Next month a couple of very serious craft organizations, Craft Retailers & Artists for Tomorrow (CRAFT) and Craft in America will launch American Craft Week. Slated for Oct 1-10, this week aims to heighten the awareness of craft in America and explain how craft enriches our lives and contributes to our national aesthetic and economy. Anyone can join in the celebration by promoting craft in their local area. The American Craft Week website offers a fun list of ideas that individuals and organizations can do to get involved and help promote craft. The website also lists a schedule of American Craft Week events by state.
The American Craft Week organizers are also partnering with the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC to hold an interactive conference “Crafting a Nation” on October 8 & 9. “Crafting a Nation” will focus on jobs and education by exploring how craft practitioners are a valuable national resource and an integral part of the American economy, running micro businesses, producing products unique to our nation and important to our economic growth in the twenty-first century. The conference welcomes all craft enthusiasts as well as those new to craft. It is free and open to the public. Our director, Jan Davidson will be moderating the panel discussion “Schools, Guilds, and Apprenticeships: How To” on Friday the 8th. More information about the conference can be found here.
We’ll be joining this celebration of glorious craft during our Fall Festival on Oct 2 & 3. The festival features 225 craft vendors, 30 artisans demonstrating craft and mountain life skills, continuous music and dance on 2 stages, lots of delicious handcrafted food, and fun activities for kids. In the next few weeks, we’ll be featuring the Fall Festival here on our blog and on our Facebook page, and who knows, there just might be a chance to win a family pack of tickets to this year’s festival 😉
Keather Gougler is the Marketing & Communications Director at the John C. Campbell Folk School.