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  • 16
    Feb
    Job Opportunity: Gallery Associate

    Gallery Associate (Part-Time, up to 25 hours/week)

    Application Deadline: March 9, 2018, 11:59 PM EST

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    Position Overview

    The Center for Craft, a national 501c3 nonprofit arts organization located in downtown Asheville, NC, is currently seeking a part-time Gallery Associate. This position will staff the front desk, serve as a primary contact for public interface and provide project, program, and database support.

    The position requires a candidate that is personable, extremely organized, detail oriented, and has strong communication skills to work with the Center’s team on long-term projects. The ideal candidate will have a Bachelors Degree in Arts Administration, Art History, or a related field. Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Google Drive is required, Adobe Suite is encouraged. Experience with social media, Constant Contact, and Survey Monkey a plus. Applicants must be able to lift/push/pull 25 lbs or more, climb ladders, and operate other tools and equipment. Saturday and evening availability required.

    Job duties include

    -Public Interface: Knowledgeably and personably engage gallery visitors with exhibitions; eloquently articulate the work of the Center; accurately record and track visitor numbers, contact information, and zip codes; assist with set up and tear down for special events, lectures, and receptions;

    -Front Desk Administration: Greet guests, answer phones, issue parking passes, sort and deliver mail, and merchandise sales; ensure the security of artwork during open hours; maintain gallery cleanliness and professional atmosphere of the Center;

    -Project Support: Provide key support on administrative, marketing, exhibition and programming projects; other duties as assigned.

    Schedule and Pay Rate

    This position will be regularly scheduled to work Thursday – Saturday, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. plus additional hours including evening and weekends, as assigned.

    Pay Rate: $13/hour

    To Apply

    All application materials are due by March 9, 2018

    Please send in a completed employment application form, cover letter and C.V. to Lauren Roquemore at: lroquemore@craftcreativitydesign.org.

    A background check will be required before employment begins.

    About the Center for Craft

    The Center for Craft, established in 1996, is a national nonprofit organization that advances the understanding of craft through research, critical dialogue, and professional development in the United States. The Center is located in downtown Asheville, in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina.

    The Center for Craft is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We do not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status. The Center encourages applications from traditionally under-represented minority populations. Submitting an application does not constitute a promise or guarantee of employment. The selected candidate will be required to successfully complete a background check.

    06
    Feb
    Announcing the Inaugural Entrepreneur’s Workshop: Craft Your Commerce series

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    February 6, 2018

    Media Contact:

    Lauren Pelletier, Center for Craft, 828-785-1357, lpelletier@craftcreativitydesign.org

    Announcing the Inaugural Entrepreneur’s Workshop: Craft Your Commerce series

    Asheville, NC – The Center for Craft, UNC Asheville, and Mountain BizWorks announce Entrepreneur’s Workshop: Craft Your Commerce, a new pilot program to connect, elevate, and advance emerging and established makers/designers who have craft-inspired businesses. Using research responses from over 300 area makers/designers, the series is designed to address top identified craft business topics, share insights from professional makers with strong sector experience, and foster peer-to-peer learning. Workshop pricing is accessible ($20-40) and early-bird specials are currently available.

    The inaugural series includes three interactive workshops and a five-week course, all featuring nationally acclaimed presenters at the forefront of the craft field. Craft Your Commerce, the pilot series of the newly formed Entrepreneur’s Workshop program launches March 1 and runs through May 24, 2018. Series passes are now available with early-bird pricing through February 12. Individual workshop tickets and regular priced series passes will be available starting February 13. All sessions will be held at the Center for Craft in downtown Asheville (67 Broadway). Full details are available at www.craftyourcommerce.com.

    “The collective experience of the presenters is exceptional,” notes Stephanie Moore, Executive Director of the Center for Craft. “The series will address many of the key questions and areas of need expressed by area makers and designers. The pilot program offers a great opportunity to advance our region’s creative sector through our partnership with UNC Asheville and Mountain BizWorks.”

    The workshops will be followed by a special Mountain BizWorks Alpine cohort for those interested in integrating the strategies and tools offered in the three workshops.

    “Each session will be insightful and compelling on its own, but we’ve also designed the series to progressively build on each topic,” adds Annie Milroy Price, the Mountain BizWorks business coach facilitating the workshop series and leading the Alpine Course. “We encourage participation in the whole series to get the fullest Craft Your Commerce experience.”

    A summary of the Craft Your Commerce series follows:

    March 1 – Market Positioning: The Foundation of Your Business Strategy ($20)
    Featuring Regina Connell, former Director of Communications at Heath Ceramics. Positioning is one of the most important “business” decisions you will make. This workshop will cover why positioning is foundational for your business, how to do it, and how it will inform everything from your strategy to your brand, your pricing, your partnerships and your communications.

