Celebrate Craft Year
What Is Craft Year?
Craft Year is a celebration of contemporary fine craft that takes place every five years. It is a national festival promoting events from all across the country, and an opportunity to create craft events and activities, or simply re-brand your existing programming for Craft Year. This could include exhibitions, workshops, festivals, studio tours and more.
Through the CitizensofCraft.ca platform, we will highlight Canadian craft events at the local, regional, national and international levels in an effort to connect and build community both through, and for, craft.
PAST & FUTURE
With three Craft Years under our belt, the program continues to shift and grow, adapting to new digital realities while maintaining a core focus: to celebrate the handmade. See our reports from Craft Year 2007, Craft Year 2015, and Craft Year 2020 (coming soon), and join us in planning for a whole new future with Craft Year 2025.
Why Craft Year
How Does Craft Year Work?
Craft Year is an ongoing initiative rooted in education, connection, and dialogue about the world of craft. It is a path to forging new connections between craft artists, supporters, and the public at large. An opportunity for everyone to connect with the Citizens of Craft movement, discover craft artists and events across Canada, and celebrate the story of craft.
Craft Year ... Will
1/ Encourage craft artists and arts based organizations to make new connections
2/ Increase craft exploration and investment through new opportunities and public events
3/ Foster craft activity, awareness and recognition in unexpected places!
Collaborate & Connect
Craft Year is intended to be educational and engaging, to share our collective passion for craft. We encourage you to seek out cross-sectoral opportunities for craft to shine. Reach out to new potential partners and build new relationships.
We recommend you reach out to partners working in these areas, to open a conversation about how craft affects us all, in:
Science & Technology
Social & Cultural Communities
Do you have a proposal? An idea for an innovative project? Use Craft Year as a reason to reach out, to open doors, and to start talking about craft’s role in society at large.
Don’t forget - Craft Year can be a
powerful tool to support your activity:
- Highlight special Craft Year partnerships in your funding proposals.
- Reach out to your local government to champion craft based initiatives. Invite government representatives to be a part of your Craft Year events.
- Introduce yourself or your organization to local artist guilds, galleries, and events in your region and beyond.
- Challenge yourself to do something new for yourself, and for others who live, breathe, and make craft!
Become A Council Member
The Citizens of Craft platform is active between Craft Years. Join your local craft council to stay connected, and build a Citizens of Craft profile of your own, today.
Yukon Arts Society
Nunavut Arts & Crafts Association
Craft Council of British Columbia
Alberta Craft Council
Saskatchewan Craft Council
PEI Crafts Council
Conseil des Métiers d'Art du Québec
Craft Council of Newfoundland & Labrador
Craft NB / Métiers d’art NB
Craft Nova Scotia