ACC Hits the Road
Executive director Chris Amundsen is leading listening sessions with ACC members and other craft enthusiasts in six cities - Philadelphia, Atlanta, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Houston, San Francisco, and Portland, Oregon - to kick off the Council's strategic planning process. Amundsen will use the sessions to deepen the Council's understanding of opportunities and challenges in the craft field and to shape an all-member survey, to be distributed in the first few months of 2011. The goal is to produce a draft of a new, dynamic strategic plan to guide the Council's programs by fall 2011.
To ensure rich conversation, the sessions will be kept small. Members in host cities will receive invitations, along with notice of the questions that will be discussed.
Baltimore and Atlanta Shows
We're in the heart of ACC show season. From February 24 - 27, more than 700 artists will present their work to 25,000 craft lovers at the American Craft Council Show in Baltimore - the largest juried indoor craft show in the nation. A two-day wholesale show February 22 - 23 will precede the retail show; both will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center. For details visit: craftcouncil.org/baltimore.
The American Craft Council Atlanta show, like the show in Baltimore, will include special product categories such as Handmade Under $100, Green Craft, Lawn & Garden, and AltCraft - as well as reduced admission Friday evening. The Atlanta show will take place March 11 - 13 at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Craft enthusiasts are invited to shop ahead of the crowds and meet artists at an evening preview party Thursday, March 10, to jointly benefit the Museum of Design Atlanta and the American Craft Council. For more information, visit craftcouncil.org/atlanta.
Convening at Penland
For three days in late October, more than two dozen craft artists, gallerists, writers, bloggers, curators, craft advocates, retailers, and educators gathered at the Penland School of Crafts for the American Craft Council's second Convening, a follow-up to the Convening in 2009, preceding the ACC's "Creating a New Craft Culture" conference in Minneapolis. Participants at the 2010 event, hosted in partnership with Penland School of Crafts and the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, addressed an overarching question: Why craft now?
Specific discussions included "Our Digital Lives" and "Social and Environmental Responsibility." Join the discussion at http://bit.ly/ddYZRt.
Pamela Diamond is director of marketing and communications for the American Craft Council.