The annual Project Threadways Symposium brings together scholars, activists, makers, and thinkers to present research, share stories, and encourage dialogue about history, community, and power—all through the lens of fashion and textiles. Presentations, dinners, exhibitions, and workshops create a multi-day experience in Florence, Alabama, centered on material culture and making.
In 2024, the theme is The Future. On April 19-20, 2024, participants will gather at The Factory and virtually to imagine a better way for textile manufacturing. Presenters will consider the balance between art and business, connect heritage and healing, preserve craft and community, and look to the past to chart a more sustainable future. Presenters include:
Carla Fernández, fashion designer
Cassidy Zachary and April Calahan, Dressed: The History of Fashion podcast
Kim Kelly and Joeann Pettway West, Freedom Quilting Bee Legacy
Rebecca Burgess, Fibershed
Sherhonda Allen, Project Threadways oral historian
…and more to be announced.
Natalie Chanin of Project Threadways will also hold a Zero Waste workshop for in-person attendees.
This event offers in-person and virtual experiences. There will also be a special dinner event, with a guest chef and more details to be announced soon. If you would like to be added to the waiting list for dinner tickets, please contact email@example.com.
More information and registration here.
CERF+ has an emergency relief fund for craft artists (woodworkers, ceramicists, fiber arts, glass artists, etc.). If you hear of any craft artists that have been affected by these storms, please encourage them to apply here.
For other artists, below are a few resources that we hope you find useful.
· CERF+’s Get Help page has links to relief from agencies, arts organizations, and other resources.
· Entertainment Community Fund’s Social Services and Emergency Financial Assistance – provides temporary financial assistance to those with documented financial need due to unforeseen circumstances.
· Entertainment Community Fund’s Artists Health Insurance Resource Center – Useful healthcare resources including information about how to negotiate with hospitals to lower your medical bills.
· NYFA Emergency Resources is a centralized source of information for artists in the United States and its territories.
· MusiCares – financial and addiction recovery assistance for music industry professionals
· Sweet Relief Musicians Fund – provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians and music industry workers who are struggling to make ends meet while facing physical or mental health issues, disability, or age-related problems.
- Cultural institutions and arts organizations affected by the flooding can call the National Heritage Responders hotline: 202.661.8068. The National Heritage Responders, a team of trained conservators and collections care professionals administered by the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation, are available 24/7 to provide advice and guidance.
- Members of the public who have questions about saving family heirlooms can email the National Heritage Responders at NHRpublichelpline@culturalheritage.org.
- HENTF’s Save Your Family Treasures guidance is available at Save Your Family Treasures | FEMA.gov. Here you can find the downloadable FEMA fact sheets “After the Flood: Advice for Salvaging Damaged Family Treasures” and “Salvaging Water-Damaged Family Valuables and Heirlooms,” available in multiple languages.
Emerging Artists Cohort
Applications for the 2024 Emerging Artists Cohort Open February 1!
American Craft Council’s Emerging Artists Cohort is a three-month program that cultivates the next steps for independent craft artists to advance their professional practices. The program will support 11 innovative artists early in their careers who expand craft boundaries and challenge us to new perspectives.
Through facilitated workshops, presentations, coaching, and conversations, participating artists will gain a deeper understanding of the professional skills and opportunities that will help them thrive in their chosen craft careers. Participating artists will connect with established industry leaders from various craft sectors including gallerists, curators, marketplace artists, exhibiting artists, social practice artists, designers, and more. After the three-month program is complete, all participating artists will receive an accelerator grant to help propel them to the next level of their profession, as well as receive ongoing support and peer connections through monthly meetings and an online communication platform via Slack.
APPLICATIONS OPEN FEBRUARY 1, 2024
For more information, visit https://www.craftcouncil.org/emerging-artists-program/2024
Artist Get Ready Grants
CERF+’s Get Ready program provides individual craft artists grants up to $500 to conduct activities that will help safeguard their studios, protect their careers and prepare for emergencies. Artists are encouraged to use the Risk Assessment activity to generate ideas.
Priority will be given to applications from people who identify in the global majority or as Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC)* and folk and traditional artists.
* Language use is a key element of access, equity, and inclusion work, and can help or hinder efforts in this area. We are currently using the term “people of the global majority” and Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) to describe individuals from prioritized communities. We recognize that neither term is universally used nor accepted but they are the most commonly used terms in our work. We encourage you to familiarize yourself and utilize the terms that your community members use to describe themselves.
Applications will open on October 10th and the deadline to apply is on October 31st, 2023.
Learn more at https://cerfplus.org/get-ready/get-ready-grants
The Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+) serves craft artists across the United States and territories by providing education programs, advocacy, network building, and emergency relief.
Applications for the Decorative Arts Trust’s Dean F. Failey Grants for research, exhibition, publication, and object-based conservation projects are due October 31, 2023.
