In 1926, the Arrowcraft Shop was opened. It marketed one of a kind craft made from the Appalachian people. Due to the rich history of crafts found in this region of the Appalachia, the idea of craft classes at Arrowmont would gain popularity and begin to flourish. In 1945, the first summer craft workshops were taught with some 50 students in attendance. It was led under the guidance of faculty from the University of Tennessee. These craft workshops laid the foundation of success. This success is which led it to be named the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in 1967.
Sadly there was damaged to parts of the school campus on November 29, 2016, when a wildfire from the nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park spread throughout town. Arrowmont did lose two dormitories and a maintenance shed. However, all the other buildings were unharmed. Today Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is an internationally recognized visual art education center, providing creative experiences year-round with weekend workshops that can last one to two weeks. Arrowmont also serves as a cultural center in the community offering adult and children’s community classes; an active juried, themed and invitational exhibition schedule; and annual art conferences and symposia. They offer an ArtReach and other children’s programs which impact 1,500 local school children throughout the year. They have a mission of enriching lives through art.