    March 15 – Capture & Convey: Telling Your Story Through Images ($40)
    Featuring Nicole McConville, acclaimed Asheville-based photographer and craft publishing veteran. Images are an essential tool in conveying your perspective and standing out in our visually driven world. Use strategic exercises to determine your unique entrepreneurial story and learn how to communicate it through photography that best showcases you, your work, and your values. 

    April 10 – Sustainable Growth Strategies: Exploring Creative and Profitable Maker Pathways ($20)
    Featuring the founders of Bloodroot Blades (Athens, GA) and Alex Matisse of East Fork Pottery (Asheville, NC). Artists and makers with a growing audience often wrestle with whether, when, and how to scale their operations. This panel discussion and workshop explore ways to align your business model and practices with your long-term vision, while remaining profitable.

    April 26 – Alpine Cohort for Makers ($375, community scholarships available through Mountain BizWorks)
    Facilitated by Annie Milroy Price of Mountain BizWorks and Birds Eye Business Planning. This 5-week cohort experience will aid existing makers and creative entrepreneurs in integrating learnings from the workshops into their business practices. The course will guide participants through a comprehensive assessment of their experience producing and selling to date, while also addressing the opportunities and challenges currently at hand.

    Entrepreneur’s Workshop: Craft Your Commerce is generously funded through a partnership with UNC Asheville in an effort to connect UNC Asheville students with emerging and established makers in the community through business workshops and entrepreneurship courses. “Our students are working in all disciplines across campus to establish businesses and will greatly benefit from being included in this series of informative pre-professional workshops,” notes Brent Skidmore, UNC Asheville Public Arts and Humanities Chair. “Many of these students start their prototyping of great ideas at the STEAM Studio.”

    UNC Asheville’s STEAM Studio (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) is an educational space located at the River Arts Makers Place (RAMP) that engages the next generation of makers, engineers, artists and entrepreneurs, who work side-by-side with faculty and staff experts experienced in all facets of the creative process. STEAM Studio brings together innovation, design, and fabrication with equipment for 3-D modeling, as well as water jet, laser, and plasma cutters.

    UNC Asheville students are eligible for workshop scholarships. Interested students should contact Brent Skidmore: bskidmore@unca.edu.

    Full details and ticketing information (including early-bird pricing through February 12) can be found at www.craftyourcommerce.com.

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    About Center for Craft

    Founded in 1996, the Center for Craft is a national 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the field of craft through fostering new ideas, funding craft scholarship, and backing the next generation of makers, curators and critics. The Center has developed a strong national reputation as a significant resource for artists, museums, academic researchers, university students and arts organizations. Each year, the Center administers over a quarter million dollars in grants to those working in the craft field. www.craftcreativitydesign.org

    About UNC Asheville

    UNC Asheville is the designated liberal arts institution for the UNC system and one of the nation’s top 10 public liberal arts universities. Enrolling 3,800 students and offering more than 30 undergraduate majors and a Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences degree, UNC Asheville encourages students to take part in a nationally acclaimed undergraduate research program and participate in interdisciplinary learning. From internships and hands-on projects, to study abroad and community engagement, students experience an education that extends beyond campus into the vibrant City of Asheville, the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains and the world. www.unca.edu

    About Mountain BizWorks
    Mountain BizWorks is a certified nonprofit community development financial institution (CDFI) with a mission to build a vibrant and inclusive entrepreneurial community in Western North Carolina by helping small businesses start, grow, and thrive. For 29 years, Mountain BizWorks has provided training and business loans to small businesses in WNC who are unable to secure funding from traditional lending sources.  www.mountainbizworks.org

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    18
    Jan
    Artspace Survey Launch: Counting Asheville Artists & Creatives for Affordable Housing Solutions

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    January 19, 2018

    Media Contact:

    Lauren Pelletier, Center for Craft, 828-785-1357, lpelletier@craftcreativitydesign.org

    Artspace Survey Launch: Counting Asheville Artists & Creatives for Affordable Housing Solutions

    Asheville, NC – The Center for Craft and Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the launch of a comprehensive community outreach campaign and survey to quantify affordable housing and space options for Asheville’s artists, makers, performers and creatives. The Arts Market Survey, with a tagline of “Keep Asheville Creative,” is the next step to addressing community need as part of a bigger project to develop live/work, mixed-use-model development for the creative sector in Asheville.

    The Arts Market Survey will be open for eight weeks, launching January 25, 2018 and closing on March 26, 2018. The survey is facilitated by Minneapolis-based Artspace Consulting, a branch of Artspace Projects, Inc., a national nonprofit real estate developer that specializes in creating, owning, and operating affordable housing and studio space for artists and creative sector businesses. As an added incentive, survey participants will have the chance to win a $250 prize for creative supplies.

