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 2017

Haystack Art Schools Collaborative
September 21-24

74 undergraduate and graduate students attended this three-day conference for art students in degree seeking, academic programs (two schools were unable to attend at the last minute decreasing our numbers slightly over 2016). This is the seventh year we’ve held this program and students attended from 8 schools. These included: Columbia Teachers College, The University of Maine at Orono, SUNY New Paltz, University of the Arts, Rhode Island School of Design, Mass Art, School for American Crafts, Maine College of Art and OCAD University.

The program features a mix of speakers, studio activities, and discussion groups. This years presenters included:

Nancy Blum Independent artist, NYC

Wendy Jacob Independent artist, Cambridge, MA

Borris Bally Independent artist, Providence, RI

PJ Gubatina Policarpio Director of Youth Program, The Jewish Museum of San Francisco

Jenifer Simon Programs Director, the Craft Emergency Relief Fund

Sylvie Rosenthal Artist and board member, the Craft Emergency Relief Fund

This year we had the goal of adding two new schools to the list of participating institutions and we received funding for this program through the Hegner Family Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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