"Arrowmont is celebrating Bill Griffith's 25 years of service by honoring him with a fellowship in his name. The Bill Griffith Art Educators Fellowship is designed to change lives in unexpected ways for K-12 art teachers and indirectly for their students by providing them an opportunity for immersion in the creative and inspiring atmosphere that is Arrowmont.
One teacher from the United States will be selected annually for 10 years for a four-week residency during Arrowmont's signature summer workshop program. The Fellowship recipients will receive a studio, meals and housing, enrollment in a one-week workshop and may visit any workshops in session during their residency. Successfully establishing this Fellowship reflects the circle of Bill's life journey from a high school art teacher finding support, training and inspiration at Arrowmont, to insuring that other art teachers will enjoy this life changing experience too.
During Bill's tenure as Assistant Director and Director of Programs, he has initiated and managed a long legacy of new art education programming including ArtReach, annually serving 1,200 students from Sevier County Schools, enhanced children's classes and made them a regular component of community programming, and created the Artists-in-Residence program which is now in its 20th year providing opportunities for early career, emerging artists. Almost $50,000 has been donated in support of the Bill Griffith Art Educators Fellowship at Arrowmont. A few more gifts and this Fellowship will be fully supported for the next twenty years. Thanks to all who have honored Bill and shown their support for this initiative."