The Blue Moon
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  VOL. 12  NO. 3

May/June 2005

In This Issue
bullet Kentucky Hosts National Craft Conference
bullet On the National Front
bullet Arts Council News
bullet Craft Marketing News
bullet Arts in Education
bullet Focus on Folklife
bullet Resources and Reports
bullet Quotable Quote
bullet Hot Dates

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CODA Conference 2005

(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.)

The Craft Organization Development Association (CODA) Presents Building Communities: Partnerships in Craft
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 or contact Linda Van Trump at or (870) 746-4396.