The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design began hosting a two-day convene in 2002 with the charge to identify and prioritize initiatives that will advance craft in academia and the curatorial worlds. Leaders come together to discuss topics at the intersection of craft and higher education, research, and museum practice. Previous participants have included museum directors, curators, university faculty, scholars, editors, critics and artists with diverse media expertise. The discussions have informed the programs offered by the Center and have nurtured relationships across the various disciplines where craft is learned, researched, and/or shared with the public. Think Tanks have also inspired initiatives such as Makers, the first comprehensive survey of contemporary craft in the United States, the Journal of Modern Craft, and the Craft Research Fund Program.
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.
CCCD and WWC’s 2016 Craft Think Tank was supported, in part, by a grant from the John & Robyn Horn Foundation.
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.