The Covid-19 restrictions set in place by the governor of North Carolina, along with our own personal concerns for the safety and health of our exhibitors and attendees, will make it impractical for us to attempt to hold February’s 34th National Arts and Crafts Conference and Shows in person inside the historic Grove Park Inn.
Rather than risk sacrificing the momentum of the current Arts and Crafts revival, however, instead of cancelling next February’s conference and shows, we are declaring the entire month of February to be National Arts and Crafts Month. Throughout the month we will be hosting a virtual conference and selling shows, featuring recorded seminars, live discussion groups, demonstrations, virtual walking tours, book clubs, house tours, resource guides, on-demand videos, and links to exhibitors’ websites and selling platforms.
We are also working on organizing an online virtual selling show for antiques dealers and contemporary craftsfirms, as well as providing information on non-profit organizations, historic sites, and Arts and Crafts service providers. More information will be announced as soon as details are finalized.
We currently have a website development team building a new website, which we hope to be ready to launch later this month. When it is, the daily schedule, which is still being completed, will be posted at Arts-CraftsConference.com, along with an online registration form. Once registered, each participant will have a password to access links to all of the conference events throughout the month of February.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we deal with this major transformation and undertaking in the coming days and weeks. We will post updates as they become available here and at Arts-CraftsConference.com.
Thank you for your continued support of the Arts and Crafts revival.
Bruce Johnson, Conference Director
Kate Nixon, Registration Manager