    A survey launch party will take place on Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 5:30 pm to 7 pm at the Center for Craft (67 Broadway Street). The party is free and open to the public, and artists, makers, performers, and creatives are encouraged to attend. Registration for the event is available at keepavlcreative.com. Refreshments include light hors d’oeuvres by Foothills Local Meats, kombucha cocktails by Buchi Kombucha and desserts by French Broad Chocolates. Free parking will be available at HomeTrust Bank.

    Stephanie Moore, Executive Director of the Center for Craft, views the project as a top community priority. “We know that Asheville has a tremendous creative sector that has significantly shaped the region’s identity and culture for the past 100 years. We also know that many artists and creatives are leaving due to the rapidly increasing cost of living, putting Asheville’s culture at risk. Developing affordable housing and space solutions for artists and creatives is a key priority.”

    Artspace Preliminary Feasibility Report

    In August 2017, Artspace submitted preliminary findings, confirming the need for an affordable housing development for artists and creatives in Asheville and recommending that the community quantify the demand through an Arts Market Survey. Based on this early assessment, Artspace identified the City-owned parcel located in the River Arts District at 81-91 Riverside Drive (i.e. “Ice House”) as the priority development site. Artspace noted that in spite of challenging site conditions, retaining artists in the River Arts District is a priority when taking into consideration their “sustainable community impact” metrics. Click here to view the Preliminary Feasibility Report.

    Mayor Esther Manheimer was an early advocate of the project and sits on the Core Leadership Group. “Affordable housing continues to be a priority for the city of Asheville. Artspace’s preliminary recommendation for an affordable housing development for artists in the River Arts District is exciting. I look forward to working with our community partners to move this project forward,” remarked Manheimer.

    Arts Market Survey

    Ultimately, the Arts Market Survey provides an opportunity to test assumptions and develop a project concept that meets the community’s needs. Mike Marcus, Assistant Director at the Center for Craft views the Arts Market Survey as a critical next step.

    “This is where the rubber meets the road. It’s critical that everyone who considers themselves an artist, maker, musician, performer, designer and/or ‘creative’ be counted, whether it’s their full-time pursuit or part-time passion. Arts and cultural organizations and influencers are being encouraged to spread the word through their networks so that we reach everyone in the community,” said Marcus.

    Newly elected City Councilwoman Sheneika Smith notes, “This project is a wonderful display of how community-led solutions help advance efforts to solve Asheville’s housing challenges. I encourage creatives from all artistic disciplines to weigh in, so that no other artist or cultural leader is lost to another region.”

    To assist in this effort, print and digital media kits are being distributed at the Artspace Survey Launch Party event on January 25th. For more information on media kits, please contact Mike Marcus at mmarcus@craftcreativitydesign.org

    Funding Partners

    The preliminary feasibility assessment and Arts Market Survey have been generously funded by The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, City of Asheville, Center for Craft, Ted and Senator Terry Van Duyn, Duke Energy Foundation, HomeTrust Bank, Dana and Jana Stonestreet, Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, and Diamond Brand Gear.

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    ABOUT ARTSPACE

    Established in 1979, Artspace is a national nonprofit real estate developer that specializes in creating, owning, and operating affordable housing and studio space for artists and creative sector businesses. They currently own and operate 42 projects across the country and have made over $700 million in real estate investments to-date. www.artspace.org

    ABOUT THE CENTER FOR CRAFT

    Founded in 1996, the Center for Craft is a national 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the field of craft through fostering new ideas, funding craft scholarship, and backing the next generation of makers, curators and critics. The Center has developed a strong national reputation as a significant resource for artists, museums, academic researchers, university students and arts organizations. Each year, the Center for Craft administers over a quarter million dollars in grants to those working in the craft field. www.craftcreativitydesign.org

    ABOUT THE ASHEVILLE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

    The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce is a member organization with more than 1,700 member businesses and organizations. Chamber members collaborate with community organizations and coalitions to support the community and each other with the mission of building community through business. The Asheville Chamber focuses on growing jobs, serving as a voice for business and fostering member success. www.ashevillechamber.org

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    22
    Nov
    Study Confirms Affordable Housing and Studio Need for Artists/Creatives in Asheville; Proposes Solutions

    Asheville, NC – In 2015, The Center for Craft, in partnership with the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, commissioned Minneapolis-based Artspace Consulting to conduct a preliminary feasibility assessment and report as the first step towards developing affordable space solutions for artists and the creative sector in Asheville, North Carolina.

    Artspace Consulting recently submitted their preliminary feasibility assessment findings, which confirm the need for affordable housing and workspaces for artists and creatives. Artspace has recommended that Asheville move forward with an Arts Market Survey to test demand for an 80-unit affordable housing development. They met with over 200 stakeholders during a visit to Asheville in March 2017. The visit included meetings with artists, city officials, philanthropic, cultural and business leaders, and the general public. (click HERE to view the Preliminary Feasibility Report)

    Stephanie Moore, Executive Director of the Center for Craft, views the project as a top community priority. “We know that Asheville has a tremendous creative sector that has significantly shaped the region’s identity and culture for the past 100 years. We also know that many artists and creatives are leaving due to the rapidly increasing cost of living, putting Asheville’s culture at risk. Developing affordable housing and space solutions for artists and creatives who represent a wide cross-section of the community, from our service sector, to our educators, to small business entrepreneurs is essential to retain the creative sector.”

