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American Craft Forum: Innovation in the Face of Adversity Part 2

American Craft Forum: Innovation in the Face of Adversity Part 2

April 10, 2020, 2 p.m. CDT / 3 p.m. EDT

Start date

Friday, April 10, 2020, 9:00am

End date

Friday, April 10, 2020, 10:15am

American Craft Forum presents Innovation in the Face of Adversity

We may be in the house, but it’s time we think outside the box. This FREE three-part online series is meant to be an inspiring, refreshing, pragmatic, and safe conversation space. We'll explore innovations in our craft communities in the face of adversities and challenges during the COVID-19 outbreak. We want to hear from you about ways artists, writers, and organizations are creating unique solutions in a time of crisis.

Produced and presented in collaboration with American Craft Council, Americans for the Arts, CERF+, Springboard for the Arts, and the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG).

Part 2: Understanding the Impact and Pursuing Relief

April 10, 2020, 2 p.m. CDT / 3 p.m. EDT

The nation's arts and culture industry is experiencing devastating economic losses with closed venues and cancelled performances, exhibitions, and events as a result of the pandemic. With the passing of the $2 trillion emergency stimulus package that includes important provisions supporting the arts sector and creative workforce, there is still a lot to sort out for independent artists, entrepreneurs, and organization leaders. This series of online forums continues with this session devoted to helping you navigate what all this means for the craft sector and practical advice for pursuing relief.


Program Outline:

What are we finding and why is this work important?

Guest: Ruby Lopez Harper, Mexican, mother, wife, dancer, photographer, poet and social justice warrior. Ruby is also the Senior Director of Local Arts Advancement for Americans for the Arts @americans4arts
Moderated Q&A: What other studies should we be staying focussed on?


How has the craft field specifically been impacted and what sources of relief are out there – for artists, for businesses, for organizations?

Guest: Carrie Cleveland, artists advocate and assistant extraordinaire and education and outreach coordinator at CERF+ The Artists Safety Net @cerfplus
Moderated Q&A: What other needs should we be focussed on getting relief for?


How can we take care of one another, ourselves and our community?

Guest: Carl Atiya Swanson, manager of Springboard for the Arts’ Creative Exchange program, a national platform sharing stories of artists with impact and toolkits for change @springboardarts
Moderated Q&A: How else can we take care of one another, ourselves, our community during this time?



Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith, SNAG executive director @snagmetalsmith

Lauren Baker is a UK-based doctoral researcher exploring the role of support organizations in the development of craft career pathways. @doctorlozzo


Opening remarks

Sarah Schultz, American Craft Council executive director @craftcouncil

Cornelia Carey, CERF+ executive director @cerfplus

Laura Zabel, Springboard for the Arts executive director @springboardarts