Welcome to the Agon: Episode 2

Strategic Planning, Discovery Mode

I have developed this video presentation on the long-term strategic planning needs within the craft community. My hope is that this video will jump-start and advance the dialogue on this topic; this video presentation builds on three essays that I have recently published on Redefining Craft. If you haven’t already read them, I recommend reviewing these three articles before viewing the video:

Redefining Craft with Dennis Stevens
Too much of a good thing?
After more than a decade of celebrating and championing craft, the unmet challenge for the American Craft community remains-- to provide thought leadership and cultivate critical thinking about craft discourses in relation to other discourses of making within art and design, particularly around attitudes, beliefs, and values in relationship to technolog…
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Redefining Craft with Dennis Stevens
Scrutinizing the discourses that flatter our own interests
Communities of practice form when common areas of concerns or interests unite social units; they interact regularly and share a common vocabulary. And, even without acknowledging the activity, they often learn with and from one another in the process…
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Redefining Craft with Dennis Stevens
Contexts for Making
Socially engaged art is an artistic practice that focuses on social effect. It can critique broader social and political issues through creative expression rather than directly conveying meaning. Socially engaged artists operate in the context of a social and political climate. Their work is not simply intended to be functional, nor is it intended to sit…
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Dennis Stevens, Ed.D.