    The project partnership came to fruition after a Fall 2015 meeting between the Center for Craft, Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Coalition. “I became a quick fan of the Center’s work. They are the national thought leader for the field of craft and are located here in Asheville,” remarked Kit Cramer, President/CEO of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce. “Craft has been and continues to be an economic success story of this region. As our organizations explored potential areas of collaboration, an affordable housing initiative that retains artists, makers and creatives emerged as an obvious fit. We put together a strong community leadership team and successfully raised the necessary funds for the study. I am thrilled with the initial results and look forward to continuing to move the project forward,” said Cramer.

    The community leadership group includes:

    Mayor Esther Manheimer, City of Asheville
    Peter Alberice, MHAworks
    Kit Cramer, Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
    Mike Marcus, Center for Craft
    Stacey Millett, UNC Asheville
    Stephanie Moore, Center for Craft
    Sam Powers, City of Asheville Economic Development
    Tara Scholtz, The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina
    Brent Skidmore, UNC Asheville
    Dana Stonestreet, HomeTrust Bank

    Artspace Recommendation

    Artspace is the national nonprofit leader for developing affordable artist housing and studio space. Their team was initially attracted to Asheville’s reputation as the arts-magnet of the Southeast. Once under contract, Artspace focused on assessing the unique characteristics of Asheville’s creative sector, affordable housing needs, philanthropic capacity, and political will. They leveraged their experience in building successful affordable artist housing options around the country to make recommendations on a project most likely to succeed here in Asheville: an 80-unit mixed use affordable housing development for artists.

    In response to Artspace’s recommended path forward, Asheville’s civic, philanthropic and cultural leaders have successfully raised the funds to move forward with the Arts Market Survey, scheduled to launch late January 2018.

    The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (CFWNC) has been supportive of the project since its inception and worked to ensure that the feasibility assessment had the funding it needed to be successful. “We admire the work of Artspace and were intrigued by their past projects. We are proud to work with the Center for Craft, [Asheville Area] Chamber of Commerce, and City of Asheville to bring them to this region,” said Tara Scholtz, Senior Program Officer at CFWNC. “

    Priority Development Site: City’s “Ice House” Site Located @ 81-91 Riverside Drive

    A key aspect of the preliminary feasibility assessment included an evaluation of 10 potential development sites in Asheville, all of which are owned/controlled by governmental and institutional organizations, including the City of Asheville, UNC Asheville and the Center for Craft. Artspace used their standardized evaluation criterion that factors in property location, size, conditions, zoning/land use, acquisition/site control, sustained community impact and alignment with community priorities.

    Based on this early assessment, Artspace identified the City-owned parcel located in the River Arts District at 81-91 Riverside Drive (I.E. “Ice House”) as the priority development site. Artspace noted that in spite of challenging site conditions, retaining artists in the River Arts District is a priority when taking into consideration their ‘sustainable community impact’ metrics. For this reason, they identified the City’s Bartlett Street site as their second site preference. In the assessment, Artspace noted that it is still too early in the feasibility phase to conclude that either is a perfect solution and that additional sites may be identified as they move through the feasibility and due diligence process.

    Mayor Esther Manheimer was an early advocate of the project and sits on the Core Leadership Group. “Affordable housing continues to be a priority for the city of Asheville. The Artspace’s preliminary recommendation for an affordable housing development for artists in the River Arts District is exciting. I look forward working with our community partners to move this project forward,” remarked Manheimer.

    Arts Market Survey

    The Arts Market Survey provides an opportunity to test assumptions and develop a project concept that meets the community’s needs. Mike Marcus, Assistant Director at the Center for Craft, has led the initiative since its inception. Marcus views the Arts Market Survey as a critical next step, “This is where the rubber meets the road. It’s critical that everyone who considers themselves an artist, maker, musician, performer, designer and/or ‘creative’ be counted, whether it’s their full-time pursuit or part-time passion.” Towards that end, an ad-hoc arts leadership advisory group has been established. “In order to make sure that everyone is accounted for and considered, this has to be a community-wide approach. We are inviting a wide array of organizations to help us reach out and publicize the survey. If we haven’t found you, please reach out and help us spread the word!”

    The Arts Market Survey launches in late January 2018 and will run for 6 weeks. To learn more and for project updates, visit www.craftcreativitydesign.org.

    Funding Partners

    The preliminary feasibility assessment and arts market survey have been generously funded by The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, City of Asheville, Ted and Senator Terry Van Duyn, Duke Energy Foundation, HomeTrust Bank, Dana and Jana Stonestreet, and Diamond Brand Gear.

