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2004 Newsletter
The 2004 CODA Conference hosted by the Louisiana Artworks a project of the Arts Council of New Orleans was a big success with 22 states and Canada being represented.  A welcoming reception was hosted by Thomas Mann Design Studio and Gallery, with entertainment provided by a group of local jazz musicians, creating a perfect setting for catching up with old friends, and meeting new ones.  The conference began with the very inspirational and informative opening Keynote Address: “Creative Industries”, By Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Mitchell Landrieu.       

 The following is a brief report on the conference.  Click Here for a detailed report

*New board members elected at the annual membership meeting during the conference.
(Listed with year term expires.)
2004-2005 CODA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

2006-Chair, Tim Glotzbach, Kentucky School of Craft, Hindman, KY
2006-Vice-Chair, David Willard, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
2005-Secretary, Ann Lancaster, Houston Center for Contemporary, Houston TX
*2007-Treasurer, Mary Lacer, American Association of Woodturners, Shoreview, MN
2005-Nominating Chair, Dana Singer, Society of North American Goldsmiths, Missoula, MT
2005-Membership Chair, Andrew Glasgow, The Furniture Society, Asheville, NC
*2007-Cheryl Hartley, Tamarack, Beckley, WV
*2007-Steve Loar, Rochester Institute of Technology, Warsaw, NY
2005-Conference Host 2004, Kim Hunicke, Louisiana ArtWorks, New Orleans, LA
2006-Conference Host 2005, Fran Redmon, Kentucky Craft Marketing Program, Frankfort, KY
2007-Conference Host 2006, David Cohen, Contemporary Crafts Museum & Gallery, Portland, OR
2008-Conference Host 2007, Tom McFall, Alberta Craft Council, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
CODA Managing Director, Linda Van Trump, Onia, AR
 

We are delighted to have them join the Board and want to extend a big THANK YOU to past Board members: Carol Sedestrom Ross, Director of Craft Marketing for George Little Management, LLC, who has been instrumental in CODA’s development into a professional Nonprofit Organization; Mary Strope, (formerly) Manager of Craft Marketing, George Little Management, and Janet McCall, 2003 CODA Conference Host, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh PA.
          Linda Van Trump, CODA Managing Director, announced that CODA is an official 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization.  In the past CODA administration had been handled by the conference host for that year.  This is a milestone for CODA and will enable us to produce projects needed by the crafts field, and to grow to its full potential.   
          Thanks to all who participated in the Silent Auction, raising $600.  Many wonderful handmade craft items and books were donated. This is CODA’s only fundraiser and your participation is much appreciated.

Fran Redmon, 2005 Conference Host extended an invitation (complete with “Kentucky Goodie Bags” and desserts) for all to join us on June 2-5, 2005 for the annual CODA Conference: “Building Communities: Partnerships in Craft”, in Berea and Hindman Kentucky.  The conference will be very well located in the heart of an area rich in craft history and contemporary craft.  This promises to be one of the best CODA conferences ever with Kentucky’s concentration of craft programs and activities.
            
The “New Directions” forum was very informative with each of the panel members presenting recent changes in their organizations and reviewing new goals and programs underway to serve their audience.  Followed by an open discussion: “NETWORKING to advance the field of craft.  Moderated by Dian Magie (NC), Center for Craft, Creativity and Design.  Panel: Reed McMillan (NY), American Craft Council; Cornelia Carey (VT), Craft Emergency Relief Fund; Becky Anderson (NC), Handmade In America; Aliza Boyer (NY), Museum of Arts and Design; and Linda Van Trump (AR), CODA.

Conley Salyer, West Virginia State Director of Small Business Development gave an overview of a study and the procedure used to accomplish a statewide initiative to examine: The Industry of Culture “Developing a Creative Economy in West Virginia” The creative industries are composed of arts related businesses that range from visual artists, symphonies, museums and theaters, to film, architecture and advertising companies.  In January 2004 there were 1,617 arts-related businesses that employed 8,862 people in West Virginia!  They also developed Strategies for the following Goals: Research, Entrepreneurship, Public Policy, Education and Organization.
          Using The CODA Survey: The Impact of Crafts on the National Economy
as a model to update and detail the information for West Virginia Arts and Crafts: One Sector of the Creative Industry they found:
         
·  $54 million of direct economic impact
         
·  Approximately 2,500 jobs
         
·  Income that increases median household income by 25% over state average.
Click for a detailed West Virginia report

Tom McFall, Exec. Dir., Alberta Craft Council, reviewed the Canadian Crafts Federation's "Profile and Development Strategy", Canada’s version of the CODA Survey.  They found that 22,597 professional craftspeople generate $727 million in estimated economic impact in 2001.  Click here for full report
          
For a hard copy of the study please contact: info@canadiancraftsfederation.ca.  You can download the Executive Summary and the complete study by going to www.canadiancraftsfederation.ca then click on What’s New, and scroll down near the bottom to this report and click on the PDF format link. 
          
The Canadian Crafts Federation site also contains information and links to all 10 Provincial Craft Councils, and they in turn are linked to many other organizations.

 FYI:

CERF RESPONDS TO CRAFT ARTISTS HARD HIT BY HURRICANES
         
CERF, the Craft Emergency Relief Fund, is a national nonprofit that helps strengthen and sustain the careers of professional craft artists. Many working artists have been hit hard by hurricanes Charley, Frances and Ivan — and we are asking for your help identifying and assisting those in need. We have already heard from a number of craft artists who have suffered severe losses from the hurricanes ... and we know there are more.
          CERF has a Disaster Relief Fund that provides quick grants of up to $1,000, and offers no-interest loans of up to $8,000 to qualified applicants who have been affected by disasters. CERF also provides information about other assistance, access to discounts and donations on equipment, and supplies and booth fee waivers at craft shows. As someone associated with the craft field, please help us inform affected artists that CERF can help by encouraging them to contact CERF.
          Thanks to the support of individuals and organizations, CERF has been able to respond quickly when disasters strike. To make a tax-deductible contribution to CERF’s Disaster Relief Fund contact:
Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF)
P.O. Box 838, Montpelier, Vermont 05601-0838
Phone: 802-229-2306, Email: info@craftemergency.org

  










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