Preserving the Past & Teaching the Present

Scholarship Entrant: Margaret from Denver, CO
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Margaret: 19

If I could do anything I would create my own non-profit crafting organization. I believe that doing crafts not only creates art which is useful but is a bridge to our past. So often as I knit I attract people who say, “I wish I could do that but I never learned how.” I usually reply that is easier than it looks. I think that in the modern age we have become disconnected from the skills that were once passed down from one generation to another.

If I had the means I would create a school which we would teach the younger generation the basic skills of needlework, pottery and woodworking to begin with. Other crafts would be added as we gained teachers. I would also create a library/museum with examples of old techniques. Basically, a depository, where the skills and techniques could be stored and where people could come to study. The other leg of the triad would be to have an artist in resident program which would attract the best practitioners of crafts in America. Thus we could create a center which would not only teach but preserve the skills and beauty that is crafting.

Vote for Margaret: 19

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