Craft for a Greater Good

In conjunction with FS 19, The Furniture Society will be building a bench for the city of Milwaukee's Victory over Violence park! Join in on the fun of creating this bench, designed by Award of Distinction recipient Tom Loeser, at any point during the conference. It's a chance to get hands-on in the shop with friends, and all for a greater good.

The Furniture Society has partnered with two local organizations: HOME GR/OWN an initiative working to transform neighborhoods in Milwaukee, and the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) Teen Internship Program, connecting teens with practicing artists to address issues important to their community. During the span of the conference, attendees will use unique and surprising materials to construct benches designed by Madison, Wisconsin artist, Tom Loeser, for the Victory Over Violence park. Along with Heather McCalla and Heath Matysek-Snyder, local Milwaukee artist Christopher Brooks will help facilitate the construction of the project during the conference. Work begun during the conference will continue to be worked on by teens in the MAM program, completing the bench build-out and developing engaging signage describing the process and impact this project has on the park. The benches will be installed in time for the Bronzeville week celebrations in early August (3rd-10th).

See the details in the FS 19 conference pages