This is a question that is on many of our minds after seeing the horrific devastation the wild fires caused in Sevier County, Tennessee; specifically, the Gatlinburg community.
We all respond to disaster in different ways. How we decide to contribute to help heal those affected will take many forms. We may have favorite charities that are there to offer immediate shelter, food, or medical care. We might support the agencies that assist the needs of first responders to ensure that they and their equipment are there the next time they are called to action. Some of us have a special relationship with organizations that funnel resources into the community in ways that might not be quite so tangible.
My personal resources may be divided but my primary efforts will be directed toward the rebuilding of Arrowmont‘s lost facilities. The damage was vast but it could have been so much worse. Most importantly, lives were spared…so were the studios and the historical buildings but one can’t help but consider the possibility of smoke, water, and subsequent damage from nature that is potentially there. Bill May, the Executive Director, and the staff have been thoughtful in providing us all with updates and will continue to do so as they are able.
My effort to lend my support are to make a commitment to donate $25 for every confirmed registration I receive for my 2017 workshops in Bell Buckle. That’s my challenge to myself. My goal is to fill all my classes and to watch that amount grow!
I hope you will make a commitment to help Arrowmont rebuild so it can continue its significant roles as a cultural center for the community of Gatlinburg, providing art education experiences and programs for the school system of Sevier County, as well as a world class art education facility for the creative spirit in all of us no matter what level of expertise, from beginner to professional. Arrowmont has a commitment to enrich lives through art! Visit their website to learn more about the school…or to donate.