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DEMOCRACY

DEMOCRACY explores how craft is intertwined with our nation’s defining principles. Stream on the PBS Video App starting Monday, October 26, 2020.

Featuring: Robert L. Lynch, President of Americans for the Arts, speaking about craft in U.S. history and the role of government in the arts; calligrapher Sammy Little demonstrating cursive handwriting and its importance in our founding documents; National Museum of African American History and Culture curator Joanne Hyppolite, Ph.D., speaking on the role of craft in the African-American experience and the legacy of continued racial injustice in this country; Cheyenne Peace Chief Harvey Pratt, designing the National Native American Veterans Memorial; the Hearts of Our People exhibition at the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, featuring art by Native American women; the Veterans History Project, where we hear from veteran artists who express themselves through craft; democratic approaches to creativity in the exhibition Islands in the Land, organized by visionary curator Eudorah Moore; and Berea College, where traditional Appalachian craft is kept alive through innovative programs and a diverse and integrated student body.

Stephen Burks works with Berea College student. Democracy
Stephen Burks works with Berea College student Joseph Tayo Opaleye. Courtesy of Berea College.


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EDUCATION

Craft in America Educational Materials look further at DEMOCRACY as a concept in craft. Visit the EDUCATION section to see what's available and download a Lesson Guide HERE >