Placemaking 2018

Are you interested in the CCF/FCMA’s 2018 Annual  National Conference, Placemaking: The Unique Connection Between Craft, Community + Tourism? Get a sneak peek of this years’ conference itinerary and start making plans today!

From Wednesday, October 10th to Monday, October 15th, 2018, join us in beautiful Nova Scotia for this wonderful gathering of craft sector leaders from around the country. With three distinct sections in Cape Breton, Halifax and Lunenburg, you will experience three sessions of tours, panels, lectures, and networking, with a dose of East Coast charm.

This conference explores the question: What does craft look like in relation to community and tourism? In order to create a craft identity, artists and organizations are engaging and experimenting within culture and community in an effort to attract and retain tourist audiences. Placemaking will highlight the role of contemporary craft culture in strengthening and encouraging community development. By exploring the positive impact of craft practice on both physical and virtual communities, we’ll share information on craft’s role in enhancing the sense of belonging, understanding, and appreciation of community members, leading to happier, healthier, more positive social interactions.

Join us in Nova Scotia, where you’ll encounter five days packed with educational experiences and networking opportunities with people from all over Canada!

What to expect:

  • Pre-Conference Bus Tour: October 10th – 12th
    Launching from Halifax, with stops in Port Hawkesbury, Sydney, Louisbourg, St Anne’s Bay & Baddeck, including:

    • Customs House Craft Incubator
    • Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design Tour
    • Celtic Colours Concerts
    • Louisbourg National Historic Site Tour
    • Artist Studios
    • The Royal Gaelic College
  • The Halifax Sessions: October 12th & 13th
    • Keynote Speaker : Ursula Johnson, Indigenous Placemaking
    • Halifax Feature Speaker: Jenna Stanton, Craft and Creative Placemaking
    • Panel Discussions:
      • Artist & Gallery Panel: Creating Space
      • Educational Impact: The Ripple Effect of Craft Schools
    • “3 minutes of Fame” rapid-fire presentations from craft organizations across Canada
    • Gallery and shop visitations
    • The Craft Social celebrating the 2018 Robert Jekyll Award for Leadership in Craft
    • A tour of Nocturne, Halifax’s all-night city-wide culture crawl.
  • The Lunenburg Sessions – October 14th & 15th
    • Lunenburg Feature Speaker: Senator Patricia Bovey, National Placemaking in Canada
    • Panel Discussions:
      • Contemporary Craft Practice: Thinking Big in a Small Place
      • Community Practices: Leveraging the Allure of Craft
    • Guided Local Studio/Gallery Walking Tour & evening social
    • On October 15th: CCF/FCMA Board & Member Meetings


Watch for more information and our registration launch coming in early August.