"Present Tense: 2019"

"Present Tense: 2019"

A national conversation on craft in an increasingly complex present

Start date

Thursday, October 10, 2019, 8:30am

End date

Saturday, October 12, 2019, 5:30pm


Loews Philadelphia Hotel

1200 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
United States

The American Craft Council hosts a national conversation on craft’s relevance as a powerful catalyst for navigating and making meaning in an increasingly complex present.

As an organization committed to connecting and galvanizing diverse craft communities, the American Craft Council invites artists, thought leaders, craft practitioners, curators, civic leaders, writers, critics, media makers, social activists, and all kinds to explore, challenge, and celebrate craft’s impact in American life today.  

Together, we invite you to mine the generative spirit on which the American Craft Council was founded, as we identify and confront the potentials in contemporary American life, affirm the necessity and power of making things by hand, and build a healthier craft ecosystem for moving forward.

Our collective conversations over the three days will guide subsequent retreats and programs, begin penning solutions, and collaboratively set a national stage for ways to take action and record our progress. 

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