Center for Craft 25th anniversary logo in red
Center for Craft 25th anniversary logo in red

Virtual Symposium
July 22 - 24, 2021, 12pm - 6pm ET

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Research takes care. It requires work, and builds connections best when shared.  

Research can take a variety of forms: writing, working in archives, dialogue, making things, and examining things that have been made. We believe research, when expansive, culturally sensitive, and collaborative, is a process for tending to craft.

The format for this gathering is a research experiment, and proposes a key question: 

What work can we do together that we could not do alone?

With the purchase of your Craft Ways 2021 ticket, you get to:

Participate in three days of live programming, workshops, and discussion groups

Participate in three days of live programming, workshops, and discussion groups

Access recordings of select symposium programs and pre-recorded content through the end of December 2021

Access recordings of select symposium programs and pre-recorded content through the end of December 2021

Submit your research through an open call to showcase your work in a “lightning round” presentation

Submit your research through an open call to showcase your work in a “lightning round” presentation

Propose sessions around shared interests in scheduled “Birds of a Feather” programs

Propose sessions around shared interests in scheduled “Birds of a Feather” programs

Customize your profile in the Craft Ways directory and connect with other participants

Customize your profile in the Craft Ways directory and connect with other participants

Unwind with fellow attendees in evening social events

Unwind with fellow attendees in evening social events

To keep the conversations in our virtual symposium environment as intimate as possible, we are limiting this event to a maximum of 300 audience members.

For inquiries, reach out to craftways@centerforcraft.org

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Through a series of sessions designed around listening, making, and discussing, this gathering is a place to share research tools, work-in-progress, and to think critically with people you may know - and those who you will get to know.

Over the course of three days, we will build, connect, experiment, and question how research tends to the study of craft. Participants will engage and reflect both on and off-line. Session formats vary from presentations followed by small, hosted group discussions to collective making workshops; from individual off-line experiences to short, fast-paced introductions to people and projects. Participants can shape the conversation, too, through breakout sessions on topics of their choosing.

Craft Ways 2021: Tending to Craft aims to disrupt hierarchies and change craft histories. By shifting research towards collaboration and collectivity, we can learn from —  and with —  each other. 

We envision this gathering as a springboard to explore the possibilities of collaborative research — with outcomes unknown. If you are ready for this open-ended and collective consideration of what it means to tend to craft research, this gathering is for you.

Featuring programs with:

Andres Payan Estrada Headshot

Andres Payan Estrada

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Julie Hollenbach

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Lisa Jarrett

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JeeYeun Lee

Amy Meissner Headshot

Amy Meissner

Tiffany Momon Headshot

Tiffany Momon

Heather Powers Headshot

Heather Powers

Namita Gupta Wiggers Headshot

Namita Gupta Wiggers

Additional participants to be announced soon!

How to Submit a Proposal for the Symposium

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Birds of a Feather

Want to propose sessions about your interests? During the symposium, Birds of a Feather sessions will be organized around topics suggested by you and fellow attendees with the aim of sparking new possibilities for connection, expanding the conversation, and learning with each other.

To submit a topic you are passionate about for a “Birds of a Feather” session, submit a form below by July 1st.

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Lighting Round

We want to know: What are YOU working on? In this open call, we welcome experimental or collaborative projects and presentation formats that creatively approach craft and research, and that capture your work and your thinking most vividly. Most importantly — how does your research tend to craft?

In a lightning round format, ten participants will be selected to share 5-minute presentations followed by a Q+A.Participants will need to attend a short tech check session before presenting, and all selected presenters will receive complimentary symposium admission or an equivalent honorarium.

To submit your "Lightning Round" proposal, submit a form below by July 1st.

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Participants will be notified by July 12 if their project has been selected.

About the Partnership

Craft Ways 2021 is co-presented by the Center for Craft and the MA in Critical Craft Studies program at Warren Wilson College. As program partners, this gathering exemplifies the type of generative collaboration that builds intergenerational networks to recognize and support future craft practice, research, and scholarship.

The Center for Craft is the leading national nonprofit working to advance the understanding of craft. Located in Asheville, NC, the Center for Craft offers quality arts programming and exhibitions free to the public, in addition to a nationally recognized grant program that serves artists, curators, and scholars throughout the United States.

Warren Wilson College, a private four-year liberal arts college in the Swannanoa Valley, North Carolina, provides a distinctive undergraduate and graduate education that combines academics, work, and service. Warren Wilson College’s Masters in Critical Craft Studies is the first and only low-residency graduate program in craft history and theory.

Special thanks go to the Windgate Foundation for their support in making this event possible.

We thank our Organizing Group team for their dedication to caring for this symposium, including: Juliana Rowen Barton, Lola Clairmont, Lexie Harvey, Heather Powers, Jessie Shires, Namita Gupta Wiggers, and Marilyn Zapf.

Additional thanks to the Working Group whose vision informed the fabric of this gathering, including: Julie Hollenbach, Lisa Jarrett, PJ Gubatina Policarpio, Jen Delos Reyes, and Emily Zilber.  

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