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    ABOUT ARTSPACE
    Established in 1979, Artspace is a national nonprofit real estate developer that specializes in creating, owning, and operating affordable housing and studio space for artists and creative sector businesses. They currently own and operate 42-projects across the country and have made over $700 million in real estate investments to-date. http://www.artspace.org

    ABOUT THE CENTER FOR CRAFT
    Founded in 1996, The Center for Craft is a national 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the field of craft through fostering new ideas, funding craft scholarship, and backing the next generation of makers, curators and critics. The Center has developed a strong national reputation as a significant resource for artists, museums, academic researchers, university students and arts organizations. Each year, the Center for Craft administers over a quarter million dollars in grants to those working in the craft field. www.craftcreativitydesign.org

    ABOUT THE ASHEVILLE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
    The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce is a member organization with more than 1,700 member businesses and organizations. Chamber members collaborate with community organizations and coalitions to support the community and each other with the mission of building community through business. The Asheville Chamber focuses on growing jobs, serving as a voice for business and fostering member success. www.ashevillechamber.org

    Download PDF press release

    Download the Artspace Preliminary Feasibility Report (August 2017)

    21
    Nov
    2018 Materials-Based Research Grants

    Applications are now open for grants to support the expanding definition of craft-based research and promote collaboration between the fields of Craft, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

    The Materials-Based Research Grant is an award of up to $15,000 granted to interdisciplinary teams of researchers for an 18-month grant period. The goal of these collaborations is to encourage mutually beneficial innovation in Craft and STEM through focusing on materials and process-based research. The teams should include one maker and one professional working in a STEM-based field (e.g. Material Science, Manufacturing, Environmental Studies, Medicine, Structural Engineering, etc.). 

    The Goal of the Materials-Based Research Grant is to advance, expand, and support innovative and mutually-beneficial craft-based research in the United States, including:

    Application Deadline: March 15, 2018, 11:59 pm EST

    Grant Timeline:

    March 15, 2018 All applications due in SlideRoom
    Mid-May, 2018 Awards announced
    June 1, 2018 – 18 month project cycle begins
    February 28, 2019 – Status report due
    November 30, 2019 – Funding cycle ends
    January 15, 2020 – Final report due

    To learn more and apply, view the grant guidelines below and visit craftcreativitydesign.slideroom.com.

    2018 Materials-Based Research Grant Guidelines

    2018 Materials-Based Research Grant Budget Form

    “New Materials, New Technology” || 2017 Cheongju Symposium Presentation by Marilyn Zapf from CCCD on Vimeo.

    In September 2017, Center for Craft Assistant Director and Curator Marilyn Zapf presented on “the possibilities of crafts in the age of integrated arts, science, technology, and information” at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale in South Korea. Watch her presentation to learn how the Center for Craft’s Materials-Based Research grants are working to address some of the world’s most pressing issues to ensure the relevance and value of craft for the next 100 years.

    The Materials-Based Research Grant program is administered by The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design and supported by the Windgate Fund at the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.

    30
    Jun
    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.”

    A thriving community of artists and a growing local food and drink scene defines the Asheville area for both lifelong residents and weekend visitors. 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.

    Future programming, including Craft City Food and Art Tours and Craft City Meet the Maker events, will give participants the opportunity to learn about and sample the best small-batch, high-quality, and handmade products Asheville has to offer.

    By celebrating Asheville with the Craft City program series, CCCD intends to increase public understanding about craft. Established in 1996, CCCD has championed the value of craft and supported the next generation of makers, curators, and scholars through fellowships, grants, conferences, exhibitions, and programs. In 2014, CCCD’s contemporary craft gallery, Benchspace, opened to the public in the organization’s new downtown Asheville facility.

    “CCCD is proud to call downtown Asheville home,” says Executive Director Stephanie Moore. “With this program series, we are stepping outside of our gallery and into the city. We hope to introduce people to the handmade culture that surrounds us in fun and unexpected ways.”

    “Craft City kicks off this summer with New Craft Artists in Action (NCAA), an international artist collective known for their participatory projects that combine athletics with craft,” says Marilyn Zapf, assistant director and curator. “In August and September we feature two Asheville-area artists: printmaker Jessica White and new media artist Victoria Bradbury.”

    The Craft City manifesto reads: “Asheville is a Craft City. From the mugs we make out of local clay to the beer we brew with seasonal produce, craft is everywhere. We value the local, entrepreneurial, small-batch, high-quality, and handmade. That’s why so many makers are attracted to live and work here. If you are curious about craft and you love our mountain community, join us as we explore what makes Asheville a Craft City.”

    The initial three Craft City pop ups will feature live music, festive local fare crafted by Buchi Kombucha, and a casual artist talks. While the events are free and open to all, participants who register in advance online receive a discount on the craft kit. For $7-$10, craft kits include all the materials needed to take home your own creation. Registration and more information is available at cccdnow.org/craftcity.

