Celebrating 16 Years of Leadership

Executive Director, Maegen Black, departs the CCF/FCMA after 16 years of leadership.

As the leading force behind the Canadian Crafts Federation for well over a decade – we are happy to celebrate the incredible career and contribution of former Executive Director, Maegen Black, as she moves to the next chapter of her profession. 

Maegen joined the CCF/FCMA in 2006 as project manager and since then, the organization has undergone immense transformation and growth under her guidance. The CCF/FCMA has become a collaborative community for Canadian makers with a dedicated team of provincial and territorial Craft Councils, craft institutions, and organizations. Over the last 16 years, Maegen provided a strong and unified voice to advocate on behalf of Craft across Canada. Her skills of listening and making changes with creative solutions to complicated problems has helped the organization to move forward with action to promote equity every step of the way.

“I never would have dreamed I’d be representing Canada at international conferences or hosting the Citizens of Craft podcast, but nothing riles me up like a good debate about the impact of craft on society and the extensive cultural, social and economical benefits it brings to the table.”

Maegen Black, Inquiries with Maegen Black, Studio Magazine
Maegen Black at Collect, London, 2018. Photo: Ayelet Stewart

As she traveled to craft events and conferences around the world, Maegen represented the CCF/FCMA Nationally and Internationally with a mission to support the art of Canadian made craft. From the Cheongju Craft Biennial in South Korea to the Collect Art Fair in London, UK, Maegen continuously saw opportunities and worked passionately towards unprecedented projects and development. Recently taking on leadership as WCCNA President, Maegen reinvigorated the World Crafts Council North America to build close connections with craft partners around the continent. 

Maegen’s passion for Canadian Craft is genuine and contagious. She led innovative projects such as the Citizens of Craft Manifesto, website, and podcast, the Craft Spectrum position paper, connected craft members, partners and stakeholders through national conferences, and recognized the importance of incorporating craft with technology, as demonstrated in the 10 Digit Tech national research and digital transformation project. 
The CCF/FCMA consists of a remote team of staff, volunteers, and program partners.  Without an effective leader during a time of rapid change, the efforts of the CCF/FCMA could have gotten lost in pixels. Please join us in celebrating Meagen Black’s dedicated 16 years of working with and leading the CCF/FCMA. Maegen continues her dedication to Canadian Craft in a new form of leadership as the Associate Dean of the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design supporting emerging makers. Thank you for all of your hard work, Maegen!

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