After nearly a year of maintaining a temporary program of the craft
center in Cal Johnson Recreation Center, the Knoxville Arts and
Fine Crafts Center has landed a new 4,000 square-foot home in Wright's
Place Shopping Center, at 1127 Broadway Ave.
The shopping center's owner, Jim Wright, who is also owner of
Vineyard Flooring, is leasing the craft center space to the City
of Knoxville. As part of the leasing agreement, Vineyard Flooring
covered the cost of replacing the wood and tile flooring in the
craft center. The Knoxville Public Service Division took care of
all other renovations for the new facility, including all electrical,
plumbing, and cosmetic work.
"By using the City Public Service Division in-house to secure the
major renovations for the new craft center, we now have a high-quality
facility that is customized to our needs, at a minimal cost," noted
Sam Anderson, Knoxville Community and Neighborhood Services Senior
Director. "This kind of teamwork between City divisions allows us
to serve Knoxville citizens in a very effective and efficient manner."
The new facility features a dance studio, a fine crafts room,
and a pottery room, complete with throwing machines and four large
"Being centrally located with easy access and plenty of parking
were all major concerns to us as we searched for a new location
for the craft center," said Joe Walsh, Deputy Director of the Knoxville
Parks and Recreation Division. "We feel like our new location meets
all of these criteria."