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Craft for a Greater Good

Our Mission:

Craft for a Greater Good (CGG) is an initia­tive which aims to connect with and serve the commu­ni­ties in which we hold our annual confer­ences, through rele­vant and mean­ing­ful commu­nity part­ner­ships and the creation of impact­ful projects. The Furni­ture Society will engage and collab­o­rate with commu­ni­ties through the process of creative problem solving, furni­ture making, and posi­tion­ing craft as a crit­i­cal tool of empow­er­ment and univer­sal connec­tion. CGG will exem­plify what our field has to offer and to broaden engage­ment with our members. This will help iden­tify a need within the diverse commu­nity we visit and live in, so that people can see them­selves repre­sented in both the work and conver­sa­tion of contem­po­rary craft and making. Through multi­ple and expanded perspec­tives, CGG will support the creation of collab­o­ra­tive work with lasting social benefit, and effect­ing posi­tive and equi­table community change.

2019 Craft For A Greater Good — Milwaukee, WI

In conjunc­tion with the FS19 Ground­work confer­ence, The Furni­ture Society 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 used unique and surpris­ing mate­ri­als to construct benches designed by Madison, Wiscon­sin artist, Tom Loeser, for the Victory Over Violence park.