    City Workshops are sponsored by Buchi Kombucha and funded in part by a grant from the Asheville Area Arts Council, and the vendors of Asheville Art in the Park. Craft City branding and design is sponsored by HNYCMB Creative

     
    UPCOMING CRAFT CITY PROGRAMS

    Free admission, featured project kits $7-10 each. Projects vary, but recommended age is 12+. Advance registration and more information at cccdnow.org/craftcity.

    Friday, July 7, 5-8 PM
    Visiting artist: New Craft Artists in Action (NCAA), Boston, MA
    Craft project: Finger-knit basketball nets 

    New Craft Artists in Action work at the intersection of craft and sports. Learn how to finger knit a basketball hoop with visiting NCAA artists. For $7 (pre-sale, $10 at door), buy a craft kit (includes net supplies, a mini 5″ basketball board, and ball), or work on regular-size basketball nets to donate to Stephens-Lee Community Center. Join CCCD the following day at Stephens-Lee to hang the finger-knit hoops and play basketball-related field games. (Field Games with the NCAA, Sat, July 8, 10 AM – 1 PM, Stephens-Lee Recreation Center, 30 George Washington Carver Ave.)

     

    Friday, August 4, 5-8 PM
    Visiting artist: Jessica White, Asheville, NC
    Craft project: Letterpress notebooks

    Love letterpress? Try out this popular printing technique with Jessica White, Asheville-based printmaker and letterpress artist. For $7 (pre-sale, $10 at door), pick up a craft kit that includes paper for the cover and interior pages and waxed linen thread to bind your notebook together. Customize your cover using a variety of types and blocks and print them on your notebook using Jessica’s mobile printing press.

     

    Friday, September 1, 5-8 PM
    Visiting artist: Victoria Bradbury, Asheville, NC
    Craft project: Light-up dioramas

    Victoria Bradbury is an Asheville-based interactive media artist, blending code and virtual reality with craft.  For $7 (pre-sale, $10 at door), purchase a craft kit that includes supplies to make a diorama of a mountain picnic scene. Bradbury will demonstrate how to make your diorama light up by creating a simple electric circuit with conducting tape, a battery, and a LED light. Step into this mountain scene with Bradbury’s Virtual Reality headset, and try your hand at setting up a (virtual) picnic.

    21
    Mar
    CCCD Announces 2017 Materials-Based Research Grant Recipients

    The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) is pleased to announce the inaugural recipients of the Materials-Based Research Grant. Of 46 applicants, three project teams will receive $10,000 each to pursue mutually beneficial innovation in Craft and STEM research, including exploring the effects of farming practices on the material properties of bone china, crafting with nature through growing 3D forms with bacterial cellulose, and developing a technique for producing analog lava flows.

    “As the leading supporter of craft and higher education in the United States, CCCD is proud to support the expanding definition of craft-based research through innovative material practice and collaboration,” said CCCD Executive Director, Stephanie Moore.
    The goals of this peer-reviewed grant are to advance, expand, and support innovative and mutually-beneficial craft-based research in the United States. This includes fostering new craft-based approaches to STEM research; supporting craft practice, experimentation, and applications outside the field of art; advancing innovative research in craft materials (e.g. wood, metal, fiber, clay, glass); exploring the inter-relationship among the fields of craft, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; and fostering new interdisciplinary approaches to craft informed materials-based research in the United States.

    This year’s panel included: Martin Conreen, Director, Institute of Making, University College London and Senior Lecturer in Design, Goldsmiths, University of London; Kieren Jones, Course Leader, MA Material Futures, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London; and Leila Kinney, Executive Director, Arts Initiatives and MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Material Concerns, an exhibition exploring the phenomenon of craft and cross-disciplinary practice in the United States is planned for CCCD’s Benchspace Gallery & Workshop in Asheville, NC in 2018 and will include the projects by the 2017 Materials-Based Research grant recipients.

    2017 Materials-Based Research Grant Recipients:

    Weighing calcined cow, pig, and sheep bones from the Blue Hill at Stone Barns Kitchen. Photo by Gregg Moore.

    $10,000 – Effects of farming practices and animal husbandry on the material properties of bone china
    Gregg Moore, Associate Professor of Art and Design, Arcadia University
    Tobias Landberg, Assistant Professor of Biology, Arcadia University

    To test the hypothesis that factory farming technology, relative to traditional farming practices, reduces the bone mineral content that improves bone china quality.

    Project Abstract: “Not all bone is created equal. We know that farming practices have an effect on animal bone qualities (Reid & Horvath, 1980; Suttle, 2010). We do not yet know how farming practices that affect the animal’s quality of life determine bone china material properties. Our preliminary experiments show dramatic differences in bone china quality using single source, organic, pastured, hormone and drug free animal bone ash compared to industrially sourced bone ash (Figure 1). We don’t yet know if this is a widespread phenomenon. We will test the hypothesis that factory farming technology, relative to traditional farming practices, reduces the bone mineral content that improves bone china quality.”

