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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. The conference opened with a tour of the Louisiana Artworks. The facility was very impressive. The “state of the arts” studios will provide creative opportunities for many artists and visitors, and will undoubtedly be a major attraction in the years ahead.
A welcoming reception was hosted by Thomas Mann Design Studio and Gallery, with entertainment provided by an impromptu group of local jazz musicians, creating a perfect setting for catching up with old friends, and meeting new ones. It was inspirational to see Mann’s studios, and talk with his apprentices about their work. Visit:

Friday morning began with the very inspirational and informative opening Keynote Address:
“Creative Industries”, by Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Mitchell Landrieu.
The Peer Group sessions were once again very informative and gave attendees the opportunity to network with other administrators and boards facing the same issues and challenges. Detailed reports are available on this website click on the following links.

Peer Group Sessions, facilitated by recognized Louisianans and members of the CODA Board of Directors

1.schools, artists work centers/retreats - Ann Schneiders, YA-YA; David Willard, Dir., Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts.
Click here for schools report

2.guilds, and membership organizations - Deborah Simeral, Ex. Dir. and Suzanne Juneau, Pres., Louisiana Crafts Guild; Andrew Glasgow, Executive Director, The Furniture Society. Click here for guilds report

3.service groups & public agencies - Nyree Ramsey, City of New Orleans, Tourism and Arts; Fran Redmon, Kentucky Craft Marketing Program. Click here for public service report

4.fairs, festivals and shows - Rashida Ferdinand, Congo Square Crafts and Christine Bradford, Contemporary Crafts with the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival; Tim Glotzbach, Dean/Dir of the Kentucky School of Craft. Click here for festivals report

5. galleries, exhibition spaces and retail shops - Monica Gele, Manager Artful Objects, LAW; Ann Lancaster, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

The CODA Annual Membership meeting was opened by CODA Chair, Tim Glotzbach, Founding Dir/Dean of the Kentucky School of Craft, who welcomed everyone and thanked our hosts, Kim Hunicke, Louisiana ArtWorks and Shirley Trusty Corey, Arts Council of New Orleans.    

The CODA Annual Membership meeting was opened by CODA Chair, Tim Glotzbach, Founding Dir/Dean of the Kentucky School of Craft, who welcomed everyone and thanked our hosts, Kim Hunicke, Louisiana ArtWorks and Shirley Trusty Corey, Arts Council of New Orleans.

Dana Singer, Chairperson of the Nominating Committee (Fran Redmon, Andrew Glasgow, Cynthia Stone, Mary Lacer) presented the following slate for election to the Board of Directors: Cheryl Hartley, Tamarack, Beckley WV; Mary Lacer, American Association of Woodturners, Shoreview, MN; Steve Loar, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY.  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.  Click to view Board of Directors

Linda Van Trump, CODA Managing Director announced that CODA had received it’s official 501(c)3 Nonprofit status from the IRS.  In the past CODA finances have been handled by the conference host for that year.  This is a milestone for CODA and will enable it to produce projects needed by the crafts field, and to grow to its full potential.

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.

Invitation extended by, David Cohen, Contemporary Crafts Museum and Gallery, to attend the 2006 CODA Conference in Portland, Oregon.

Invitation extended by Tom McFall, Alberta Craft Council, to attend the 2007 CODA Conference in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Friday evening’s event “Taste of New Orleans” Dinner, Jazz and Desserts, took place on the fifth floor and terrace at the new Ogden Museum and included the ever popular “Three-Minutes Hall of Fame”; providing an opportunity for attendees to share slides and information about their organization’s programs and facilities.   The terrace had a great view and breeze, and gave participants a chance to get to know each other and make those valuable networking connections.  The OGDEN MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN ART, University of New Orleans and the MUSEUM STORE AND CENTER FOR SOUTHERN CRAFT AND DESIGN is home to the largest and most comprehensive collection of Southern Art in the world and a unique and innovative destination to “See the South”, a tour of the facility and installations completed the evening and was a highlight of our visit to New Orleans.  

 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.

CENTER FOR CRAFT CREATIVITY AND DESIGN (CCCD) of the University of North Carolina supports and advances craft, creativity and design in education and research.  In January 2004 CCCD received a $500,000 matching grant for the top priority project, “20th Century History of Studio Craft in America”, a text written by Janet Koplos and Bruce Metcalf.  Another of their exciting new programs is the “Craft Research Fund”, a three-year pilot program, which will award $100,000 a year in grants, beginning January 2005, for scholarship in craft history and criticism on a national level.  Guidelines and applications can be downloaded from the Education area at www.craftcreativitydesign.org.  Visit their website for more information on the Center and its programs.

