The Craft Research Fund advances, expands and supports research about craft in the United States.
· To support innovative research on critical issues in craft theory and history.
· To explore the inter-relationship among craft, art, design and contemporary culture.
· To foster new cross-disciplinary approaches to scholarship in the craft field in the United States.
· To advance investigation of neglected questions on craft history and criticism in the United States.
The Center awards graduating seniors each with $15,000 in the form of a Windgate Fellowship.
The Center partners with museums to offer four Windgate Museum Internships for either graduate or undergraduate students who are aspiring craft curators. Interns work closely with museum staff on a craft collection, exhibition, or research project designed specifically for the internship. Since 2006, the Center has awarded internships to 21 graduate and undergraduate students from 10 museums including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD), 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. CCCD is located in downtown Asheville, NC in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina.