This Month in American Craft Council History: November 2012

This Month in American Craft Council History: November 2012

American Craft Council building, SoHo

American Craft Council, 72 Spring Street, New York City, 1990-2010

Each month we take a peek through the American Craft Council archives and recount significant events that occurred during our 70-year history. Here are some ACC events of note that occurred in the month of November:

November 1941
The Handcraft Cooperative League of America, located at America House, publishes the first issue of an untitled magazine and sends it to all of the craftsman consignors at America House. The HCLA invites suggestions for a name for this mimeographed sheet, and Craft Horizons is born. The name of the publication changed to American Craft in 1979.

November 5–6, 1960
“Quality in Crafts Production” was the theme of the ACC's first South Central Regional Conference at Witte Memorial Museum in San Antonio, Texas. There was a welcome by Amy Lee, greetings from ACC national headquarters by ACC President David Campbell, and a keynote address by Professor Donald B. Goodall on the problem of quality in the crafts. The main topic of the regional meeting was the adoption of the regional plan. The Council sponsored six regional conferences across the U.S. as a first step in organizing this plan. Six regional assemblies were later formed across the country, and various conferences, workshops, and exhibitions were occasionally held by the volunteer assemblies through the late 1970s.

November 1984
The World Crafts Council announced the impending move of its offices to Copenhagen, Denmark, after 20 years of being based at the ACC headquarters. Now, the WCC headquarters moves to the home country of its president, who is elected to a four-year term. The outgoing president, Usha Krishna of India, recently presided over Kaivalam, the 17th General Assembly of the WCC, which was held last month in Chennai, India.

November 1990
The American Craft Museum was established as an independent organization with a 24-member board of governors. The ACC provided the museum free use of its property on 53rd Street for five years and a share in membership dues. The ACC trustees named Dan Keith Ray president and Lois Moran and Carol Sedestrom Ross were senior vice presidents. This was possible as the ACC headquarters were relocated to a loft in New York City’s SoHo arts district that provided a threefold expansion for the ACC Library.

This Month in ACC History" takes a look at events from the American Craft Council's 70-year history that shaped not only the organization but also the contemporary craft movement in America.