Brushy Fork Annual Institute

Understanding Our History through Education in Appalachian Crafts

Early Bird Session Leader: Steve Davis-Rosenbaum

Classroom: After learning about Berea College’s Craft Education and Outreach Program, there will be a discussion on how communities can use traditional Appalachian Craft to promote discussions of local history, family stories and creative processes.  This will be a working session where participants will be asked to develop a proposal with the central focus of craft education to gain an understanding of our sense of place.

Hands-on workshop: Each participant will also learn to braid broomcorn stalks on a Mini-Roundtree broom. Participants will take home the brooms they braid.

Tour: Participants will be given a tour of Berea College Student Crafts. This tour will include stops at wood working, broom making, and weaving studios as well as visits to the Log House Gallery and the Student Crafts on the Square Gallery.


Steve Davis-Rosenbaum is the Program Coordinator for Berea College’s Craft Education and Outreach Program and Student Crafts on the Square Gallery. For the past two years he has overseen Berea College’s student craftspeople teach about traditional craft at over 40 venues at little or no cost to the participants.Steve has been involved in promoting and making hand craft for over 28 years. As a potter, he has exhibited and published his pottery nationally including Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Illustrated.  He was awarded the Kentucky Art Council’s Al Smith Fellowship Award.  He has a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Georgia at Athens and maintains a business and studio in Lexington, Kentucky.

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