The Power of Craft – an inspirational story. The Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston. Enjoy your day, Yareah friends. Art is everywhere!
At The Society of Arts and Crafts, we know that craft is a universal mode of communication. We know that making and interacting with craft is essential to a healthy humanity. Craft defines cultures, inspires and enriches us and is an expression of our shared experiences. This past spring we saw the impact of what we know first hand.
Craftboston Spring took place on the same week as the Boston Marathon bombings. With this tense and upsetting event, we expected Craftboston to be somber and attendance to be down. As events unfolded that week, the people of Boston were told to “shelter in place”on Friday while the suspects were still at large. The show doors remained closed while we hoped for some good news.
On Saturday we were able to open Craftboston. The opening brought a surge of eager volunteers, artists and attendees.* While the city as a whole felt relief and redemption, it became clear that the atmosphere at Craftboston was about something different. It was about the extraordinary power of craft – its ability to rejuvenate faith in humanity, to inspire, and to console. Attendees expressed a need to counteract the destruction of that week by supporting the artists and experiencing something beautiful. We heard and saw what we knew at our core to be true – craft heals.
Michael Scarborough, an artist who works in lacquer and exhibited at Craftboston Spring wrote about the profound impact of that week, and the spirit of another Craftboston exhibitor, Nicole Aquillano. Click here to read.
To make a donation to SAC click here! Your gift will help us to continue to share the transformative power of craft.
Beth Ann Gerstein
The Society of Arts and Crafts.
*Like most businesses and organizations in the city, we struggled for the best way to provide help during the crisis. SAC donated $1 of every general admission ticket to The One Fund-Boston to assist victims and families affected by the tragic events.
The event is held at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston from December 6-8.