See what we do and why we believe that teaching craft can change lives!
“To inspire a generation to be creative through exposure to traditional media and exploration of their connection to the Appalachian tradition of MAKING.”
Everyone deserves the chance to explore their cultural heritage.
Crafts are an indispensable source of learning about regional traditions. Berea College’s Craft Education Center and Outreach Program provide opportunities for schools and communities to learn about the traditional craft mediums of broom making, ceramics, weaving, and woodcraft. Berea College students lead the craft workshop programs as part of their Experiential Work position. They demonstrate these crafts at our center on campus, at regional arts festivals, and in under-served rural communities. Craft Demonstrations are also available to the public at the Berea College Visitor Center & Shoppe.
Our Mission is to provide schools and communities with a personal and, at times, hands-on experience in Appalachian traditional arts. The program strives to serve the unique needs of each community in our service area by linking school visits and community events to profound learning experiences. The student craftspeople both demonstrate and speak on a variety of topics including culture, craftsmanship, traditional arts, art theory, and the work of Berea College.
“I am still smiling and amazed about the wonderful blessing that was bestowed on me and my students .”
– Jocelyn Johnson, Art Teacher for Miles Intermediate School in Atlanta, GA