Corey Pemberton and Annie Evelyn met at Penland School of Craft. After some lengthy and heated conversations about the lack of diversity in the fields of craft, art, and design, they founded Crafting the Future. An organization for everyone that wants to see more representation of artists in these fields.
Crafting the Future was created because the field of craft in the United States does not reflect the full spectrum of people. Corey and Annie note that as groups of artists go unrepresented, an inaccurate and incomplete story is being told, sold, and preserved- and everyone loses. Crafting the Future works together and combines resources to support the careers of young, underrepresented artists by connecting them to opportunities that will help them thrive. Crafting the Future has existing participants across the country and partnering organizations in Louisiana (YAYA), Kentucky (STEAM Exchange), North Carolina (Penland School of Craft), and Maine (Haystack Mountain School of Crafts).
Crafting the Future emphasizes that we have power as a community when we all work together. They partner with youth art organizations to nominate people who would thrive in Crafting the Future opportunities and band together artists and communities to do this hard, good work.
Tune in to find out how you can get involved and help with Crafting the Future and learn how you can make a difference in your very own community.
Let’s expand and join the conversation. Your work is important in this fight. Keep going, Makers.
Photo: Corey Pemberton
Photo: Annie Evelyn
Crafting the Future Website: https://www.craftingthefuture.org
Crafting the Future Instagram: @crafting_the_future
Corey Pemberton Website: http://coreypemberton.com
Corey Pemberton Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/instantglassic/
Annie Evelyn Website: http://annieevelyn.com
Penland School of Craft: https://penland.org
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