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Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts: Alison Croney Moses

Whose Standards? Racial Equity in Craft and Design

Part 1 of 2 (See Wed. Oct. 14 for Part 2)

October 8 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm


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Institutions in the field of craft and design engender cultures of elitism through gatekeeping and hierarchies of knowledge and aesthetics, which have resulted in suffocatingly white-dominated canons and histories. There is a growing awareness that representation must be racially diverse – from artists whose works enter collections or hang on walls, to staff and faculty hired as decision-makers and thought leaders. Yet, when racial equity is discussed in these overlapping fields, tokenism abounds, and community and education are devalued in favor of established (and exclusionary) academic and curatorial benchmarks. The structures that underpin them -- themselves built on entrenched modes of white supremacy -- are rarely, if ever, interrogated.


As white society wakes up to racial injustice, leaders in craft and design are called to struggle with their own racial reckoning. Whose standards define excellence and guard the gates? What do we need to embrace, give up, and change, in order to enrich craft and design with true anti-racist transformation?


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Join a conversation with Alison Croney Moses (Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts), Matthew Shenoda (RISD), Namita Gupta Wiggers (Critical Craft Forum and Warren Wilson College), Paul Sacaridiz (Haystack Mountain School of Crafts), moderated by Michelle Millar Fisher (MFA Boston).


Hosted by the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts and generously supported by Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.

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