The Decorative Arts Trust underwrites grants in support of noteworthy research, exhibition, publication, and object-based conservation projects through the Dean F. Failey Fund, named in honor of the Trust’s late Governor. Areas of interest include new scholarship in decorative arts, material culture, craftsmanship, and historic preservation.
Deadlines and Details
Grants for up to $15,000 are awarded on an annual basis. Organizations wishing to apply for consideration must submit a letter of inquiry by October 31 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Grant funds will be available as early as the subsequent January 1. The letter must describe the nature of the project and its impact on the field, and include CV’s for the project’s leaders as well as a budget and timeline. Preference will be given to projects that employ or are led by young professionals in the museum field. The Trust also aims to support colleagues and projects that represent the full diversity of our field.
Learn more at decorativeartstrust.org/failey-grant.
IDEAL INTERNSHIP GRANTS
The Trust offers grants to museums and historic sites in support of internships that improve and promote inclusivity, diversity, equity, access, and leadership (IDEAL) in the museum field. The Trust seeks to fund summer and academic-year internships beginning in the summer or fall of 2024 for high school and undergraduate students. Internships should focus on the decorative arts and object-based research, exhibitions, installations, and educational programs. IDEAL Internship Grants can be up to $5,000.
Application Deadline: August 31, 2023
CURATORIAL INTERNSHIP GRANTS
The Trust underwrites curatorial internships for recent Masters or PhD graduates in partnership with museums and historical societies. These internships allow host organizations to hire a deserving young professional who will learn about the responsibilities and duties common to the curatorial field while working alongside a talented mentor. The goal is to provide mutually beneficial opportunities that will nurture the next generation of museum curators while providing essential staffing for the host. For this grant cycle, the Trust is offering a two-year grant with $45,000 available per year for the intern’s salary.
Application Deadline: September 30, 2023
DEAN F. FAILEY GRANTS
Dean F. Failey Grants support noteworthy research, exhibition, publication, and object-based conservation projects that present new scholarship on the decorative arts, craftsmanship, and historic preservation. Preference is given to projects that employ or are led by young professionals in the museum field, and the Trust aims to support colleagues and projects that represent the full diversity of the field. The Trust will award up to $25,000 during the upcoming cycle. The funding is typically divided among multiple recipients, with grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000.
Application Deadline: October 31, 2023
Open March 1 – March 31, 2023
We are trying something new at Fiber Art Now! For the first time ever, we are going to exhibit art that exclusively focuses on using paper as a medium. We are looking forward to seeing your submissions, which may include (but are not limited to) book arts, cut, sculpted, woven, and otherwise manipulated paper that demonstrates ingenuity.
Call for Entry Details
Beginning March 1, we are inviting artists to submit their 2D or 3D artwork in paper for this juried exhibition, and selections will be featured in the Summer 2023 issue of Fiber Art Now! Please note that artwork submitted to Paper Made must be made primarily from paper, paper products, or created using a paper-making process.
The Furniture Society is thrilled to offer scholarships through partnerships with Anderson Ranch, Arrowmont, Haystack, John C. Campbell Folk School, and Peters Valley.
The goal of these partnerships is to promote excellence in the furniture field through professional development and supporting projects of an educational nature.
The five partnerships are supported through the Educational Grants arm of The Furniture Society and provide unique educational opportunities open exclusively to currently enrolled members of The Furniture Society. Each FS grant is designed to highlight an opportunity particular and unique to the partnering institution.
Deadline to apply is February 5, 2023. For more information, visit furnsoc.org/events/grants/educational-grants/2023-educational-grants
The Center for Craft’s “2023 Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship Grant” was created to encourage, expand and support scholarly craft research in the United States. Awards of $10,000 will be granted to five artists to support research projects that advance, expand, and support the creation of new research and knowledge through craft practice.
Proposals are welcome from mid-career artists, artisans, designers, makers, sculptures, and so on, who identify their practice within the field of craft. The Center, and by extension this grant, recognizes craft to be a particular approach to making with a strong connection to materials, skill, and process. We believe in empowering artists, makers, scholars, and curators to grow the field, embracing new definitions, technologies, and ideas while honoring craft’s history and relationship to the handmade. Craft, in all its forms, demonstrates creativity, ingenuity, and practical intelligence. It contributes to the economic and social wellbeing of communities, connects us to our cultural histories, and is integral to building a sustainable future.
Applicants must be:
- 21 years of age or older
- Eligible to receive taxable income in the U.S.
- Residing and working in the U.S. for the last two years and for the duration of the Fellowship period
- Mid-career: Artist must self-identify as mid-career
Application deadline is 10/21/22. For more information, visit centerforcraft.org/grants-and-fellowships/craft-research-fund-artist-fellowship
Cranbrook Academy of Art is now accepting applications for the Head of Department/Artist-in-Residence (faculty) in Fiber. Applications received by November 1, 2022, will be given priority consideration.
This position requires a forward-facing vision for the Department that embraces a broad range of perspectives, from traditional forms of production in art, craft, and design to social practice and community-based projects.
For more information, visit cranbrookart.edu/employment-opportunities.