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Craft Contemporary is an art museum whose purpose is to reveal the potential of craft to educate, captivate, provoke, and empower.
We achieve this mission by exhibiting contemporary art made from craft media and processes, offering creative opportunities for making, supporting craft artists, and creating opportunities to connect on a deeper level with art, each other and ourselves.
Craft Contemporary presents approximately six artistically diverse and socially relevant exhibitions per year featuring excellent artistic and curatorial talent. Our exhibits give voice to emerging and local artists, as well as an international roster of craft-inspired makers. Craft Contemporary has been supporting craft in Los Angeles for over 40 years and now reaches over 36,000 visitors per year with its dynamic mix of exhibitions and programming. The museum activates its presence on Wilshire Boulevard by using the expansive front windows as exhibition space and by presenting courtyard installations through a partnership with architecture and design non-profit Materials and Applications. Craft Contemporary offers free admission every Sunday to remove economic barriers to arts engagement. We also provide a unique hand-on experience to our audience by offering approximately 90 art-making workshops and public programs each year. Since 2017, Craft Contemporary has introduced a ceramics initiative that includes public workshops, group exhibitions, and an annual artists' marketplace featuring ceramics. Ongoing education programs include Craftnights, Family CraftLab drop-in workshops, school tour programs, a teen afterschool program as well as art talks and studio visits. Upcoming solo exhibitions include Guatamalean artist Diana de Solaris, textile artists Diedrick Brackens and glass artist Kazuki Takizawa.
Regional: Los Angeles
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Cultural Equity and Inclusion Statement for the Craft Contemporary
Cultural equity plays an essential role in shaping the future of Craft Contemporary. Founded as the Craft & Folk Art Museum, a nonprofit museum and welcoming cultural space in 1973 by founder Edith Wyle, Craft Contemporary has been committed to the celebrating cultural diversity since its inception via exhibitions, its historic Festival of the Masks and education programs centered around global cultures as expressed through handmade forms. To maintain the museum’s relevancy, the staff and board of trustees have renamed the museum Craft Contemporary. Equity and inclusion include but are not limited to people of color, women, veterans, all religious affiliations, people with disabilities and LGBTQ artists and visitors.
As an organization we believe:
- Acknowledging that the arts replicate many of the inequities of our broader culture, we can make a difference by including the historically underrepresented and underserved as artists, teachers and participants.
- Equal access to a full, vibrant creative life is essential to a healthy, democratic society, and an inspired art environment.
- To study, understand and concentrate on structural inequities and barriers as a root cause of inequity.
- To exhibit racially and ethnically diverse, emerging and mid-career artists not shown in larger institutions due to lack of gallery representation with attention to gender equity.
- To maintain our current staff diversity which includes people of color and LGBTQ members.
- To increase representation of non-white, LGBTQ and female trustees on our board.
- To engage an expanded and diverse audience though programs based on process, materials, and making.
- To build cultural consciousness and increase equitable practices associated with our staff, trustees, artists and audiences.
To hold ourselves accountable to maintaining an equitable institution on an ongoing basis.
Board Approved October 2018
Arts and Culture
5814 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Craft Contemporary Trustees have a legal and ethical responsibility to ensure that the organization does the best work possible in pursuit of its goals. Trustees believe in the purpose and the mission of the organization and act responsibly and prudently as its stewards. Trustees interpret the organization’s work and values to the community, represent the organization, and act as a spokespersons. They interpret our constituencies’ needs and values to the organization, speak out for their interests, and on their behalf, hold the organization accountable.
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New Craft Contemporary trustees are invited to participate in annual board giving via a tiered giving plan. First year trustees are encouraged to give what they can, pledging to make Craft Contemporary one of the top annual gifts during their second year on the board. Board expectations are that by year three of the term, trustees can meet the full board dues obligation by giving or fundraising $7500.
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