Tanasi (pronounced tah-nah’-see) is the origin of the word Tennessee. The Tanasi Arts and Heritage Center was created to showcase Tennessee mountain arts, crafts, music, drama, dance, literature, history and heritage, food, and natural beauty. The Center is being developed in two phases. The planned Center facility is pictured above. The building will have an interpretative area telling the story of the mountain arts. Guest studios will provide regional artists and craftspeople with a space for working and displaying their creations. Special exhibits will depict the customs and life of the Tennessee Mountains.