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Keynote Address on Film

Did you miss out on the CCF/FCMA’s Cultivating Craft conference this past October? Did you love the conference and wish you could revisit it? Thanks to the support of the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD) and Calgary’s Rozsa Foundation, you can now view the opening night of the conference online. (Available in English only.)

We are pleased to share this portion of Cultivating Craft, including the Keynote Speaker address. The video features a half hour presentation by keynote speaker, Shannon Stratton (ACAD Alumni and the William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York), as well as opening remarks from CCF/FCMA President Gilles Latour, ACAD President Dr. Daniel Doz, and a Blessing from Elder Paul Daniels.

Stratton’s presentation delves deep into the meaning and influence of craft in contemporary practice, fueled by her own personal and curatorial experience working in the field. (Her talk begins at 13:10 in the clip.)

“It is not the shape we make specifically, but the way we nudge that shape into being. It’s the care taken in making ideas sensible, visible & understandable. It is taking that care and making those ideas come to fruition that are the lessons I took from craft” – Shannon Stratton

We hope you will enjoy this thought provoking material, and that it encourages you to attend future CCF/FCMA conferences, including our next event in September 2017. Watch this site for more information coming soon.