CraftNOW Making a Difference Symposium

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CraftNOW Making a Difference Symposium

November 2, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

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Each year, CraftNOW hosts a symposium to provide a platform for critical discourse in contemporary craft. A half day of talks and moderated discussions is being planned surrounding the theme Making a Difference and is generously being hosted by The University of the Arts. Presentations will focus on the use of craft and making to promote positive change, social cohesion and meaningful dialogue.

Roberto Lugo will be the keynote speaker presenting Pottery Saved My Life. In Lugo’s words, his experiences as a poor, brown kid from the ghetto of Kensington Philadelphia have provided years of research from which his work as a potter, activist, culture-maker, rapper, poet, and educator. Lugo will share his journey with audiences as evidence that craft and making can ignite change and save lives.

This event is free and open to the public.

An RSVP is required to attend the networking brunch. An RSVP is also recommended for large groups. Please email to make your reservation.
Lecture and Event Schedule
11:00am Networking Brunch – RSVP required to
12:00pm Opening Remarks by CraftNOW
12:15pm Annet Couwenberg and Timothy Veske-McMahon, Craft Education in a Digital Future
1:00pm Merryll Saylan with Curator Glenn Adamson, This is Your Life
1:45pm Sylvia Houghteling, Rina Banerjee, Jodi Throckmorton – Troubling High/Low Art through Craft and Folk Art
2:30pm Coffee and Refreshments
2:45pm Paula Winokur Tribute with Helen Drutt
3:15pm Jennifer Zwilling with Richard Notkin, Ayumi Horie and Syd Carpenter – Activism in Clay
4:00pm Sarah Archer and Glenn Adamson – @unthinkpink
4:45pm Mayoral Proclamation for CraftMONTH
5:00pm Keynote Roberto Lugo – Pottery Saved My Life
6:00pm Closing Cocktail Reception/First Friday in Old City


November 2, 2018
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
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The Gershman Hall Chapel
401 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA United States
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