Craft Forward at California College of the Arts

Craft Forward at California College of the Arts

Craft makers and thinkers will unite April 1-3 for what promises to be a weekend filled with rich discussion about the ethos of craft as the California College of the Arts hosts its Craft Forward symposium.

Mark Breitenberg, the provost of CCA, says the event is "intended to demonstrate the expanded field of craft practices and theory in the 21st century." He explains that Craft Forward originated "from our realization that craft was undergoing a resurgence in the last 10 years or so; not just in the traditional craft disciplines, but in art, design, architecture and even creative writing. I identified that in a variety of ways: growing interest in the unique object in an age of mass production; attention to regional, local craft and design in a global age; focus on materiality and tactility within the context of our larger concern with the environment; and perhaps above all, a greater need for meaning in the objects we use and admire."

Breitenberg adds, "My hope is that the symposium will leverage CCA's long and storied legacy in craft, born from the arts and crafts movement, to shape and define the relevance of craft as a practice and an ethos in this new century."

Glenn Adamson, author of Thinking Through Craft and The Craft Reader, will give Friday night's keynote address. Adamson is the deputy head of research and head of graduate studies at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The rest of the weekend includes lectures and panels on topics such as sensory craft, body craft, identity craft, digital craft, mass craft, material craft, word craft, and resistance craft.

The symposium takes place at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco, with additional events being held at the CCA campuses in Oakland and San Francisco.

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