Who We Are
We envision a Canadian culture which embraces and values the artistic, economic, contemporary, historical and social significance of craft.
Create connections and champion craft
As a Federation of organizations, the CCF/FCMA works with the Provincial and Territorial Craft Councils and affiliate organizations to unite, enrich, empower and celebrate the professional contemporary craft sector through collaborative action, networking, and community development.
- We unite Canadian professional craft organizations in order to learn, share, collaborate, and strengthen the sector.
- We create and deliver programming and research that informs, engages, empowers, and celebrates the professional craft sector.
- We identify and act on craft-based projects and collaborations that have regional, national, and international impact.
- We actively pursue and develop meaningful relationships with organizations, institutions, and government agencies that are committed to the advancement of the craft sector.
- We advocate for craft from a national perspective.
National craft organizations in Canada date back to 1900, starting with the foundation of the Canadian Guild of Crafts.
In 1974, a number of craft organizations and guilds merged to create the Canadian Crafts Council (CCC). The CCC provided structure and a forum to unify and represent Canadian craftspeople nationally and internationally. Originally, it was intended as an organization of provincial crafts councils, but over the years, membership privileges were extended to other crafts organizations, honorary members, and in 1996, to individual craftspeople.
Funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage, membership fees, contributions, contract revenues and donations from the private sector (principally from the M. Joan Chalmers Cultural Centre Foundation – MJCCCF) supported the CCC’s activities, which focused primarily on the actions of the federal government that interfaced with crafts and craftspeople. As of 1996, federal funding to the CCC was discontinued, as was the support from the MJCCCF. At this point the staff was laid off and the office in Ottawa was closed.
The CCC continued on without an office, staff, or funding through the energetic efforts of a small band of five volunteers who formed a transition board and who kept the CCC alive as a continuing legal entity but without any programming ability.
In May of 1998, representatives of provincial crafts councils met with officers of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and The Canada Council for the Arts in Montreal to debate the future of a national organization for crafts in Canada.
From the discussions and ideas shared at this meeting, it was evident that a crafts organization at the national level was of vital and continuing importance. An organization that would collaborate with all provincial councils was required. An organization that would focus on the representation and international marketing of Canadian crafts, share information from international, national and provincial levels to the Canadian crafts community, and provide a conduit and information link between the community and the federal government.
To accomplish this, the CCC transformed into a national network for crafts to be known as the Canadian Crafts Federation / Fédération canadienne des métiers d’art (CCF/FCMA). The CCC’s charitable tax status was transferred to the CCF/FCMA. Despite challenges with funding and personnel constraints, the new organization attempted to address national issues and to provide a forum for discussion and action on matters of common concern amongst the provinces.
The CCF/FCMA thereby came into being as an organization of national consensus, mutual discussion and decision making.
The first Annual General Meeting of the CCF/FCMA was held by conference call in September 1999, and a slate of officers were elected. A coordinating secretariat rotated as required amongst the ten councils. The Ontario Crafts Council (now known as Craft Ontario) was the first to provide this service.
In partnership with the New Brunswick Crafts Council and The New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, the CCF/FCMA’s head office transferred to Fredericton, New Brunswick, where the headquarters reside to this day.
2017–2020 Strategic Plan
The CCF/FCMA is proud to present our Strategic Plan for 2017–2020. After a year long process of visioning, deliberation, and consultation, our Board of Directors have approved the organizations new and expanded goals, objectives and initiatives. The CCF/FCMA’s three new goals are to “Unite, Support and Inspire”, encouraging connection and exchange among the national craft network, strengthening and empowering the craft sector, and raising the profile of Canadian contemporary fine craft nationally and internationally.
Unite: Encourage connection and exchange among the national craft network
The CCF/FCMA is first and foremost, a federation. Our primary goal is to connect the distinctive professional facets of the Canadian contemporary craft sector, embracing the diverse resources of our membership to form a vibrant national craft network. Through the facilitation of craft-focused gatherings and the distribution of craft-focused information, we create and share opportunities, spark conversation and open doors to strengthen the craft sector.
Support: Strengthen and empower the craft sector
The CCF/FCMA recognizes the great strength of collective craft community action. We provide connections, information and encouragement to the national craft network, ensuring that the craft sector is represented and recognized as a thriving component of Canadian culture.
Inspire: Raise the profile of Canadian contemporary fine craft nationally and internationally
The CCF/FCMA is proud to promote the unique contemporary fine craft sector of our country. Craft is one of the many languages of our culture, a means to celebrate who we are and the values we share. We showcase Canadian craft, elevating its status as a respected art form and increasing recognition of Contemporary fine craft as a reflective, engaging and inspiring contributor to Canadian culture.
Intrigued? Read the Strategic Plan here.
Robert Jekyll Award
The Robert Jekyll Award for Leadership (previously titled The Robert Jekyll President’s Award) celebrates distinguished contributors to the craft sector and is one of the highest markers of exceptional commitment to the development of the craft community in Canada.
The Robert Jekyll Award for Leadership is a prestigious honour, reflecting its namesake. The founding president of the CCF/FCMA, Jekyll helped guide the organization through a time of overwhelming change, leading to the presence we have today. While he is known for over 30 years of remarkable stained glass work, he is also respected as a major force in the creative community at large, advancing the status of Canadian craft across the country. To be a recipient of this award is to be recognized as an invaluable citizen of craft.
Nomination Deadline: To be announced
Robert Jekyll Award Call for Nominations
2006: Robert Jekyll, Ontario & Charles Lewton-Brain, Alberta
2007: Jean Johnson, Ontario
2010: Marilyn Stothers, Manitoba
2012: Simon Wroot, Alberta
2013: Jane Kenyon, British Columbia
2014: Deborah Dumka, British Columbia
2015: Ann Roberts, Ontario
2016: Michael Hosaluk, Saskatchewan
2017: Charlotte Kwon, British Columbia
2018: Anne Manuel, Newfoundland & Tom McFall, Alberta
2020: Dr. Sandra Alfoldy, Nova Scotia & Louise Lemieux Bérubé, Québec
2021: Susan Hanrahan, Nova Scotia
Shortlist: Amy Gogarty, British Columbia & Claire Kusy, Québec
2022: Barbara Heller, British Columbia
Shortlist: Amy Gogarty, British Columbia & Denis Longchamps, Quebec
The video below shares the message of the award and highlights the work of its namesake, Mr. Robert Jekyll. Filmed by Claire Sanford.
Staff & Board of Directors
Dr. Jennifer Wicks
mailing address : P.O. Box 1231, Fredericton, New Brunswick, E3B 5C8
CCF/FCMA Project Manager
CCF/FCMA Craft Content Developer
CCF/FCMA Digital Content Developer
First Vice President
Second Vice President
Regional Representative, British Columbia
Regional Representative, Yukon
Regional Representative, Alberta
Regional Representative, Saskatchewan
Regional Representative, Manitoba
Sherri Van Went
Regional Representative, Ontario
Regional Representative, Nunavut
Janet Pitsiulaaq Brewster
Regional Representative, Quebec
Regional Representative, Prince Edward Island
Regional Representative, New Brunswick
Interim Regional Representative, Nova Scotia
Andrea St. Pierre
Regional Representative, Newfoundland and Labrador
Regional Representative, Northwest Territories