THE PROJECT We are craft artists, educators, and students. As we engage with learning institutions and observe the greater crafts community, it becomes evident that we are often failing to facilitate robust, constructive, direct dialogue about social issues in our primary and higher education classrooms. To fill this deficit and help facilitate these critical dialogues, we are working to compile a database of contemporary craft artists, educators, curators, writers, texts and other resources addressing challenging content such as race, class, privilege, gender, and sexuality. OUR GOAL To compile a comprehensive collection of resources for artists, educators, and students interested in craft as activism or social practice. Our hope is to advance student’s and educator’s abilities to promote critical thinking, open discourse, and encourage exposure to different and conflicting lines of thinking around divisive social topics in their classroom. OUR HOPES FOR THE FUTURE With the help of members of the craft community, we hope to create new resources to guide substantive social justice conversations in the classroom. These original resources will include lesson plans, virtual exhibitions, bibliographies, exhibition guides, essays, and opinion pieces.
If you are interested in the project or think that you may want to contribute, please visit our website at: www.craftandactivism.com