On October 28, Georgia Brehm, director of the Black River Academy Museum (BRAM) and Anita Alic, BRAM trustee, attended a very exciting meeting where the Vermont Crafts Council revealed their plans for "State of Craft", an ambitious program for 2010.
The theme of this program is to tie the thread of historical crafts in Vermont to the present day crafts. The cultural, social and historic craft movement in Vermont during the 1960's was a catalyst for an ongoing craft movement in the state, which has been supported by Vermont through the years.
A number of museums, cultural heritage organizations and craft organizations were invited to this meeting. It was learned that Bennington Museum will be opening a major exhibit of the studio craft movement in Vermont in the 1960's on May 17, 2010, and the exhibit will follow this movement's influence on the present "State of Craft".
The attendees, from all over the state, were invited and encouraged to create local "showcases" exploring the historical craft movements and their relationship to today's crafts in their area.
Participants were exhorted to use their imagination, creating a one-day event, a weekend event, an ongoing exhibit or whatever. However, to be part of the "State of Craft" showcase program, the Crafts Council will need to approve submitted proposals. The Vermont Crafts Council will work closely with the state Dept. of Tourism and Marketing and those organizations, with approved proposals, will be promoted in the tourism campaign.
The Crafts Council is responsible for creating the very popular Open Studio Days weekend, which encompasses all of Vermont. Their hope is that there will be "showcase" exhibits/events throughout the state in 2010 reflecting the theme of "State of Craft".
Brehm and Alic are very excited about preparing a proposal so that the BRAM can be a part of this wonderful initiative.