I’m excited to partner with the St. Louis Craft Alliance today to share a bit about what they do in our community and invite you to join us this weekend at their Annual Makers Ball!
The Makers Ball is an annual fundraising gala that celebrates the artistry of makers and crafts. The fundraiser supports exhibitions and community education programs at Craft Alliance Center of Art and Design. You can buy your tickets here!
In an increasingly fast-paced world, craft takes its time.
The Craft Alliance is a non-profit organization all about viewing craft as a source of skill and inspiration integral to human expression. Universal and inclusive in nature, craft empowers communities, enriches culture and fuels the economy. In an increasingly fast-paced world, craft takes its time. It brings together process and material, sparking thought, igniting dialogue, and provoking surprise and delight.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Michael Powell, the Marketing Manager of Craft Alliance about this weekend’s Makers Ball gala. I could hear the genuine passion for the cause in his voice as he spoke about Craft Alliance’s efforts to simultaneously empower artists and help the community in a hands-on way. The funds raised at the Makers Ball benefit the Artists-in-Residence and Crafting-A-Future programs.
Crafting-A-Future provides an invaluable mentoring experience for teens interested in pursuing a career in the arts with a focus on fine contemporary craft. The participating kids receive instruction, mentorship, and guidance from Craft Alliance Artists-in-Residence. “The two programs help eachother–both the artists and the teens benefit.” Michael told me. “The artists get exposure and learn about the St. Louis community and the kids learn what being an artist actually means in today’s day and age.”
Each year, Craft Alliance hosts three resident artists working in one of four media–clay, fiber, metal, or wood. Artists-in-Residence work in studios adjacent to the classrooms, teach in programs, and become an active part of the community. This program supports emerging artists by providing them with free work space, access to an audience, a modest stipend, and exhibition opportunities.
One of this year’s Artists-in-Residence is fiber artist, Megan Singleton. Megan’s installations crisscross the boundaries of contemporary craft, combining sculpture, hand paper making, and digital applications. Her work explores the intersection of dendritic systems and patterns found in waterway, plants, and paths of travel. She actively exhibits nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions.
The Makers Ball is the single biggest and important event for fundraising for Craft Alliance. It’s a great opportunity to get involved and see where your giving is actually going and how its being used. “The Makers Ball allows the artists to engage with St. Louis and become personally invested in the community before they move on to other cities and opportunities” Michael also pointed out.
Universal and inclusive in nature, craft empowers communities, enriches culture and fuels the economy.
You can also enjoy great benefits by becoming a member of Craft Alliance! From classes and camps to exhibition and community programs, your support plays in a vital role in the organization. As a member, you’re a part of St. Louis’ only organization dedicated to craft and your membership is 100% tax deductible! You get discounts at the gallery shops and on classes and workshops, early class registration, invites to member-only events, and more. For more info, visit this page.
What: Craft Alliance Annual Makers Ball
When: Saturday, April 30, 2016, 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Where: The Palladium, 1400 Park Pl, St. Louis, MO 63104
Tickets: $250-$500, available here
Details: A celebration of makers and the power of craft, the Makers Ball is a spectacular interactive event that features a 3-course dinner, cocktails, artist demos, and both live and silent auctions. Proceeds support the Artist-in-Residence Program and Crafting-A-Future, a teen mentoring program.
If you can’t attend the gala, you can always donate to Craft Alliance and actively support the St. Louis craft scene here.
Photos by Brandon Halley.
This post was written in collaboration with the Midwest Influencer Network and Craft Alliance.