CRAFT EMERENGENCY RELIEF FUND (CERF), devoted to strengthening and sustaining the careers of craft artists across the United States, have released the results of their national research project assessing the needs of professional craft artists, gathering info through a national survey, interviews and focus groups all over the country; contact CERF to obtain a copy.  For more details on CERF and its programs visit: www.craftemergency.org.

MUSUEM OF ARTS & DESIGN (MAD) focuses on creativity and being advocates for emerging and established artists through on-site exhibitions, educational and outreach programs and traveling exhibitions.  MAD serves unusually diverse audiences through “hands on” experiences with art in order to promote visual literacy
          Its new name reflects its expanded mission and vision for the future and articulates the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of the arts at the beginning of the 21st century.   The evolution of its mission has prompted MAD to seek a new home where it will be better equipped to explore this contemporary synergy and to accommodate its growing constituency.
          For more information on MAD visit www.madmuseum.org.

HANDMADE IN AMERICA (HIA) Based on recommendations from a tourism plan for the 13 Appalachian states, two areas HIA is working in, with assistance from the Appalachian Regional Craft Advisory Council are:
-          A trade Apprenticeship System is under consideration with recommendations to be made in the fall to ARC to take to the U.S. Department of Labor for consideration.  Many issues are being explored and negotiations are under way for funding 3 prototypes of apprenticeships and researching different state apprenticeship requirements.
-          NAICS code recommendation has been submitted to ARC for discussion with U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Dept. of Labor
      Among its new programs is the Handmade Institute providing “community solutions for creative economies”.  For more information visit: www.handmadeinamerica.org.

 AMERICAN CRAFT COUNCIL (ACC)- An Education Task Force convened to assess the present state of craft and to help shape the Council’s future educational programming that will advance understanding and appreciation of contemporary American craft.  

            • Within the field the pulse of craft is strong, the work sophisticated, the makers talented.
            • Outside the field, the pulse of craft is weak. Craft lacks cultural validation. The field is not renewing  
               itself in traditional ways.
            • Competing alternatives exist for almost all handmade craft objects.
            • Craft is increasingly becoming absorbed by art and design.
            • The greater public lacks the knowledge and discernment to value craft.
The Council must strive to enhance its leadership position as a public educational organization in order to accomplish these crucial goals:
            • Modernize the image of craft
            • Elevate the image of Craft
            • Expand the audience for craft
            • Influence the field

CRAFT ORGANIZATION DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION (CODA) This past year we have incorporated, and obtained our 501(c)3 status, accomplishing another goal, and have a simple website with membership and this year’s conference information as well as the summary of The CODA Survey: The Impact of Crafts on the National Economy.  We will continue to develop the site with the goal of including a member’s forum, and other member services.  A summary of the strategic plan is available on our website along with details on upcoming conferences, reports on past conference and peer session notes.

Future of Craft: “Cultural Leverage”.  Funding Issues and using The CODA Survey: The Impact of Crafts on the National Economy and other research & statistics. 
Dabne Liebke, Deputy Dir, Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Dept of Culture, Recreation and Tourism presented information on state funded programs for Craft.  See their website with information on Louisiana Crafts and the Craft Marketing Program.  The site also showcases Louisiana Craft Artists with many other features www.crt.state.la.us/art/lacrafts.

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 developed Goals and Strategies: Research, Entrepreneurship, Public Policy, Education and Organization; and Anticipated Outcomes:
         Financially viable and profitable industry participants that meet or exceed national averages.
         Growing numbers of industry participants.
         Rejuvenated and creative West Virginia communities
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 here to view the 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 more information
       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.  

Several New Orleans Arts District Galleries hosted receptions for a self-guided gallery walk that was a delightful conclusion to the conference.    

 2004 Conference Sponsors: Arts Council of New Orleans; Alberta Craft Council; American Craft Council; Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design; Craft Emergency Relief Fund; George Little Management, LLC; GUILD, LLC; Handmade In America; Houston Center for Contemporary Craft; Kentucky Craft Marketing Program; Louisiana Crafts Guild; Museum of Arts and Design; The Museum Store and Center for Southern Craft and Design, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Univ. N.O.; West Virginia Small Business Development; Thomas Mann; The Crafts Report


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