Peters Valley School of Craft

Address

19 Kuhn Road
Layton, NJ 07851
County: Sussex
http://www.petersvalley.org

Contact

Ms. Kristin Muller

Grant Amount

$75,000

Program Area

Arts

Focus

Grant Details

For general operating support of FY'16 art and fine craft programs for youth and adults.

Organization Background

Nationally known as a premier institution of its kind, Peters Valley School of Craft continues to enrich lives through the learning, appreciation and practice of the art of fine craft as it has since 1970. Peters Valley brings the power of creative thinking and problem solving to an ever widening audience via programs, partnerships and collaborations. We are committed to developing excellence in craft through the skills and core values of traditional craftsmanship nurturing innovation in a diverse constituency including professional artists, enthusiasts and general public. We fulfill our mission through 2 - 8 day immersive workshops for adults (May through September), a youth art program, exhibition/retail Galleries (featuring work from over 200 artists), national juried craft fair (drawing over 6,500 visitors to Sussex County), an artist residency program, internships, fellowships, and public outreach programs including a Studio Open House, Craftsmen At Work Program and participation in affiliate programs with regional schools and organizations including partnerships with: the National Park Service (DEWA), Pocono Environmental Education Center, Marywood & Hood Universities, Sussex County Community College, Water Gap Wood Turners, NJ Potters Guild, NJ Blacksmiths Association, National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), National Geographic Geotourism Initiative and the NJ State Fair. Peters Valley also partners with other National organizations including the American Craft Council, Craft Emergency Relief Fund and The Craft School Experience initiative. Peters Valley was integral in the development of this initiative, partnering with four similar schools and consulting with Social Impact Studios to bring awareness of our unique learning opportunities and to further our impact on the field of American Craft. We believe that creative practice has many overarching benefits to our humanity such as: developing imagination, innovation, community and creative problem solving.

The staff is comprised of Kristin Muller-Executive Director, Jennifer Apgar-Education Director, Leigh Tenore --Communications, Lindsay Gates-Development Director, Brienne Rosner-Gallery Manager, Campbell Albritton- Operations, seasonal staff and 11 Board members. We operate 8 teaching studios, managed by a combination of permanent staff and artist fellows who are afforded a stipend, housing, meals and opportunities to work with renowned instructors in exchange for managing during the workshop season.

artist/instructors in exchange for managing the studios during the workshop season.

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