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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
June 14-17, 2007

Host - Alberta Craft Council
Partner - Canadian Crafts Federation
Location - Alberta College of Art and Design

Sponsors - American Craft Council, The Crafts Report

Thursday, June 14
3 pm - 6 pm - Conference registration (at International Hotel)
5 pm - 6pm Orientation for new attendees (all are welcome)
6 pm - 8pm - Welcome Reception - Art Central Galleries, INFLUX, Dashwood and Collage –
Dinner on your own, with old and new friends (recommended restaurants)

Friday, June 15
9 to 9:15 - Welcome - Linda Van Trump, CODA Managing Director; Tim Glotzbach, CODA Chair and Dean of Kentucky School of Craft; Tom McFall, Conference Host and Executive Director of Alberta Craft Council; James Lavoie, Chair of Alberta Craft Council Board

9:15 to 10:15 - Opening session - The Cross-Border Connections - craft leaders explore examples of the extensive and growing relationships between Canadian and American craftspeople, craft artists, organizations, schools, fairs, galleries, museums, media and more.
Lance Carlson, President Alberta College of Art and Design; Charles Lewton-Brain, Past-president Canadian Crafts Federation, jeweller, educator and publisher; Andrew Glasgow, The Furniture Society; Dawn Detarando, American ceramist living in Alberta

10:30 to 11:45 - Meet the Canadians (Three Minutes of Fame presentations)
Canadian Organizations - Craft Year 2007, Canadian Crafts Federation, provincial craft councils, colleges, museums and galleries, marketing programs and others

Noon - Lunch

12:30 to 1:45 - Meet the Americans (Three Minutes of Fame presentations)
USA Organizations

2 to 4 - Peer Sessions (Members of CODA’s Board of Directors will participate in each session)

1. Guilds/Membership Organizations - Tyler Rock and Julia Reimer co-chairs Glass Art Association of Canada; Mary Lancer, American Association of Wood Turners
2. Craft/Art Schools and Education Centre/Programs - Lance Carlson, President ACAD; David Willard, Arrowmount School of Arts and Crafts; Steve Loar, Center for Turning and Furniture Design
3. Craft Exhibition Presenters/Museums/Galleries
4. Fairs/Festivals/Shows – Cheryl Hartley, Tamarack
5. Public Service/Development/Government Agencies - Al Chapman, Alberta Foundation for the Arts

4:15 to 4:45 - Expanding Identities in Fine Craft - Charles Lewton-Brain, the Impressions project; Tom McFall, the All About Alberta project

6:30 - 9:30 - All About Alberta, an exhibition of contemporary fine craft reflecting Alberta’s distinct sense of place (first presented at the Canadian Embassy Gallery in Washington DC) and CODA Awards for Outstanding Service, Creative Thinking and Leadership Presentation and dinner – Nickle Arts Museum, University of Calgary (get there by C-train)

Saturday, June 16
9 to 10:15 - New directions in conventional media promotions and communications - television, video, print, etc. - panel discussion

10:30 to 11:30 - New directions in unconventional promotions and communications - websites, blogs, e-news, virtual journals, etc. - panel discussion

11:45 to 1:45 - Lunch - Current Issues Discussion and CODA Annual Membership Meeting - everyone is encouraged to attend

2 to 2:30 - Craft Emergency Relief Fund - Cornelia Carey, Executive Director; Craig Nutt, Director of Programs - national (American) initiative to coordinate emergency preparedness, response efforts, and insurance strategies

2:30 to 3 - "Serving the Identities of American Craft" -
American Craft Council Presentation – Lilly Kane, Director of Education

3:15 to 4:45 - Young Professionals in Craft Culture - a lively discussion amongst emerging craft artists, young administrators and others engaged in craft organizations

4:45 to 5 - Closing Remarks - Linda Van Trump, Tim Glotzbach and Tom McFall

Evening Studio Parties - informal dinners in Alberta Craft Council members’ studios - $25 per person

Thursday to Saturday - Exhibitions in ACAD galleries - Glass Art Association of Canada, Metal Arts Guild and others TBA

Sunday, June 17
Post-Conference tour to Banff National Park for sightseeing, museums, galleries and historic log homes and including a fabulous ($45) brunch overlooking Lake Louise - $100 (brunch price included)

American Passports
New American security regulations require passports for entry or re-entry into the USA.

If you are flying from the USA to the CODA Conference in Calgary you will need to present a passport, at airport check-in, to cross from Canada back into the USA.

If you are driving from the USA to Calgary (you will not need a passport until 2008) you will need a valid driver’s license and may be asked for proof of citizenship, such as a certified birth certificate or passport.

It takes 8 weeks to get a USA passport so you need to apply by April 7, 2007 to insure you get it on time. You can pay an additional fee for expedited service, but this still takes several weeks.

For more USA passport information:
U.S. Department of Homeland Security website at
To apply for a passport, USA citizens can visit
www.travel.state.gov  which has everything you ever wanted to know about passports including forms and applications;
or call the USA Passport Office at 1-877-4USA-PPT or TDD/TYY: 1-888-874-7793.
Foreign nationals should contact their respective governments to obtain passports.

For more information contact:
Craft Organization Development Association

Linda Van Trump, Managing Director
P.O. Box 51,
Onia, AR 72663

For site specific questions contact:
Alberta Craft Council
Tom McFall, Executive Director
10186 - 106 Street
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T5J 1H4




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