Interdisciplinary. Community. Advocacy. Humor.
October 13 - 15 in Omaha, Nebraska
ACC’s 2016 national conference will draw together an 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 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.