The Craft Forward Symposium 2011 is sponsored by the California College of the Arts from April 1 to 3. I've been hearing about this upcoming symposium for over a year through a whispering "telephone game" in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Symposium is almost on my home turf. (Actually, it is an hour away from my house.) I plan to attend and gobble up every word. I don't want to miss a minute!
The Symposium will also feature an exhibition titled, Manufractured. This show is a new iteration related to the book of the same name (which includes a whole chapter about my work). The premise of the exhibition is that all the work uses re-purposed manufactured materials. (More in a future post.)
The lead-up to the Craft Forward symposium and the exhibition Manufractured are good examples for every artist and maker.
1) The importance of keeping your radar up for opportunities. You've got to be listening to the rumors, working with your local arts organizations, and reading your magazines to catch the opportunities. (see the bottom of this post for another opportunity.)
While the list of speakers makes this a really interesting EVENT (YES, EVENT with capital letters), it doesn't seem that it was very well-publicized. Why?
2) Every artist and maker will benefit from the nuggets of information from the speakers of Craft Forward. I plan to write something about every "session" so that everyone can benefit from this symposium.
Subscribe to ASK Harriete or check back regularly. This is our chance to hear what the leading lecturers, curators, and writers have to say about the future of our respective and collective media.
Every post will be as brief as possible. I will try to organize each blog post:
- Title of lecture with session speaker(s)
- What did I learn?
- What were the thought-provoking issues raised?
- What questions were Asked and Answered?
- Background about the speakers.
"Craft Forward examines the multifaceted practices that both distinguish and blur the historically charged boundaries." "The symposium brings together a diverse group of makers and thinkers to explore the ethos of craft and its resurgence in the 21st century."
This blog post is your early notice. Stay tuned for daily blogs for about two weeks until each and every lecture, presentation, event, and discussion is covered.
Below is information from the Craft Forward website about who is sponsoring the symposium:
"Generous support for the Craft Forward symposium is provided by an anonymous donor and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Additional support is provided by Grants for the Arts / San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund and by the Chalsty Aesthetics and Philosophy Initiative, made possible by a grant from the Chalsty Foundation. Special thanks to the American Craft Council for their partnership in the realization of the symposium."