Cross Pollination – Registration Open NOW!

The Socially Engaged Craft Collective is thrilled to announce our first Conference, Cross Pollination, to be held in conjunction with NCECA in March 2019. This special “pre-conference” will be held Tuesday, March 26th, at Minneapolis College, and will focus on Socially Engaged Craft with a special attention for K-12 educators.

We are still confirming our speakers list, but check back to our Cross Pollination Page (under “Resources”) for updates in the coming month!

If you’re unable to attend, please consider sponsoring a registration for a student or person with less resources!


The Socially Engaged Craft Collective, in partnership with the School of Design and the Arts at  Minneapolis College, is excited to announce a day of workshops, panels, and participation with Cross Pollination: an NCECA pre-conference for artists and educators about socially engaged craft, pedagogy, and artistic action.

Cross pollination suggests exchange and interchange, collaborative action and genetic recombination. Craft and education, art and society are each varietals of humanity’s richest plants. We aim to speak to interdisciplinarity, remixing, intersectionality, and novel combinations while considering traditional and emergent theories of making and teaching.

A one-day participatory conference experience, Cross Pollination will incorporate expert voices from both craft and social engagement perspectives. Participants will find resources and emerging ideas for their art practices and classrooms through panel discussions, lectures and interactive learning experiences. Breakout sessions will focus on the following: Communities (Engaging in Cross-Sector Collaboration); Pedagogy (Engagement and Collaboration in Learning); Idea Generation (Socially Engaged Craft in Practice); and Logistics (the “How To” of Socially Engaged Craft including Ethics and Sustainability).

Date:   Conference  Tuesday, March 26, 2019;  8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Preview Reception of “Ferment” 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Schedule:   8:30-9:15 am Registration

9:30-10:45 Keynote

11:00-12:30 Morning Breakout Sessions

12:30-2:30 Lunch and Table Sessions

2:45-4:15 Afternoon Breakout Sessions

4:30-5:30 Closing Remarks

5:30-6:30 “Ferment” Preview Reception and Participatory Experience


Location:  Minneapolis College, near Loring Park and the Minneapolis Convention Center in downtown Minneapolis

Cost: $75

**A certificate of completion from the School of Art and Design at Minneapolis College will be available to educators interested in professional development credit.

1 response to Cross Pollination – Registration Open NOW!

  1. Faith Hagenhofer says:

    Hi- I’m very interested in the Socially Engaged Craft Collective, and I’m a fibers/textiles worker. Will there be a future conjoint meeting in a Fibers conference context? I would support and be willing to work on this possibility. Also, since I’m not able to attend in Minneapolis this year, will there be an effort to record the event for those of us not on site?

    Thank you!!! Faith Hagenhofer ________________________________

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