Craft Center needs your donations to help keep programs operating

The Appalachian Center for Craft needs donations to keep several of its programs running. The Visiting Artist Program, Exhibitions Program, Educational Outreach Program, and the Housing and Studio Energy-Saving Upgrades Program remain stable through donations. Donations can also be made to the Appalachian Center for Craft Fund, which provides support to the programs with the highest priority.The Visiting Artist Program provides the Craft Center with the resources to attract various artists from the Southeast to come and share their expertise. The Exhibitions Program allows the Craft Center to host gallery exhibitions of local artists, attracting tourists and bringing in more money. The Educational Outreach Program helps the craft center stay connected with the community through various workshops, and the Housing and Studio Energy-Saving Program provides new technology and upgrades at the center to conserve energy.

“Giving to the craft center makes our future better because we can get the materials we need to have hands-on experience,” student Trent Hand, said.

All donations are tax-deductible and can be made online at http://www.tntech.edu/giving/home or by mailing or faxing the Annual Giving Campaign donor card. For more information regarding donations, contact Assistant Director Kathie McGlamery at kmcglamery@tntech.edu.

Donations can also help the Craft Center match grants like the Artist in Residence grant. In the 2008-2009 fiscal year, the craft center raised a $100,000-match for this grant, making $200,000 available to pay an annual stipend to the residential artists.

Last year’s grants included $75,000 for studio upgrades, $500,000 for student scholarships, and $30,500 for safety equipment and technology upgrades.