HHaystack has taken a leadership role in examining the role of craft in our society. Haystack began the invitational symposia in 2002. The goal is to address issues related to the hand and craft making within a broader context of other disciplines. Past symposia have included Digital Dialogues: Technology and the Hand (2002), in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab, Craft and Design: Hand, Mind, and the Creative Process (2004), in collaboration with the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Craft and Community: Sustaining Place (2006), Creating in Maine: Makers, Manufacturers, and Materials (2006 – 2009), and Cultural Summit: A Gathering of Maine’s Art Leaders (2010- ).

The symposiums are intimate in scale—there are approximately sixty-five participants, including presenters.

Fall 2016

Eighty undergraduate and graduate students from ten art schools in the Northeast and Canada, attended the sixth annual Haystack Art Schools Collaborative, September 22–25. This three-day conference for art students in degree seeking, academic programs features a mix of speakers, studio activities, and discussion groups.

Participating schools included Columbia Teachers College, The University of Maine at Orono, SUNY New Paltz, University of the Arts, Rhode Island School of Design, Syracuse University, Massachusetts College of Art, Marlboro College, School for American Crafts, and the Ontario College of Art and Design.

Presenters for the program included Anna Hepler, independent artist, Maine; Mike Andrews, artist and Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Sharron Loude, independent artist and Author, New York City; Roberto Lugo, artist and Professor, Marlboro College, Vermont; and Sheetal Prajapati, Assistant Director, Learning and Artists Initiatives, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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