    CumVivo

    Crafting Cum Vivo. Photos courtesy of Walter Zimbeck and Ryan Hoover.

    $10,000 – Crafting Cum Vivo: Growing 3D forms with bacterial cellulose
    Ryan Hoover, Faculty, Interdisciplinary Sculpture, Maryland Institute College of Art
    Walter Zimbeck, Manager, 3D Printing, Technology Assessment & Transfer, Inc.

    To research and develop bioprinting methodologies to 3D print forms with bacteria that produce cellulose microfibers, creating three-dimensional objects with novel material properties optimized for the object’s form.

    Project Abstract: “Nature simultaneously builds material and form through additive processes. We then harvest from nature to craft objects, often with subtractive processes like woodworking that waste material and energy and prevent the structure of the material from being optimized for the form. With careful application of advances in biotechnology, craft may now become making with nature. We will research and develop bioprinting methodologies to 3D print forms with bacteria that produce cellulose microfibers, creating three­ dimensional objects with novel material properties optimized for the object’s form.”

    Range of different lava flow forms produced under different conditions. Photos courtesy of Jeffrey Karson. http://lavaproject.syr.edu/

    $10,000 – Building lava flows for scientific and artistic displays: A craft and science synergy
    Jeffrey Karson, Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Syracuse University
    Robert J. Wysocki, Assistant Professor, Sculpture Program, Syracuse University

    To develop a technique for producing analog lava flows made from real basaltic lava (as erupted on Hawaii, Iceland, seafloor, etc.) that are suitable for display for scientific, educational and artistic purposes.

    Project Abstract: “We propose to develop a technique for producing analog lava flows made from real basaltic lava (as erupted on Hawaii, Iceland, seafloor, etc.) that are suitable for display for scientific, educational and artistic purposes. Building upon our considerable experience with this exotic material, our approach will involve using armatures, thermal treatments, and other methods to preserve the spectacular table-top-size lava flows produced in our ongoing experiments. Our goal is to produce displays that can be shared and appreciated in a wide range of settings including classrooms, science displays, studios, and museums.”

    View full press release

     The Materials-Based Research Grant program is administered by The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design and supported by the Windgate Fund at the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.

    15
    Mar
    CCCD to Host Public Meeting on Affordable Housing Solutions for Artists

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    CCCD to Host Public Meeting on Affordable Housing Solutions for Artists
    Artspace, the national nonprofit leader in developing affordable artist live/work spaces to present in Asheville, NC

    ASHEVILLE, NC – 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.

    The public meeting is the capstone to a three-day visit that will introduce the community to the Artspace leadership team. The visit kicks-off a year-long feasibility assessment and market study to determine the viability of an appropriately sized mixed-use affordable housing development for artists and creative sector businesses. The process is being guided by a leadership group that includes Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer and community leaders from The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, MHAworks, City of Asheville, The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, UNC Asheville, and HomeTrust Bank.

    Artspace is positioned to bring together the region’s creative sector, including arts organizations, artists and makers, through a community engagement process that results in actionable data for the purpose of developing affordable housing, studio space, and resources. The project represents a high impact investment that will strengthen the arts and cultural sector of the region while also promoting other types of economic development, such as talent attraction and retention.

    “Artspace is at the forefront of the movement to develop affordable housing for artists and owns numerous projects around the state and country.  We are thrilled to bring their expertise to the area,” says Stephanie Moore, Executive Director of CCCD. “Creatives benefit when they’re co-located together in spaces that are affordable and accessible. We need to support smart opportunities like this to ensure that Asheville’s creative sector continues to thrive.”

    Artspace begins each project with a comprehensive feasibility assessment including a market study to quantify a community’s creative sector, in-depth stakeholder engagement, and an analysis of potential development sites. The result is actionable data that can translate to appropriately-sized affordable mixed-use housing developments for artists and the creative sector. “If we can have more usable data about the arts and culture community, the possibility of more housing that will keep artists in Asheville, and identification of viable sites for this kind of development, that would be a win on all fronts,” said Kit Cramer, President/CEO of the Asheville Chamber.

    EVENT DETAILS

    Date and Time: Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 7 – 8:30 pm

    Location: The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, 67 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC 28801

    Parking: Complimentary parking is available at HomeTrust Bank, located at 10 Woodfin Street, Asheville, NC 28801.

    To learn more and RSVP for the event, visit www.facebook.com/centerforcraft/events.

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    Background: In November 2015, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) and the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce partnered to increase the number of arts-based developments and affordable housing units for artists in Buncombe County. Artspace was selected as an ideal partner to support this project based on their national reputation as a nonprofit leader in arts-based development. Beginning in January 2016, CCCD and the Asheville Chamber launched a comprehensive community engagement process to build collective support and a funding strategy for this project.

