Start date: 28 April, 2017
End date: 25 November, 2017
Our project is a Lecture & Workshop Series that will run throughout 2017. We will have a total of six practicing instructors and craftspeople who are experts in their field participate. Each instructor’s component in the series will comprise of an evening lecture presentation and a question and answer discussion of the ideas presented (Friday), followed by a one-day hands-on workshop (Saturday). This series will be an opportunity to spread knowledge about craft and how it has influenced our province’s history, as well as a chance to work together as a community to ensure craft is a thriving part of our future. It will also provide the opportunity for the exchange of ideas and learning of a new craft, which will help our mission to build appreciation for and knowledge of traditional skills in our contemporary community.
Nature of the Project Reach
This project will be impactful for the greater St. John’s community, the largest percentage of our province’s population. We will also encourage members of the Craft Council, students of the College of the North Atlantic, practicing craftspeople, as well as the Anna Templeton Centre’s identified audience, who receive our electronic news and participate in our classes and events (around 2400), to attend.
Craft has helped shape the history of Newfoundland and Labrador, it is an integral part of our present, and it is crucial for the sense of pride and identity that we hope to carry into our future. This project will provide our community with both an education in and appreciation of specific traditional skills that are still useful in our present day society. Canada’s 150th birthday is the perfect time to celebrate our relationship with craft and to create recognition of the positive impact traditional craft and practising craftspeople have on our success as a province and country.