Arts Center of Cannon County
The award winning Arts Center of Cannon County is a unique model for rural arts organizations. Situated in an underserved rural area in a town of 2,000 (Woodbury,TN) and a county of 12,000, The Arts Center annually commands a worldwide audience of 40,000 through its facility and over 100,000 through web sites, publications, and recording projects.
Drawing on the blue-collar roots of its community, the organization focuses on self-sufficiency, fiscal responsibility and social entrepreneurship. Since its inception in 1980,The Arts Center has averaged over 85% earned income and has never run an operating deficit. Cannon County’s long tradition of white oak basket and chair-making has gained the attention of collectors and museums worldwide, including the Tennessee State Museum, the Smithsonian Institution and The Museum of Folk Culture in Hunan Province in China. In 1992 the community of Woodbury won the Tennessee Governor’s Award in the Arts for supporting the construction of a permanent multi-functional arts center to bolster the local crafts industry and a flourishing community theatre. Since then The Arts Center of Cannon County has become a model for what communities can accomplish when they pull together toward a common goal. The Arts Center now serves over 100 craft artists, 400 performing artists and more than 19,000 students annually in its recently expanded facility.