Crafting Resilience is a virtual program series exploring how craft can cultivate strength and sustainability in individuals, spaces, and communities in the face of adverse conditions. Bringing together interdisciplinary and intersectional voices, the programs will animate dialogue and reflections on collective memory, healing, and social justice in the study and practice of craft.View schedule
In a moment when global, national, and local forms of political turmoil, public health crisis, and human suffering have collided as never before, these discussions and presentations can help us consider how to craft resilience in challenging times.
The programs range in scale and content, engaging artists, thinkers, activists, and educators in workshops, roundtable, and participatory conversations informed by craft histories with an eye towards building resilient futures.
Aaron McIntosh, To Grow Fiercely from Poor Soil: Monument Invasion (Robert E. Lee Monument), 2018. Photo by John Dean. Courtesy of the artist.
Public Health and Collective Memory
March 11, 2021
Moderator: Dr. Ameena Batada, UNC Asheville
Shantae Robinson working in Celia Lesh’s “Chairs Reimagined” workshop. Courtesy of Celia Lesh.
Education and Community Engagement
April 8, 2021
Moderator: Andres Payan Estrada, Craft Contemporary
Speakers: Tanya Aguiñiga, Artist; Celia Lesh, NIAD Center; Cristina Tufiño, Artist
Roberto Lugo, All Hail Stacey Abrams, 2021. Courtesy of the artist.
Activism and Overcoming Obstacles
April 20, 2021
Speakers: Roberto Lugo, Ceramic Artist; Michelle Millar Fisher, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Crafting Resilience is organized by the Center for Craft in partnership with the University of North Carolina Asheville. Since 2015, the Center and UNC Asheville have collaborated to provide opportunities for students, faculty, and the Asheville community to engage with craft. The resulting initiatives, including the STEAM Studio, Craft Think Tank: Craft in a Makerspace Setting, and the John Cram Partner Gallery exhibition programming among others, are an ongoing product of the partnership and were made possible through the generous support of the Windgate Foundation.