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Since the first American Craft Council conference nearly six decades ago, ACC has served the community of contemporary craft by bringing together the field’s many voices to provide thoughtful leadership and perspectives. As the only national organization inclusive of all craft media, ACC is the best convener to assemble the field’s diverse constituents — artists, scholars, educators, students, collectors, enthusiasts, professionals, and amateurs alike.
ACC’s 2016 national conference will draw together this essential group for a conversation about the current state of craft. The aim is to challenge, inspire, and educate existing members of the craft and design community and engage new audiences through open conversation and dialogue, emphasizing an intergenerational exchange of ideas, priorities, and prerogatives.
Accomplished by a wholly new conference format, “Present Tense” offers two and a half days of active dialogue, featuring three distinct characteristics — pairs of speakers in moderated conversation, scheduled time for participatory common-interest conversations among attendees, and no concurrent programming, allowing all attendees to foster a sense of community through their shared experience. Participants include students, emerging and established artists, researchers and scholars of the field, individuals representing organizations that promote craft, funders and supporters of craft, and those simply interested.
With Kaneko, ACC has found the perfect partner to host this group and provide inspiration for continued conversation. Omaha is a wonderful host city — a burgeoning creative capital in the United States. It’s a community empowered to think differently about a wide range of contemporary issues and with a demonstrated track record of using creative, community-driven projects to bring people together.
“Present Tense” attendees are also invited to attend the concurrent celebration of the 2016 American Craft Council Awards, including installation of the College of Fellows and the presentation of the Gold Medal for Consummate Craftsmanship, the Aileen Osborn Webb Award of Philanthropy, and the Award of Distinction.
ACC members may register for $265. New members will pay $335 (which includes a 2-year membership). Student registration is $215. Scholarships are available; students and recent graduates must apply by May 31. See further scholarship information below.
Registration for non-members is $425 and begins June 1.
The ACC has preferred-rate rooms available at the Hyatt Place Downtown Old Market, the Hampton Inn-Omaha, and the Magnolia Hotel-Omaha.
Hyatt Place Omaha Downtown Old Market
Register by July 11 for preferred rate
24-hour reservation line: 800-233-1234 (please mention dates and block)
Booking link: http://group.hamptoninn.com/AmericanCraftCouncil
Register by August 27 for preferred rate
Magnolia Hotel Omaha
Register by September 13 for preferred rate
PARKING: Valet parking is provided for $17 per vehicle per night and $10 for event-day parking.
“Present Tense” is accessible to all attendees. Please notify organizers when you register to make arrangements for assistive listening devices, ASL interpretation, wheelchair accessibility, or other accessibility needs.
New member registration at the $335 level includes access to the conference and a two-year membership to the American Craft Council.
Membership benefits include:
For more information, including benefits of registering as a professional member of the ACC, please visit craftcouncil.org/membership
The American Craft Council is pleased to announce a call for applications for student/emerging professional scholarships to attend “Present Tense.”
The Council has a strong history of giving emerging makers and scholars opportunities to bring their work to the marketplace and platforms for engaging in ongoing dialogue about the future of craft.
To continue this tradition, the Council will offer $50,000 in full and partial scholarships for the “Present Tense” conference. Students at both the graduate and undergraduate level, as well as new professionals (less than than five years out of school) are invited to participate and are encouraged to apply for these scholarships. Full scholarships include funding for the conference registration fee ($215 - $425) plus a travel and accommodation stipend. Partial scholarships provide for the registration fee, and may or may not include a travel or accommodation stipend.
All candidates must be:
The scholarships committee will take into consideration the following criteria when considering applicants:
Scholarship recipients are required to attend the entire conference. To help us ensure the ongoing improvement of the scholarship program, all scholarship winners will be required to submit a post-conference evaluation by November 11, 2016.
The deadline for scholarship applications is May 31, and applicants will be notified via email by July 1. Recipients will be selected by a committee. Both local and national scholarships will be awarded.
Please follow the link to submit your application: http://goo.gl/forms/adjm0AZUbS.
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