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The

Center

for

Craft

believes

in

the

dreams

and

hard

work

of

makers,

museums,

academics,

and

the

local

community

who

keep

the

field

of

craft

alive

we

serve

you.

We

are

building

a

future

for

craft

through

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

Suite Américaine

Suite Américaine is a solo exhibition by artist and material culture scholar, BA Harrington, which inflects historical American furniture forms with a contemporary feminist imagination. Developed with support from the Center or Craft’s Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship, Harrington uses Colonial and Early American gender-specific furniture forms to demonstrate the revolutionary potential of furniture to actualize the creative agency of women.

Jun

24

Through

Nov

26

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