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SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. – May 10, 2017 – The Smoky Mountain School of Appalachian Arts and Culture kicked off this week, with ninety area eighth-grade students attending. Each student was able to attend tuition-free, thanks to a partnership between SmartBank and Sevier County Schools.

“We are thrilled to partner with SmartBank to offer ninety children this unique opportunity,” said Sevier County School Superintendent, Jack Parton. “The Arrowmont School is the perfect backdrop to educate our children about the area’s rich traditions.”

The week-long program offers an intensive study on traditional Appalachian Arts and Crafts, emphasizing basketry, woodturning and weaving. Students will also be exposed to spinning, dyeing, weaving, broom making, coopering, in addition to presentations on Appalachian history and folklore.

Transportation is being provided to and from the students’ respective schools each day, with the exception of Thursday, when students are invited to spend the night on the Arrowmont campus for a celebration of their experience. Parents and community supporters are encouraged to attend on Thursday night, for an open house that will run from 7:00-9:30p.m.

“The Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is a very special piece of this area’s culture and tradition,” SmartBank President & CEO, Billy Carroll said. “We are very grateful to be able to work with both Arrowmont, as well as Sevier County Schools, to bring this together and make a big impact on the lives of our area’s youth.”

The program began this Monday and runs through Friday.

For more information on Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, visit http://www.arrowmont.org/.

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