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Appalachian Center for Craft Receives $425,000 Grant

December 22, 2016

The Appalachian Center for Craft at Tennessee Tech has received a $425,000 grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation to support its fine craft education programs.

“We are very honored and grateful to receive the generous support of the Windgate Charitable Foundation to strengthen the craft center studios for both current and future generations of craft artists,” said Kimberly Winkle, director of the School of Art, Craft & Design, which includes the Appalachian Center for Craft. “The Windgate gift will allow us to make great strides in attaining our goals as a leading academic and cultural center, both regionally and nationally.”

The grant includes $90,000 to fund the center’s popular high school summer intensive programs for three years. This program provides opportunities for students and teachers alike to spend an entire week creating and learning at the Craft Center. Participants spend the mornings studying one craft medium, afternoons studying a second medium, and evenings exploring additional media. Craft Center artists lead all workshops.

Based in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, the Windgate Charitable Foundation is a family foundation established in 1993 that is known for its support of the arts and education. In 2005, the foundation gave $500,000 to the craft center for student scholarships, the largest single gift ever to the center.

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