The mission of the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design is to advance the understanding of craft by encouraging and supporting research, critical dialogue, and professional development. CCCD's programs strive to support the best examples of research and practice in the field.
We value and embrace the voice of the next generation. Every year, CCCD awards $15,000 Windgate Fellowships to ten graduating seniors with extraordinary skill in craft—one of the largest awards offered nationally to art students. We also place four emerging curators within prominent institutions under the Windgate Museum Internship Program.
Our knowledge-sharing activities strengthen our community and professional networks. As a result of our annual Think Tanks, CCCD produced Makers, the first comprehensive survey of American studio craft, supported the launch of The Journal of Modern Craft, and created the Craft Research Fund Program. CCCD is the only organization functioning as a catalyst for scholarly research in American craft.
"CCCD respects, values, and celebrates the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are. We foster open communication of diverse perspectives and bring a broad range of individuals together to enrich and support programming."
-excerpt from CCCD's Vision and Core Values adopted by the Board of Directors on March 20, 2015
The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) is a nationally recognized organization that was originally established as an inter-institutional, public service center of the University of North Carolina (UNC) by the Board of Governors and General Assembly in May 1996. On July 22, 1998, its nonprofit support organization received 501(c)(3) authorization for the purpose of soliciting funds for programs and operations. In August 2013, a generous gift from the Windgate Charitable Foundation allowed CCCD to purchase its historic facility at 67 Broadway Street in downtown Asheville. On October 1, 2013, the nonprofit 501(c)(3) assumed full authority over CCCD's operations and programs due to increasing budget cuts to the UNC System.
CCCD grew out of a 1994-1995 study commissioned by HandMade in America that recommended a new organization with the purpose of integrating craft, craft history, and craft criticism into education at the college level. The purpose of locating CCCD within an academic system was to incorporate the subject of craft, particularly as it relates to creativity and design, as an acknowledged and valued part of the university curriculum. CCCD forged wide-ranging interactions with undergraduate and graduate programs and is now associated with groundbreaking work in the scholarship of American craft.
In addition to building on the scholarly and institutional resources of the academy, CCCD also committed to relating to craft organizations and individual artists, museums, and other entities in a similarly strategic fashion, drawing upon the extensive history of craft, regional economic development, and evolution of craft production throughout the region and beyond. Western North Carolina has historically been, and continues to be, a vital location for craft production in the United States. CCCD, whose foundation was built upon collaboration between students, faculty, scholars, researchers, and working artists, serves as a catalyst for producing programs across institutions, colleges, and communities to stimulate conversations and critical dialogue.
The Center serves five categories of audiences through our programs: students, faculty and researchers, museum curators, practicing craft artists, and the general public.
Students attend lectures and panel discussions, participate in international residencies, and may be nominated for the Windgate Fellowship awards.
Faculty and researchers are provided financial support through the Craft Research Fund program, as well as online resources for curriculum development in craft studies.
Museum curators receive research funds in support of exhibitions, as well as interns.
Craft artists are included in lectures, panel discussions, residencies, and exhibitions.
The general public visits our rotating exhibitions, lectures, panel discussions and gallery talks.
On March 22 from 7-8:30 pm, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) and Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce will host a public meeting on affordable housing solutions for artists, craftspeople and makers. The meeting will provide the public with an opportunity to engage with and learn from Artspace, a national non-profit organization based in Minneapolis, MN that specializes in creating, owning and operating affordable housing and studio/business space for artists and creative sector businesses.