers annually. The public is invited to stop at a Tennessee Welcome Center during Tennessee Craft Week 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 Commissioner Kevin Triplett, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. “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. 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 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. Tennessee Craft Week is a time to celebrate handmade craft artwork “Made in Tennessee” and take home an authentic treasure.
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.
For more information and a detailed list of Tennessee Craft Week events, visit www.tennesseecraft.org/tennessee-craft-week.
About Tanya Tucker
Tanya’s reign includes 23 Top 40 albums and a string of 56 Top 40 singles, 10 of which reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts. Along the way, she has provided some of the biggest country music hits of each decade, including, "Delta Dawn," "Soon," “Two Sparrows in a Hurricane,” “It’s a Little Too Late,” "Trouble" and “Texas (When I Die),” just to name a few. Tucker is also the recipient of numerous awards, including two CMAs, two ACMs, and three CMT awards. In August 2016, the Academy of Country Music honored Tucker with the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award during the 10th Annual ACM Honors™. All-inclusive sales of singles, albums, hits collections and digital downloads have topped 25 million records worldwide. For more information, visit TanyaTucker.com.
About Tennessee Craft
Tennessee Craft, formerly The Tennessee Association of Craft Artists (TACA), works to continue and create Tennessee’s fine craft tradition. With more than 500 members throughout the state, Tennessee Craft serves as the premier connecting point for local, independent makers and their audiences through Craft Fairs, exhibitions, professional development, networking, mentorship and other educational programs. Visit www.tennesseecraft.org to learn more.