Craft for a Greater Good
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.
This years Craft for a Greater Good will be held at STEAM studios — on the campus of UNC Asheville. Brent Skidmore and his talented team will help educate local youth and teach them to create furniture for BeLoved Asheville, an organization that helps build micro homes for those in need.
Stay tuned for more details of how you can get involved!
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.