At our core New Craft Coalition is a group of three artists working together to make a difference in our creative community. We are makers, moms, entrepreneurs and firm believers in the power of art, craft + design to change not only our communities, but the world. Our current mission is to bring a carefully curated collection of independently produced, Canadian art, craft + design to the people of Calgary twice annually, with other plans unfolding all the time!
We are inspired to:
1. Create cultural events that provide the stage for quality makers to meet their audience and attract patrons that can understand and appreciate the intent and value of the work presented.
2. Build community by introducing makers to makers; makers to supporters, arts advocates to members of the creative community, and small businesses to new opportunities through our events.
3. Foster the local economy by advocating for support of small and independent creative businesses and facilitating relationships that extend beyond our events.
4. Support the development and ongoing sustainability of the independent maker by providing a professional context for their art, craft and/or design, as well as an environment that encourages
sharing with and learning from peers.
Kari Woo, Laura Sharp and Natalie Gerber are all alumni of the Alberta College of Art + Design, where their common intrigue with the intersection between creativity and small business was sparked. The New Craft Coalition was born out of this ongoing dialogue that is always evolving."