The Blue Moon is published bi-monthly by the Kentucky Arts
Council, a state agency in the Commerce Cabinet. Please send comments, questions
and information to the Blue Moon, Kentucky Arts Council, Old Capitol Annex,
300 West Broadway, Frankfort, KY 40601-1980 or call 502-564-3757, toll free
(Hosted by the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program, a division of the Kentucky
Arts Council, the Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea, and the Kentucky
School of Craft; sponsored by the Appalachian Regional Commission,
the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program, The Crafts Report, Berea College,
Hazard Technical and Community College, and Brown-Forman; and with
special assistance from the cities of Berea and Hindman, the Berea
Arts Council, and the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen.)
June 2-5, Berea and Hindman
The Craft Organization Development Association (CODA) has been working
for almost 20 years to assist the nation's craft organizations with development
and operation and to foster the public's awareness of craft as a natural
resource. The association's first meeting was held in 1986 in Oakland,
California. Originally called the Craft Organization Directors Association,
CODA was established to provide a network of informational support for
people in the country who ran serious craft organizations. At the meeting
held in Louisville in 1989, members felt strongly enough about CODA to
establish an annual conference. The following year, the meeting was held
at Haystack School of Craft in Deer Isle, Maine, and the group focused
on preparing for the nationwide 1993 Year of the American Craft celebration.
Busy years followed. In 1998, CODA met in Boston and launched The CODA
Survey: The Impact of Crafts on the National Economy. It was the first
time that an economic impact study of craftspeople had been undertaken,
and it has had ongoing ramifications. In 2001, CODA hired its first national
director, and in 2003, as a result of a strategic planning process by
CODA leaders, the name was changed to the Craft Organization Development
Association to better reflect its broader appeal and influence. This
represented a real turning point for the organization, from a loosely
formed group with common interests to a serious organization with clear
direction and purpose.
"Since its inception as an association, CODA has positioned itself to
become a dynamic force in moving forward those issues most directly affecting
the arts professional. CODA is devoted to the development of the professional
and to aid the service they provide their constituents, primarily the
craftsperson. We believe you will find these same character traits in
Kentucky's art network and the 2005 conference. New projects in Kentucky
have successfully influenced the status of the craftsperson and the work
they produce," said Tim Glotzbach.
The Kentucky School of Craft
The Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea
The return to Kentucky as the conference venue offers the group a special opportunity to reflect on its accomplishments and future course. The state of Kentucky brings unique qualifications as the 2005 CODA conference host. Kentucky's public and private craft programming has been recognized nationally and has been used as a model for other states. Several new projects implemented in Kentucky over the past few years, including the Kentucky School of Craft, the Appalachian Artisan Center, and the Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea, have built on past successes and promoted further collaboration. Kentucky has also shown a long-term commitment to CODA and its work to develop craft organizations. Fran Redmon, the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program's director, has been an active member of CODA since 1989 and is this year's conference chair. Tim Glotzbach, dean and founding director of the Kentucky School of Craft, and Victoria Faoro, executive director of the Kentucky Artisan Center, are the conference cochairs.
"This is an exciting time to bring the conference back to Kentucky.
Kentucky has a lot to offer to CODA for their annual conference and also
to the Appalachian region of the country. We believe that this and the
connection the conference makes to asset-based economies are two of the
primary reasons for the support being given the conference by the Appalachian
Regional Commission. As a founding member of CODA, I am particularly
proud to be hosting the conference in Kentucky again," said Fran Redmon.
Mission Statement: The Craft Organization
Development Association serves organizations with education and professional
development to foster public appreciation and understanding of craft.
Conference activities will take place in Berea and on the campus of Berea
College and in Hindman at the Kentucky School of Craft and on the campus of
the Knott County branch of Hazard Community and Technical College. Conference attendees will enjoy a variety
of regional fare, craft demonstrations, and performances by local talent. The
keynote address, "America at a Cultural Crossroads: Creativity, Craft, and Community in the 21st Century," will be presented by Robert Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. Daily seminars and workshops include "Community Development: Crafts Work for Communities," "Tourism: What Tourists Need from You," and "The Business of Art: New Issues Affecting Today's Working Artisan." Peer
group discussions, presentations, a silent auction, and self-guided tours will
be included in the programming.
For more information, visit www.codacraft.org or contact Linda Van Trump at firstname.lastname@example.org or (870) 746-4396.