Watch Hundreds of Artists Tell Their Inspiring Stories, Craft in America Is Streaming Free

  • March 19, 2020 17:21

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Faith Ringgold, Tar Beach, 1988
Craft in America

Craft in America is streaming more than a decade of its Peabody Award-winning video content and hundreds of artist stories that delight, inspire, entertain, and uplift through these challenging times. While we're at home looking for outlets for ourselves, our kids, and our families, Craft in America's vast library of 13 years of video content and educational tools is FREE and viewable on craftinamerica.org, pbs.org/craftinamerica and on Craft in America's Youtube channel. At your leisure, anytime day or night, watch these compelling profiles and close-up, encapsulated portraits of leading, innovative artists living and working across the entire country today. Craft in America's videos provide the ultimate affirmation that ingenuity and creativity know no bounds and that the human spirit is resilient and transcendent in our nation.

In the TEACHERS episode, artist Therman Statom brings his exuberant spirit to young Native American students in Omaha, Nebraska, showing them how art can empower.  

In the THREADS episode, artist and author, Faith Ringgold's bold colors in her painted story quilts regale us with rich and determined stories of African-American life. With her credo, "Anyone Can Fly," Ringgold brings the proud history of African-American masters to a new generation.

In the IDENTITY episode, furniture maker and educator Wendy Maruyama describes how she overcame challenges related to her deafness and disability, while working in a field dominated by men, and became an important furniture maker pushing the boundaries of the field. Maruyama delves into matters of her Japanese heritage and the preservation of endangered species.

Faith Ringgold with Tar Beach. Mark Markley photograph
Craft in America

The CALIFORNIA section features Corine Pearce, silversmith Randy Stromsoe, the Arts and Crafts architecture of Greene & Greene including The Gamble House, stained glass artists at Judson Studios, cabinet makers James Ipekjian and Jack Ipekjian, and textile artist Deborah Cross.

In addition to our 23 hour-long episodes from the PBS series, which first aired in 2007, Craft in America's website offers a plethora of additional video content including hundreds of additional clips and shorts, archived public artist talks, and engrossing process videos.

he Gamble House front door. Courtesy of The Gamble House, USC. Photograph © Tim Street-Porter

Now is the perfect time to curl up and watch the PBS series that the New York Times TV Critic Margaret Lyons calls "so triumphant," with hour-long episodes that serve as "reminders that human suffering and cruelty and ignorance are not new, but neither are compassion, solidarity and hope."

*Please note that the Center will be closed through April 1st pending any changes. A virtual tour and online gallery of Identity: 4 Voices will be available soon.

For general information and questions please contact: info@craftinamerica.org


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