The CCF/FCMA acts as the voice of craft in national and international arenas of advocacy and promotion. Working collectively with our partners – the provincial and territorial craft councils – we also run programming which benefits the entire Canadian Craft Community.
Craft Year 2020
Craft Year is a special project led by the CCF/FCMA in partnership with all of the Provincial and Territorial Crafts Councils and our Affiliate Members across the nation. A year-long festival of contemporary fine craft, Craft Year promotes events from all over the country. It is a platform to highlight Canadian craft activity at the local, regional, national and international levels.
How do we do it? By encouraging craft activity in and outside the sector, encouraging artists and arts organizations to push themselves to do something new. That major project you’ve been dreaming of? Make it happen. A personal craft challenge? Take it on! Always wanted to bring craft to a new audience? Make new connections! Reach out to the healthcare, education, business, social and cultural communities in your region to see where you could partner to highlight craft. Challenge yourself – and each other – and celebrate the vast field of craft in all its forms. Then, tell us all about it!
The CCF/FCMA will track and promote craft events and activities including exhibitions, festivals, fairs, studio tours, fundraisers, book launches, publications, seminars, conferences, symposiums, educational programming, public events and more. If fine craft is a part of the plan? Then we want to know about it. Watch for more information on how to submit your craft project for inclusion in the listings and in the meantime – get creative!
In the first installation of Craft Year in 2007, we thought we might reach 50 to 100 events across the country throughout the year. By years end, 712 events had been registered, deeming Craft Year 2007 an international blockbuster hit. In 2015, the second installment of Craft Year reached 884 events – an increase of 19.5%. Find out more about what events took place and where, as well as the online Craft Year experience, in our Craft Year 2015 infographic here.
For Craft Year 2020, we’re aiming for an even bigger and better celebration of craft, but we can’t do it without you! This is a wonderful opportunity to create special craft related events and activities specifically for Craft Year (or to brand your already-planned events and activities as Craft year 2020 special events).
Want to start promoting your organization’s events even BEFORE 2020? Visit citizensofcraft.ca, create a profile for your organization, and publish your Craft Year 2020 event to our craft directory. If you are a member of a Provincial or Territorial Craft Council, create an artist profile to get your work on the site today.
What are you doing for Craft Year 2020?
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Citizens of Craft
A nationally collaborative project, citizensofcraft.ca is a marketing campaign intended to help every craft based artist, organization, association, educational institution, or otherwise, to reclaim the word ‘craft’, and to bolster its recognition in society. Declare yourselves as #citizensofcraft TODAY, and join us as we work together towards an expansion of the public’s understanding and appreciation for craft. Immense credit must be given to Craft Ontario, who spearheaded the endeavor and continues to lead the project on behalf of all the Craft Councils to make Citizens of Craft a reality.
This series, hosted by Canadian Crafts Federation Director, Maegen Black, brings together the voices of craft artists, curators, educators and collectors who speak off the cuff about craft practice and its role in their lives.
These guest speakers are, truly, the “Citizens of Craft”. They are masters in their own right, chasing techniques that have been in use for thousands of years, or exploring new technologies that have just begun to push the boundaries of art. They appreciate and create objects with meaning, history, and purpose – rejecting the mass manufactured lifestyle of our time to capture something more authentic.”
Each episode addresses one of the ten manifesto statements from the Citizens of Craft movement. Join us as we animate the story of craft through the values we hold dear. This project is made possible through extensive partnership with voicEd Radio, and the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
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Craft Year 2007 & 2015
Craft Year was a special project led by the CCF/FCMA in partnership with all of the Provincial and Territorial Crafts Councils across the nation. A year long festival of contemporary fine craft, Both Craft Years (in 2015 and 2007) included event listings from all over the country. It was a platform to promote Canadian craft activity at the local, regional, national and international levels. Events and activities included in the listings were exhibitions, festivals, fairs, studio tours, fundraisers, book launches, publications, seminars, conferences, symposiums, educational programming, family events and many more.
In the first installation of Craft Year in 2007, the estimated number of events ranged from 50-100 across the country all throughout the year. By years end, 712 events had been registered in the festival, deeming Craft Year 2007 an international blockbuster hit. The second installment of this national celebration, Craft Year 2015 reached 884 events – an increase of 19.5%. Find out more about what events took place and where, as well as the online Craft Year experience, in our Craft Year 2015 infographic here.
CCF/FCMA Conferences & Symposiums
Each year since 2001, the CCF/FCMA has hosted an annual national gathering, drawing craft professionals from organizations and associations together to discuss issues of national interest and importance. Events have taken place in Ottawa (2001 & 2012), Montreal (2007), Toronto (2008), Fredericton (2009), Winnipeg (2010), Iqaluit (2011), Vancouver (2013), Charlottetown (2014), Quebec City (2015), Calgary (2016), and Burlington (2017). Next up: we head to Nova Scotia. For more information see here.
Cheongju International Craft Biennale
Canada was the official guest country of the 2009 Cheongju International Craft Biennale, the largest fine craft based event in the world. The CCF/FCMA organized and executed Canadian programming throughout the 40 day event, including an exhibition of 206 pieces by 212 Canadian craft artists (titled: Unity & Diversity), a Canadian Marketplace of retail-oriented craft objects, and a series of educational and cultural activities relating to Canadian craft activity including lectures, demonstrations, workshops and performances by Canadian craftspeople and academics. In the lead up to the 2009 exhibition, the CCF/FCMA worked with the Alberta Craft Council and the Craft Council of British Columbia to exhibit a preview exhibition at the 2007 Cheonju Biennale, welcomed leaders from the Biennale staff on a cross-Canada arts exploration tour. Following the 2009 events, we also hosted the ‘Art of Craft’ exhibition, containing three contemporary fine craft shows at the Museum of Vancouver during the 2010 Winter Olympics, including a condensed exhibit of ‘Unity & Diversity’, a BC & Yukon exhibit titled ‘By Hand’ and a Korean exhibition titled ‘Moments in Between’. Over 10,000 visitors attended these exhibitions. In 2013, CCF/FCMA Director, Maegen Black, was invited to return to the 2013 Cheongju International Craft Biennale to present a lecture about Canadian contemporary fine craft. Canadians have continually been featured in the Biennale since the original CCF/FCMA collaborations began in 2007.
Fine Craft Maker and Consumer Survey
Fine Craft Maker and Consumer Survey
The world has gone digital. Where does that leave craft? The Canadian Crafts Federation plans to find out.
You can help guide digital research and strategies for the national craft sector.
What is the Fine Craft Maker and Consumer Survey?
As a part of our “10 Digit Technology” Strategy Research, the CCF/FCMA has developed two surveys for Fine Craft Makers Survey and Consumers. The survey’s goals are to collect information about the craft making/buying/selling experience from as many craft artists and craft consumers as possible.
The responses to these surveys will help us make informed decisions to better support Craft Councils and makers across Canada. We want to identify areas where we can assist Craft Councils and craft artists across the country to take effective steps towards improving craft access in the digital sphere.
Share the Surveys
Everyone is encouraged to share beyond their usual connections. We aim to break the “craft echo chamber” and connect with folks in and outside of existing craft memberships. You can help by sharing the surveys!