A record of "Creating a New Craft Culture: The 2009 American Craft Council Conference."
The world is in transition – economically, politically, and environmentally – and the changes that are radically transforming how we communicate, what we value, and how we live affect us all. In this transitional moment, the American Craft Council engaged a distinguished group of speakers representing voices from inside and outside the craft field to stimulate your thinking and investigate the inherent tensions between craft as a lifestyle and craft as a livelihood.
This book is a collection of illustrated transcripts from the “Creating a New Craft Culture” conference, with a new introductory essay by the craft scholar Sandra Alfoldy. The conference, which took place October 15-17, 2009 in Minneapolis, MN, featured Richard Sennett, Rob Walker, Garth Clark, Natalie Chanin, and Elissa Auther, among many others.
To learn more and download podcasts of conference sessions, go to: http://www.craftcouncil.org/conference09.
The American Craft Council’s mission is to champion craft. As a national, nonprofit public educational organization founded in 1943 by Aileen Osborn Webb, the Council actively promotes the understanding and appreciation of contemporary American craft through its bimonthly magazine American Craft, annual juried shows presenting artists and their work, leadership conferences, awards for excellence, research library, workshops and seminars.