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"CraftWORKS! Michigan: A Report on Traditional Crafts and Economic Development in Michigan" the report lays the strategy for creatively packaging Michigan's crafts industry.

It includes Craft and Economic Development: A Sampler of Resources and “Best Practice” Projects in the United States and Around the World, see Addendum A and B.  The report is available online at: www.craftworksmichigan.org.
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A Complete List of State Initiatives Across the U.S. that Wed Crafts with
Tourism and Economic Development

     Last Year’s Landmark CODA Survey, a project of the Craft Organization Directors Association, may be having an impact on the way state governments view their local crafts industries.  The survey estimates that craft sales by craft artists total 13.8 billion nationally, and that the Median annual household income of craftspeople is $50,000—more than $10,000 higher than the national median, with figures like that, and state budgets being stretched thin across the country, it’s no wonder more and more state governments are beginning to recognize the craft industry’s potential.

     Several state tourism agencies (particularly those with a cultural tourism arm) and economic development agencies began pairing with nonprofit and state arts agencies to create programs that benefit everyone involved: artists and art organizations get exposure, states attract more tourists and more jobs are provided in the communities.

     In all we’ve identified 21 states with comprehensive (statewide) cooperative initiatives that help to promote or support craft. Alaska, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming.

     For each state’s program descriptions and contact listings please see the May 2002 Issue http://www.craftsreport.com/may02/support.html of The Crafts Report or visit www.craftsreport.com where you will find articles from the current and back issues.  This is an excerpt from the article “NEW SUPPORT FOR CRAFT” BY Kara Laughlin.  


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