Each selected project will be paired with a UNC Asheville MPH student who will use methods they are learning in their coursework to co-explore and measure community vitality impacts of each artist’s project. The collected information will be shared with the Center for Craft community, craft professionals and centers, and those interested in craft and community vitality around the country.
Craft has the power to promote individual and community vitality. Making, experiencing, and learning about craft contributes to social, emotional, mental, physical, economic, and environmental well-being. There is an opportunity to better understand how craft acts as an indicator of and pathway to bring people together, build community, and foster a healthy, resilient future.
Amplify the many relationships between craft and community vitality in Western North Carolina.
Catalyze healthy, supportive communities by expanding and strengthening diverse craft networks.
Build and maintain reciprocal relationships among regional craft ecosystems including makers, collectors, enthusiasts and knowledge bearers.
Applicants must be:
Applicants can not be:
A selection panel of artists, community members, and Center for Craft staff will review each application and evaluate the applications based on the following criteria:
People who are Black, Indigenous, Native, People of Color, LGBTQIA2+, and/or people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The Center for Craft is committed to ensuring that all individuals, craftspeople, and communities are continually recognized and part of the conversation as we craft an equitable future together. We will ask the selection committee to compose a group of recipients whose projects compose a socioeconomically, racially/ethnically, experientially, and regionally diverse cohort of craft artists and organizations. Applying does not constitute a promise or guarantee of being awarded a grant.
HOW TO APPLY
Letter of Interest:
Deadline for Letter of Interest: July 24, 2023
Submit a Letter of Interest (LOI) to firstname.lastname@example.org including the following (no more than 500 words):
All letters of interest will be reviewed by a selection committee and Center for Craft staff. The selection committee will select a group of finalists for interviews based on the above considerations. Interviews will take place between August 28-31, 2023.
The e-mail address listed on the application form will be used to send out notifications. Please be sure that it is a valid account that you check regularly.
If I receive funding, will I have to pay taxes on my award?
Yes, all cash prizes are taxable income. Please consult a tax expert for tax advice.
My project is already underway. Am I eligible to apply?
Yes, we encourage applications for projects that are already underway as well as new and burgeoning approaches, as well as projects that are ongoing.
What counties are part of Western North Carolina?
Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania and Yancey and including the Qualla Boundary.
May I mail a hard copy of my application materials to the Center for Craft?
All submissions must be digitally emailed to email@example.com.
If submitting a digital application is not possible please call Anna at the Center for Craft (828) 785-1357 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss alternatives.
Can organizations or collectives apply?
Yes, however if you are applying as a collective you must designate one individual or entity to receive the funds.
I have received funding from the Center for Craft in the past, am I eligible to apply?
Yes, as long as you are not currently in a fellowship or grant cycle with the Center for Craft you are welcome to apply.
Can you tell me more about the research portion of this grants program?
If you have questions about the research portion, please contact Dr. Ameena Batada, UNC Asheville, at email@example.com. She will be happy to answer any questions.
What is Craft?
The Center for Craft defines craft as a particular approach to making with a strong connection to materials, skill, and process. Artists, makers, scholars, and curators continue to grow the field, embracing new definitions, technologies, and ideas while honoring craft's history and relationship to the handmade.
Craft, in all its forms, demonstrates creativity, ingenuity, and practical intelligence. It contributes to the economic and social wellbeing of communities, connects us to our cultural histories, and is integral to building a sustainable future.
What is Community Vitality?
Community vitality is evident when individuals and groups feel connected, supported, inspired and cared for. Making, experiencing, and learning about craft contributes to social, emotional, mental, physical, economic, and environmental well-being and can be an indicator of and pathway to bring people together, build community, and foster a healthy, resilient future.
I have a question that wasn’t answered. How can I reach the Center for Craft?
If you have any further questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Center for Craft
The Center for Craft is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit in Asheville, NC whose mission is to resource, catalyze, and amplify how and why craft matters. We advance access to and understanding of craft through national grantmaking in support of makers, teaching artists, and researchers, as well as through our free, public galleries which educate our audiences about the materials, processes, and skills that define craft. The Center has become a vital community resource, in 2022 serving an audience of 18K+ across our multifaceted program offerings, which include grant programs, exhibits, lectures, workshops, community and national partnerships, and other in-person and virtual programs.
About Dr. Ameena Batada
Ameena Batada, Dr.P.H., is a professor of health and wellness and co-director of the place-based UNC Asheville-UNC Gillings Master of Public Health program. Dr. Batada engages in community-driven research to evaluate health programs, conduct research for policy advocacy, implement intervention studies, and better understand connections between the arts and wellbeing of individuals and communities.
About UNC Asheville–UNC Gillings Master of Public Health
The UNC Asheville-UNC Gillings Master of Public Health (MPH) is an MPH degree program offered jointly by both UNC Asheville and the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health on the campus of the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) in Asheville, N.C. The concentration in Place-Based Health centers people and their communities as the catalyst for transforming systems to promote wellbeing for all. The joint MPH program features small cohorts of up to 24 students, case and community-based activities, and instruction by interdisciplinary faculty and community practitioners who bring real-world experience to the classroom.
To Ayumi Horie who through conversations with the Center for Craft planted the seed for the Craft Archive Fellowship, helped with grant development and generously contributed funding to make this program possible! Read more in our interview with Ayumi here.
Trey Adcock ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ, Cherokee Nation; Professor, Director of American Indian & Indigenous Studies; International Studies, Executive Director of the Center for Native Health
alexandria monque ravenel, founder of Noir Collective, and Managing & Equity Director YMI Cultural Center
Jamie Karolich, Craft Your Commerce Program Manager and printmaker.