    Over the past year, CCCD and the Asheville Chamber have been successful in raising $70,000 to support the project with generous support provided by City of Asheville, The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, Ted & Terry Van Duyn, and Duke Energy Foundation. Buncombe County is currently considering a grant application to provide the final $28,000 needed to fully fund the due diligence efforts.

    ABOUT ARTSPACE

    Established in 1979, Artspace is a national nonprofit real estate developer that specializes in creating, owning, and operating affordable housing and studio space for artists and creative sector businesses. They currently own and operate 42-projects across the country and have made over $700 million in real estate investments to-date. http://www.artspace.org 

    ABOUT THE CENTER FOR CRAFT, CREATIVITY & DESIGN

    Founded in 1996, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design is a national 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the field of craft through fostering new ideas, funding craft scholarship, and backing the next generation of makers, curators and critics. CCCD has developed a strong national reputation as a significant resource for artists, museums, academic researchers, university students and arts organizations. Each year, CCCD administers over a quarter million dollars in grants to those working in the craft field. www.craftcreativitydesign.org

    ABOUT THE ASHEVILLE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

    The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce is a member organization with more than 1,700 member businesses and organizations. Chamber members collaborate with community organizations and coalitions to support the community and each other with the mission of building community through business. The Asheville Chamber focuses on growing jobs, serving as a voice for business and fostering member success. For more on the Asheville Chamber, visit http://www.ashevillechamber.org.

    21
    Feb
    Call for Participation: Object as Poet

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    “All forms are language, and communication flows between all of them, non-verbal and verbal alike.”  -M.C. Richards

    “I have been a spellbound traveler in the world of objects, having been magnetized into their orbit and mystified by their aura-the marvel of shapes and the materials of those shapes, how the shapes come together, the tensions, the colors, their uses present and past, their isolation, their embrace, their all-knowing presence, their space and vitality.” -Rose Slivka

    Motivated by the writings of longtime Craft Horizons magazine editor Rose Slivka and artist/poet M.C. Richards, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) presents a challenge for makers and writers: to create a new collaborative work inspired by The Good Making of Good Things: Craft Horizons Magazine, 1941-1979 in just 11 days.

    This program will have three phases:

    Phase One, April 15, 2-4 pm: convene makers and writers, introduce and tour exhibition, engage in a collaborative, playful workshop, and assign teams.

    Phase Two: teams will have 11 days to refine, develop and materialize a final collaborative work.

    Phase Three, April 28, 6:30–8pm: teams will present the final work during a public event at CCCD.

    How to Apply:

    Applications are due by March 11, 2017 and will be reviewed by Anna Helgeson, Grants and Programs Coordinator, CCCD and Gary Hawkins, Associate Dean for Faculty, Warren Wilson College. Applicants will be notified by April 1, 2017. For questions and further information, please contact ahelgeson@craftcreativitydesign.org or 828-785-1357.

    APPLY NOW

    This event is held in conjunction with The Good Making of Good Things: Craft Horizons 1941-1979, on view at The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design January 20 – May 20, 2017.

    The Good Making of Good Things: Craft Horizons 1941–1979 is curated by The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design’s (CCCD) 2017 Curatorial Fellows Elizabeth Essner, Lily Kane, and Meaghan Roddy and organized by CCCD. The CCCD Curatorial Fellowship is made possible by the John & Robyn Horn Foundation. This exhibition is generously sponsored by Rotasa Foundation with additional support from Gary Ferraro and Lorne Lassiter. All Craft Horizons images and content owned by the American Craft Council and provided courtesy of the ACC Library & Archives. CCCD is supported in part by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

    01
    Sep
    2017 Materials-Based Research Grants

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    This year, CCCD is proud to announce a new, pilot grant initiative that will support the expanding definition of craft-based research and promote collaboration between the fields of Craft, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

    The Materials-Based Research Grant is an award of up to $15,000 granted to interdisciplinary teams of researchers for an 18-month grant period. The goal of these collaborations is to encourage mutually beneficial innovation in Craft and STEM through focusing on materials and process-based research. The teams should include one maker and one professional working in a STEM-based field (e.g. Material Science, Manufacturing, Environmental Studies, Medicine, Structural Engineering, etc.). 

    The Goal of the Materials-Based Research Grant is to advance, expand, and support innovative and mutually-beneficial craft-based research in the United States, including:

    Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 11:59 pm EST

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    To learn more and apply, view the grant guidelines below and visit craftcreativitydesign.slideroom.com.

    2017 Materials-Based Research Grant Guidelines

    2017 Materials-Based Research Grant Budget Form

    The Materials-Based Research Grant program is administered by The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design and supported by the Windgate Fund at the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.

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