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American Craft Forum: Innovation in the Face of Adversity Part 3

American Craft Forum: Innovation in the Face of Adversity Part 3

April 17, 2020, 2 p.m. CDT / 3 p.m. EDT

Start date

Friday, April 17, 2020, 9:00am

End date

Friday, April 17, 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 3: Education Disruptions and Opportunities

April 17, 2020, 2 p.m. CDT / 3 p.m. EDT

Our series continues by turning to the impacts COVID-19 has had on the education field. From residencies to education centers to higher education, the way we learn, teach, and educate has been turned on its head. We close our first round of the American Craft Forum by hearing from the education field – students, educators, and administrators – about new directions the field is turning to and what we’ve learned from this most recent disruption.


Program Outline:

What just happened, what vulnerabilities have we exposed, and what solutions (including baking cookies at home) do we need to figure out as educational stewards?

Guest: Paul Sacaridiz, executive director of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts @paulsacaridiz
Moderated Q&A: How else can we take care of one another, ourselves, and our community during this time?


How have our higher education systems been innovating, and how are they planning to move forward?

Guest: Leslie Boyd, founding member of JV Collective and creator of Making Progress, Resources for Social Justice in Craft @lesliedylanboyd
Moderated Q&A: What cracks in inequity has the current crisis exposed?


What are students, the futures of the field, thinking about? What challenges lie ahead and what opportunities are emerging?

Guest: Hadassah Dowuona, Ghanaian-American textile and graphic designer and 2020 BFA candidate from MICA
Moderated Q&A: For what other needs should we be focused on getting relief?


Live music performance to celebrate our first American Craft Forum series together

Guest: Emma G, artist, singer/songwriter, and activist saving the world one song at a time through music about connection, storytelling, empowerment, and strength @emmagmusic



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