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  • Craft Industry Economic Impact Report, 1995-2007

    Craft is a significant economic generator for Western North Carolina through entrepreneurial small businesses of makers, craft-associated retail, the real estate value of creative class businesses, and as a cultural tourism attraction. Today’s craft industry is dynamic founded in the heritage and appreciation of traditional crafts of the region. Craft was seen as a economic generator as early as 1897 with the establishment of Allanstand Cottage Industries, founded to improve the subsistence income by training and marketing the work of traditional weavers, basketmakers and woodworkers. Today Western North Carolina has the highest concentration of working studio craft artists in the country. They are recognized nationally for the quality of their work. The craft industry has demonstrated considerable serious implications for economic development throughout the region, from small rural towns to urban Asheville.

    Craft Industry Economic Impact Report 1995 (PDF)


    The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design launches “Craft City”

    The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) debuts a new program series this summer that honors Asheville as “Craft City.” At three outdoor pop-up studios this summer (July 7, August 4, and September 1) people of all skill levels and backgrounds can make a take-home craft under the guidance of a visiting artist.


    VISIT: The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design | 67 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC 28801 | map it | Phone: 828.785.1357 Fax: 828.785.1372 | email us | Gallery hours: Tue - Sat 10-6