Woodbury, nestled in the rolling hills of scenic Middle Tennessee, is the seat of Cannon County, a small rural community with a big arts heritage. The 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 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. Annual attendance grew from 2,000 in 1991 to over 37,000 in 2000.
The Arts Center now serves over 100 craft artists, 400 performing artists and more than 19,000 students annually in its recently expanded facility. Because of The Arts Center's success and the community's rich craft heritage, Woodbury was included in John Villani's book, The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America.
The Arts Center is funded in part by The Tennessee Arts Commission, Southern Arts Federation and the National Endowment For The Arts.
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