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  • 13th Annual Craft Think Tank – June 19-21, 2016


    On June 19-21, 2016 CCCD, in partnership with Warren Wilson College, convened a two-day, special-topic Craft Think Tank, bringing together a select group of experts across disciplines to assess the state of craft in academia. During the first day, the group met to consider, adopt, or reject new strategies to further the study (and thereby the practice) of craft. Contributors developed a list of potential initiatives and prioritized the following:

    -Scholarly national craft conference
    -NEH course/workshop on teaching craft studies
    -Strategically diversifying the field
    -Supporting universities to develop a craft studies minor using existing resources

    The second day focused on developing a master’s-level program in critical and historical craft studies. The group discussed and made recommendations concerning the content, format, approach,audience, and resources needed to create a relevant and successful program.

    Think Tank Report – 2016

    CCCD and WWC’s 2016 Craft Think Tank was supported, in part, by a grant from the John & Robyn Horn Foundation.

    12th Annual Craft Think Tank – October 16–18, 2014

    2014 Think Tank

    Photo by Steve Mann, Black Box Photography

    The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design held its 12th annual Craft Think Tank on October 16-18, 2014 in Asheville, North Carolina.  This year’s intimate gathering posed an opportunity to focus on the specific needs of the curatorial community, bringing together a select group of national and international, emerging and experienced curators, artists, and critics.

    Conversations focused on questions such as: what are the obstacles and opportunities for exhibiting objects and making in the 21st Century, what does it mean to be a “craft” curator in a post-disciplinary creative landscape, and how can we strengthen the display, documentation, and preservation of objects?  Participants also considered how matters like diversity, technology, and interdisciplinary inform the future of craft curating.

    Participants included:

    Glenn Adamson, Nanette L Laitman Director of the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)
    Nora Atkinson, Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft at the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum
    Elissa Auther, Associate Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
    Edward S. Cooke, Jr., Charles F. Montgomery Professor of American Decorative Arts in the Department of the History of Art at Yale University
    Professor Daniel Charny, creative director, designer and Founder, From Now On, London, UK
    Garth Johnson, Curator of Artistic Programs for The Clay Studio in Philadelphia / Curator of Ceramics, ASU Art Museum
    Elizabeth Kozlowski, Curator at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
    Stephanie Moore, Executive Director, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design
    Danny Orendorff, curator, writer & activist, Curator-in-Residence & Interim Director of Artistic Programs, The Charlotte Street Foundation
    Jenelle Porter, Mannion Family Senior Curator, The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
    Dr. Catharine Rossi, Senior Lecturer in Design History, Kingston University
    Sarah Schleuning, Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, High Museum of Art, Atlanta
    T’ai Smith, Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory and a Wall Scholar in the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of British Columbia
    Cindi Strauss, Assistant Director, Programming and Curator for Modern and Contemporary Decorative Arts and Design,The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
    Namita Gupta Wiggers, curator, writer, and educator, Director and Co-Founder of Critical Craft Forum, Portland, OR.
    David Wilson, artist and curator, Oakland, CA
    Marilyn Zapf, Assistant Director, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design
    Emily Zilber, Ronald L. and Anita C. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    Think Tank Report – 2014

    10th Annual Craft Think Tank – September 13–15, 2012

    The 2012 Annual Craft Think Tank brought together 17 thought leaders for three days to discuss the need to develop new models of craft apprenticeships. Topics of discussion included the history of apprenticeships, the state of craft education, modes of work, mentorship and influence, transmission of knowledge, equity and legal concerns, and steps to move towards a new, sustainable model.

    The New Apprenticeship Project website is a repository for the future development of this project.

    You can also download a report on the proceedings of the 2012 Craft Think Tank here.

    9th Annual Craft Think Tank – March 23- 26, 2011

    The 2011 Annual Craft Think Tank convened 15 thought leaders in the field of craft to discuss a variety of topics suggested by participants. This year’s discussions addressed how craft is defined in the university setting, the role of the artist outside of the studio, the anticipated impact of craft in 10 years, and how national and regional craft conversations inform one another. 

    8th Annual Craft Think Tank – March 19-21, 2009

    The 2009 Annual Craft Think Tank convened 19 though leaders in the field of craft to discuss a variety of topics suggested by participants. This year’s discussions addressed the effect of the internet on craft artist-gallery relationships, federal funding opportunities for craft, the impact of CAD (Computer Aided Design) on craft education, practice-based PhDs in craft, the opportunity of craft collaborations in a global economy, ‘borrowing’ from the fine arts, and advancing the goal of having the history of craft courses taught at the undergraduate level. 

    7th Annual North Carolina Think-Tank, April 3-5, 2008

    The 2008 North Carolina Craft Think-Tank marked the seventh year CCCD has convened leaders in the field of craft. The number is limited to no more than 24 participants to allow for a meaningful dialogue on each of the topics. Topics discussed are introduced by participants then opened to the full group for discussion. Initiatives identified in past retreats have led to project and programs for both CCCD and institutions throughout the country. The 2008 session major points were recorded by CCCD director Dian Magie and assistant director Katie Lee and outlined in this report.

    Think Tank Report – 2008

    6th Annual North Carolina Think-Tank, April 12-15, 2007

    April 12-15, the UNC Center for Craft, Creativity and Design convened twenty-two leaders in the field of craft – artists, curators, faculty, writers from throughout the U.S. with representatives from Canada and England, including CCCD Director, Assistant Director and three CCCD board members. (Listed at end of report) Friday and Saturday attendees participated in discussions on seven topics, each with three discussion leaders from the group. Lively discussions continued at meals, and as the group assembled at the end of the day for wine and cheese on the veranda of Waverly Inn, one of two inns reserved for retreat participants.

    Think Tank Report – 2007

    2002 – 2005 Annual Craft Retreats

    The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design began hosting a two-day spring retreat in 2002 with the charge to “identify and prioritize initiatives that will advance craft in academia and the curatorial worlds.” In the following three years, the topic of the retreats further developed the initiatives recommended in 2002. Participants in the retreats represented leaders in the field of fine craft – museum directors and curators, university faculty, scholars, editors, critics and artist – with diverse media expertise and geography. Thirty-one craft leaders gave of their time to participate in one or more retreats. Addendum A is a list of all participants. This report consists of abstracts of the four retreats.

    Think Tank Report – 2002-2005

    Creating a Craft Research Fund to Expand Scholarly Research on American Studio Craft, March 2004

    Participants in this two-day retreat followed the recommendation from the March 2003 retreat to replace the goal of creating a scholarly peer-reviewed journal, with a peer reviewed grant program for craft research. the 12 participants formulated the process for a Craft Research Fund. In may 2004, CCCD received support from a foundation, to follow these guidelines, offering up to $100,000 a year for three years in a pilot program.

    Think Tank Report – 2004

    Creating an Inventory of Craft in Museum Collections, Chicago, October, 2003

    Prior to the Chicago 2003 SOFA exhibition, a group of craft leaders met to discuss the creation of an inventory of craft in museum collections. This was a component of one of four initiatives identified during the 2002 North Carolina Summit Retreat on Craft charged with identifying initiatives that will advance craft in academia and the curatorial worlds. Edmund de Waal, Senior Research Fellow, Craft Research Centre, The Surrey Institute of Art & Design, University College and Christine Hennessey, Chief of Art Information Resources, Smithsonian American Art Museum, were invited speakers.

    Think Tank Report – October 2003


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

    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.


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