Craft Nova Scotia
Craft Nova Scotia (formerly the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council, NSDCC) was formed in 1973 by a group of craftspeople who recognized the need for a provincial organization to support and develop the quality craft movement. Through markets, exhibitions and other activities, the NSDCC promotes the work of its members locally, nationally and internationally. Today the NSDCC represents close to 300 individual artisans and craft enthusiasts, and up to 1,000 others through various member groups and guilds. Throughout its history, the NSDCC has played an active role in promoting craft in the province and building the craft community into the thriving economic and cultural force it is today.
Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design
As a strong sector association and non-profit charitable organization, Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design (the Centre), has been serving the needs of the Cape Breton Island craft sector and the public since 1972. The Centre’s mandate is to promote excellence in craft and design, both professional and recreational, through education and training. The Centre’s role as an integral and leading force within the craft sector on Cape Breton Island is essentially educational, promotional and developmental.
The Centre offers a variety of educational opportunities in both contemporary and traditional craft, while promoting and marketing Cape Breton craft through exhibitions, special events and craft tourism campaigns. The Centre also operates a permanent, year-round storefront Gallery and Gallery Shop representing over 90 Cape Breton artists in the Sydney Waterfront District.
Craft Council of Newfoundland & Labrador
The Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador advances excellence in craft for the cultural and economic benefit of the province and for the individual well-being and prosperity of professional craft makers. The Craft Council provides stable and innovative programming that builds upon a wealth of experience, while anticipating new opportunities and changing directions. Formed in 1972, the Craft Council supports and promotes a high standard of excellence in craft production and in service to members and the general public.
Anna Templeton Centre for Craft, Art & Design
A craft & art school dedicated to nurturing the future producers and consumers of fine craft and art, the Anna Templeton Centre for Craft Art & Design offers a wide range of adult evening classes, weekend workshops and a young artist program. Classes vary from introductory level to more advanced, for either general interest for the practicing craftsperson. Anna Templeton Centre is also home to Textiles: Craft and Apparel Design, a two-year College of the North Atlantic diploma program.
Craft NB (formerly the New Brunswick Crafts Council) is a non-profit organization promoting excellence in crafts, maintaining standards of craftsmanship, and developing markets for fine crafts in New Brunswick. Our diverse membership includes juried and non-juried craftspeople, gallery and retail owners, businesses, artists, artisans and individuals. The NBCC Mission is to provide opportunities and support to our members by developing, promoting and fostering an appreciation of excellence in fine craft.
New Brunswick College of Craft & Design
The New Brunswick College of Craft and Design is unique in Canada, a post-secondary educational institution with a singular focus on fine craft and applied design. Located in downtown Fredericton, a designated Cultural Capital of Canada, the College is close to bookstores and boutiques, café and art galleries, making it an ideal learning environment for students of the visual arts.
Building on a 70-year heritage of excellence, studio-based programs feature recently renewed curriculum, full- and part-time learning options, award-winning instructors, and fully-equipped studios and labs. Students are provided with the skills and knowledge they need to build successful careers, including self-employment and art education.
Prince Edward Island Crafts Council
Prince Edward Island has long been celebrated for its strong sense of place. Historically, Islanders have been a self-sufficient people who respect and appreciate the traditions of the past. The Prince Edward Island Crafts Council was formed in 1965 to represent the handcraft sector on the Island, and was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1975.
The mission of the PEI Crafts Council is to promote the making and acceptance of quality handcrafted items through the provision of programs and services; to encourage and assist those who are creating and producing Prince Edward Island’s future heirlooms. PEICC invites you to help fill an increasing demand for quality, Island-made, hand-crafted products; to keep informed about activities in the craft sector and to become part of a growing community of dedicated craftspeople.
Artisan PEI was born as a project under the umbrella of the PEI Crafts Council in preparation for Craft Year 2007. The original goals were to invite the world to Prince Edward Island to celebrate “Craft Year 2007” and engaging visitors to explore existing professional craft artisan studios and to increase tourism by marketing the craft artisan experience.
The project developed a bilingual website, print and promotional materials. A calendar was also created to enhance the “story” of the artisan studio through scheduled public demonstrations and workshops. In partnership with the Canadian Tourism Commission, selected Artisan PEI members had juried products go to the Northern Lights Awards for Excellence in Travel Journalism, as part of the Canada Media Marketplace in New York. In 2008 the Artisan PEI Project continued to build on the successes of 2007 and focused more on Hands-On Experiential Learning Opportunities as a PEI Tourism product for visitors to truly experience the artisan studio environment.
Shared marketing and promotional tools were purchased such as; digital frames and “OPEN” Artisan flags and also a professional development day was organized to increase awareness within the group of each members capabilities and products.
In 2009 the Artisan PEI Steering Committee will now focus their efforts beyond the Craft Year 2007 mandate. The group now has new objectives and 5 year plan in development. Artisan PEI wants to encourage and inspire the next generation of viable artist owned businesses through mentoring and knowledge sharing with current and experienced Island Craftspeople, through developed partnerships with reputable businesses, financial and educational institutions. Artisan PEI has a bright future!
Board of Directors
- Lori Burke, Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design
- Susan Hanrahan, Craft Nova Scotia
- Alison Murphy, Craft NB
- Deborah Wybou, New Brunswick College of Craft & Design
- Julia Purcell, Artisans PEI Network
- Lily Reaman, PEI Crafts Council
- Rowena House, Craft Council of Newfoundland & Labrador
- Beverly Barbour, Anna Templeton Centre for Craft, Art & Design
- Nova Scotia Communities, Culture & Heritage
- New Brunswick Tourism, Heritage and Culture
- Innovation PEI
- Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism, Culture, Industry & Innovation