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Craft in America
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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.



Learn more about the artists in the DEMOCRACY episode HERE >


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 >