About the Program

Our Mission

To inspire a generation to be creative through exposure to traditional craft media and exploration of their connection to the Appalachian tradition of MAKING. 

Since 2012, the Craft Education & Outreach Program (CEOP) has provided schools in Promise Zone and other underserved areas of Appalachia an opportunity to experience “Making” through workshops using Appalachian craft media.

The goal of each workshop is to support teachers with incorporating art in their curriculum where art principals and elements are woven in subjects being taught. In addition, we infuse Appalachian culture and traditions of “Making” by talking about history and our relationship with the objects we live with on a daily basis.

Craft Workshops at the Berea College Craft Education Center include:

  •  Workshops at no cost including materials and teaching
    • All finished projects made belong to your students and are returned that day or at an arranged time.
  • Transportation and Driver Scholarship for schools who have 85% or higher students participating in the Free Lunch Program.
  • Experiential workshops in ceramics, weaving, jewelry making, and broom braiding are design to KY Art Standards and your curricular goals. Co-curricular topics include (but not limited to) STEAM topics, American Indian studies, colonial studies, Kentucky studies, and life skills studies (entrepreneurial topics).
  • Lesson plans for each Workshop based on the National Standards in the Arts are posted on our website on the Resources Page.
    • Aligned Standards are included in every lesson plan and address I Can Statements such as:
      • I can apply knowledge of available resources, tools, and technologies to investigate personal ideas through the art-making process. (VA:Cr1.2.3a)
      • I can create personally satisfying artwork using a variety of artistic processes and materials. (VA:Cr2.1.3a)

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“The purpose of art education is not to make more art and better artists; instead, it is to make better people and better communities.” Herbert Reed, British poet, critic, and art historian