Who are we?
why are we doing this?
My name is Leslie Boyd.
I am an educator, jeweler and visual artist whose work deals with themes of activism.
Navigating this current political time and space as an educator in America is difficult. As I engage with my fellow educators and students it becomes evident that we are often failing to facilitate robust, constructive, direct dialogue about social issues in our classrooms. I do not think this is for a lack of caring or interest, but that arts and craft educators do not feel equipped with the tools or language necessary to facilitate difficult conversations around issues such as race, class, privilege, and sexuality.
When Rebecca (you'll meet her next) first emailed me about an internship in October of 2017 it was evident that our interests, questions, and concerns aligned. I had been mulling for some time over creating a project that centered around educational resources, craft, and activism. It seemed perfect to combine forces with an individual on the other side of the classroom to speak about what we are failing to address.
My name is Rebecca Schena.
I am a Jewelry + Metals student at Rhode Island School of Design. As a student, I often find myself struggling to make socially relevant work that actually makes a difference outside of the insular art world. Inside of learning institutions, work based on social issues often fails to break the silence of students and educators too nervous to discuss it for fear of getting it wrong.
With its accessible origins in functional object making, it is important that craft becomes a larger part of artistic social practice. In order to do that, it is vital that students and educators are able to easily access resources that can prepare them to make and critique work capable of actually making a difference. Through this project, Leslie and I hope to make this easily accessible collection of resources a reality for students, educators, and practicing artists who are using craft to engage with the social issues of our time.