Craft Forward-ing: Conversations on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Craft Forward-ing: Conversations on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

California College of the Arts (CCA)

Futurefarmers, Shoemaker’s Dialogues, 2011. Installation view; Guggenheim, New York.
February 5, 2013
Craft Forward-ing: Conversations on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

A Making Meaning in the Marketplace Symposium
Saturday, March 2, 2013, 10:30–5pm

California College of the Arts
San Francisco campus, Timken Lecture Hall
1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco CA 94107-2247
Free and open to the public

For more info and to register:

California College of the Arts is pleased to host Craft Forward-ing: Conversations on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a one-day symposium on Saturday, March 2, organized in collaboration with the American Craft Council. Three to four speakers will present their work around the topics of creative entrepreneurship, working in multiple worlds (from the gallery to social engagement to the marketplace), and how craft processes can feed diverse and sustainable practices.

Confirmed speakers include
Tanya Aguiñiga of Aguiñiga Design
Amy Franceschini and Michael Swaine of Futurefarmers
Brigitte Martin of Crafthaus

The program is part of the American Craft Council’s Making Meaning in the Marketplace Program, a series of symposia focusing on the next generation of craft artists and their burgeoning influence on the larger culture and art market. Each year the ACC partners with some of the nation’s leading schools in craft media to co-create programming that addresses students’ interests and considers the myriad ways they might contribute to the future of craft.

CCA is excited to be selected again to contribute to this dynamic series. We previously partnered with the ACC to present an evening event in fall 2008 titled Craft and the Next Generation of Thought. Also, in 2011 CCA presented an international symposium titled Craft Forward, and Craft Forward-ing is conceived as an extension of the conversations that began at that conference. All of these programs demonstrate CCA’s ongoing commitment to furthering contemporary craft dialogues.

Craft Forward-ing is free and open to the public, but capacity is limited. For event updates and to register to attend, please visit

The American Craft Council is a national, nonprofit educational organization founded in 1943 by Aileen Osborn Webb. The mission of the Council is to promote understanding and appreciation of contemporary craft.

About California College of the Arts
Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) offers 21 undergraduate and 11 graduate programs in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design, and writing. The college offers BFA, MFA, BArch, MArch, MBA, MAAD, and MAUDL degrees. It has campuses in San Francisco and Oakland, and currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students. CCA students are encouraged to work in an interdisciplinary manner, undertaking projects and collaborations with students in other majors and engaging with outside communities.

Noted alumni include the artists Nathan Oliveira, Jules de Balincourt, Robert Arneson, Robert Bechtle, Viola Frey, and Peter Voulkos; the Oscar-winning filmmaker Audrey Marrs; the illustrator Tomie de Paola; the conceptual artists Harrell Fletcher, David Ireland, and Dennis Oppenheim; and the designers Lucille Tenazas, Michael Vanderbyl, and Gary Hutton. For more information about CCA, visit

California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco CA 94107-2247
T 415 703 9500

*Image above: Futurefarmers, Shoemaker’s Dialogues, 2011. Installation view; Guggenheim, New York. Shoemaker’s Dialogues was a nine-day “urban thinkery” centered on a shoemaker’s atelier, incorporating public programs and a performance. The atelier was an open interpretation of Simon the Shoemaker’s fifth-century Athens studio in which Socrates allegedly had extensive philosophical discussions with Simon and local youth.

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