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Our grant program legitimizes the study and practice of craft by providing resources, fostering craft studies, exhibitions, and conferences.

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It’s the generosity of our supporters that allow the Center for Craft to advance the understanding of craft by encouraging and supporting research, critical dialogue, and professional development in the United States.

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

Updated March 18, 2020

To ensure the safety of our community and to minimize the spread of COVID-19, the Center for Craft will be temporarily closing its building to the public and cancelling or rescheduling all public events beginning March 18, 2020.

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Announcing the Inaugural Craft Research Fund Artist Fellows

January 21, 2020

The Center for Craft is thrilled to announce two inaugural awardees for the 2020 Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship: BA Harrington and Cannupa Hanska Luger.

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The

Center

for

Craft

believes

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the

dreams

and

hard

work

of

makers,

museums,

academics,

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the

local

community

who

keep

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field

of

craft

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you.

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future

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At the Center we believe whole-heartedly in the field of craft and it’s ability grow, change, surprise and inspire humanity through it’s inate ability to build communities. Craft elevates the quality of life and goods in our lives and connects us to an authentic connection and process. The grants and fellowships we offer for makers, for curators, and for scholars, and all our research initiatives support our mission to Build a Future for Craft through Field Building.

In order to increase the value and relevance of craft to society, the Center works to advance the understanding of craft in higher education, museums and cultural institutions, and across disciplines. Field building strategies include convening thought leaders, creating, documenting and disseminating research, and launching innovative leadership initiatives. We provide grants and fellowships to emerging and established craft artists, curators, and scholars in order to build a future for the field of craft.

At the Center we're obsessivly dedicated to keeping space and place for craft—we call it Creative Placekeeping. Every event or community initiative we create such as Craft City, the Broadway Cultural Gateway project, our gallery Exhibitions and more, are meant to make a place for the development of the craft field. It’s all a part of our mission to Build a Future for Craft through Creative Placekeeping.

Recognizing that Asheville and the surrounding area has been a bastion for craft in the United States dating back to the Cherokee, the Center is actively working to preserve and advance the craft legacy of Western North Carolina through the development of our property in downtown Asheville, North Carolina and through a series of exhibitions and community-focused initiatives.

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Exhibition

The Computer Pays Its Debt: Women, Textiles, and Technology, 1965-1985

The Computer Pays Its Debt: Women, Textiles, and Technology, 1965-1985 reevaluates the historic connection between information technology and textiles through the pioneering work of female artists and innovators.

Mar

13

Through

Jun

13

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