Tennessee Association of Craft Artists (Tennessee Craft)
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2423 Eugenia Ave
Nashville, TN 37211
Organization Details

Executive Director

Executive Director Mrs. Kimberly Waag
E-mail execdirector@tennesseecraft.org
Term Start November 2020
Kimberly's Experience: Since January 2018, Kim has served Tennessee Craft in a variety of roles including membership manager, program manager and fair director. Prior to formally joining the Tennessee Craft staff, she spent years volunteering in a variety of ways during our fairs, including serving as volunteer coordinator.

Kim earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management with a specialization in Information Technology from the University of South Florida (Tampa). Much of her 36-year career, prior to joining the staff of Tennessee Craft, Kim served in senior executive roles in regulatory and non-profit organizations, for which she brings both corporate experience and non-profit expertise to all aspects of Tennessee Craft. For the past two decades, Kim served as the chief operating and compliance officer of a large non-profit organization in her home state of Florida, where she honed her skills in operations, compliance, finance, development, fundraising, grants acquisition and management, strategic planning as well as advancing the organization's arts studio and programming. In addition, she is a champion for persons with disabilities and has advocated at state and local levels for accessibility and diversity in the arts for persons of all abilities in all aspects of arts growth and engagement.

Senior Staff

Name Title
Kimberly Waag Executive Director
Todd Herzberg Director of Marketing & Communications
Tabby Loyal Director of Development
Trish Tallon-Blanchard Director of Programs & Community Engagement


Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 100
Contractors 2
Retention Rate 67%

Plans & Policies

Does your organization have a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Does your organization have a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
When was the Strategic Plan adopted? June 2023
Does your organization have a Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Does your organization have a Policy and Procedure Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Does the organization have a Whistle Blower Policy? Yes
Does the organization have a Document Destruction Policy? Yes


Is there a formal evaluation for... Frequency (if applicable)
CEO/Executive Director Yes Annually
Senior Management Yes Annually
Non-Management Yes Annually


Affiliation Year
Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network 1997


Award / Recognition Organization Year
Best Event by a Library - Shimai Gallery of Contemporary Craft, workshops and demonstrations from their stable of artists at their local Bellevue Branch Library American Craft Week 2015
Exceptional Public Sector Support-Nashville International Airport American Craft Week 2017
Exceptional Public-Sector Support - Tennessee Department of Tourist Development for the Welcome Center Project, all-day demonstrations in 15 Welcome Centers across the state American Craft Week 2018
Governor's Award in the Arts Tennessee Arts Commission 1994
Most Energizing Advocate-Mary Grissim, TCW project manager American Craft Week 2017
Most Informative Speaker-Gene Johnson, Honorary Chairman, Tennessee Craft Week American Craft Week 2016
Most Innovative Event Concept - Check-Out Influx: Borrowing Bowls, where the audience is encouraged to 'check-out' handmade pottery bowls created by Influx members from the Green Hills Library American Craft Week 2018
Most Innovative Event Concept - Influx ?Moving In? exhibit - parked a U-Haul truck outfitted as a gallery on 5th Ave of the Arts for First Saturday Art Crawl and First Friday Art Crawl in Franklin TN American Craft Week 2015
Most Innovative Event Concept-Clay Lady's Campus progressive dinner American Craft Week 2016
Most Innovative Event Concept-Influx ?Connecting Through Clay' American Craft Week 2017
Most Innovative Event Concept-InFlux, 12x12 Exhibit at Dozen Bakery American Craft Week 2016
Most Resilient Participant-Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, after the wildfires American Craft Week 2017
Outstanding Collaborative Event - Do the Loop, Hands on make-and-take classes, Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community ? Gatlinburg American Craft Week 2018
Outstanding Event-Shimai Gallery of Contemporary Craft, Heart & Soul of Middle TN at Bellevue Branch of Nashville Public Library American Craft Week 2016
Outstanding Family Event - Firefly Artisan Fair, an outdoor night market with artist demonstrations and more at the Clay Lady's Campus American Craft Week 2018
Outstanding Family Event-Shimai Gallery of Contemporary Craft-This Is My Story, This is My Song American Craft Week 2017
Outstanding Legacy of Craft Education and Demonstration-Pink Palace Crafts Fair American Craft Week 2016
Star Award for Top Event = Statewide craft demonstrations, showcasing engaging craft experiences at the fourteen Tennessee Welcome Centers and the Nashville International Airport. American Craft Week 2015
The Ultimate Group Celebration-The Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community American Craft Week 2017
Top 20 Events in the Southeast - TACA Fall Craft Fair Nashville Southeast Tourism Society 1986
Top 20 Events in the Southeast - TACA Spring Craft Fair Nashville Southeast Tourism Society 2005
Star Award - Best Statewide Event American Craft Week 2019
Star Award - Most Creative Concept: Tennessee Craft - Southwest Salutes Veteran Artists American Craft Week 2020
Top 100 Classic & Contemporary Craft Shows in the Country Sunshine Artists 2022
Award of Excellence: Temporary Exhibition, 'Best of Tennessee Craft 2021 Biennial' (with Tennessee State Museum) Tennessee Association of Museums 2022
Award of Excellence: Special Event, 'Craft Day at the Museum' (with Tennessee State Museum) Tennessee Association of Museums 2022

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Attracting fine craft enthusiasts who believe in Tennessee Craft's mission enough to serve on our board and committees will be pivotal to our continued success. Our hope and expectation is as we raise our visibility with our new brand and through craft and craft artists programming and promotion, we'll gain traction in our ability to garner support from foundations and sponsors.