Wednesday, May 13, 2009

ACC Conference in Minneapolis - Join the Force!

Are you interested in the issues and debates circulating in the craft world? Would you like to meet different people from every corner of the craft community and share ideas? Looking for some craft-flavored inspiration, stimulation, and motivation?

Then book your tickets for Minneapolis and join the hundreds of makers, educators, curators, writers, dealers, and enthusiasts convening for the American Craft Council's conference this October!

Creating a New Craft Culture will take place October 15-17 at the Radisson Plaza Hotel Minneapolis.

Speakers include:

- Richard Sennett (The Craftsman)
- Faythe Levine (Handmade Nation)
- Garth Clark (recent lecture titled How Envy Killed the Crafts Movement)
- Namita Wiggers (curator at Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, OR)
- Natalie “Alabama” Chanin (designer, community activist)
- Sonya Clark (artist, chair of Materials program at VCU)
- Maria Thomas (CEO of Etsy)
- Rob Walker (Buying In and the New York Times article "Handmade 2.0")

Oh, and yours truly!

The full roster of speakers, panel topics, and the schedule (including tours) are all on the conference website.

I attended (and blogged about) the last ACC conference held October 2006 in Houston, and it was an amazing, thought-provoking, and fulfilling experience. I wouldn't miss this Fall's conference for the world!

Register before June 30 and the fee is only $350 ($150 for students). (You'll also be entered into a drawing for a free night's stay!) Fee includes all conference talks, lunches and snacks, and the closing night party. Day passes are also available. Rate goes up to $500 after 6/30.

Scholarships are available -- apply by June 1!

Rooms at the Radisson are $159/night for conference-goers.

Click here for all the details.

Hope to see you in Minneapolis!!

Posted and images by Amy Shaw for Greenjeans.
All images taken at 2006 conference:
1: Participants in the anime conference going on next door illustrated for all of us the power and possibilities of craft!
2: The crowd.
3: Andy Brayman, Alleghany Meadows, and Sam Harvey.
4: Dennis Stevens and Kiwon Wang.

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