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New CraftNet Sketches for October 2011

Monday, October 31st, 2011

We just released the October 2011 issue of CraftNet Sketches.

In this issue
Community College News: Kentucky School of Crafts at Hazard Community & Technical College, Haywood Community College, Montana Arts Council, Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College, Western Piedmont Community College
Research, Events, and News: Mississippi Creative Economy Summit, South Arts Reports, Creative Economy Assets in Rural Communities, Culinary Improvisation, the Science of Guitar Building, EU Capitals of Culture Evaluation
CraftNet Member Profile: Western Piedmont Community College

About CraftNet:
CraftNet is an international alliance of community colleges in North America, Europe, and Africa that work together to enhance their own arts and crafts-based teaching programs and to develop local and regional artisan-based economies. It was conceived and is managed by Regional Technology Strategies.


Blueprint Mississippi: Capitalizing on the Creative Economy

Friday, October 14th, 2011

The Mississippi Economic Council in cooperation with the state’s citizens and private sector is building a collaborative vision for moving the state’s economy and community forward.  The process, known as Blueprint Mississippi 2011, has led to the development of a series of goals and recommendations on education, the economy, diversity, financial resources, health, infrastructure and other key areas.

A top focus is the creative economy.  The following creative economy strategies are based in large part on the study we completed with the Mississippi Development Authority and the Mississippi Arts Commission Development. The reports are available here and more on the effort is on the Mississippi Creative economy website.


  • Support the goals in the report, Mississippi’s Creative Economy, released by the Mississippi Arts Commission with the Mississippi Development Authority:
    • Facilitate efforts that make communities throughout the state more creative and vibrant.
    • Promote entrepreneurship and small business growth among creative firms.
    • Help communities preserve and generate added value from cultural and historic heritage.
    • Enhance the competitiveness of the state’s businesses and industries through increased use of art and design.
    • Enhance the support and networking infrastructure for creative talent across the state.
    • Build capacity to grow and retain creative talent living and working in Mississippi.
  • Develop tools and strategies to support growth throughout the tourism industry.

New CraftNet Sketches released!

Monday, April 4th, 2011

CraftNet is an international alliance of community colleges, created and supported by RTS, in North America, Europe, and Africa that work together to enhance their own arts and crafts-based teaching programs and to develop local and regional artisan-based economies. Please go to to learn more about this exciting network.

Monthly, RTS publishes a newsleter, CraftNet Sketches, highlighting the network’s recent activities including the efforts of member colleges. The most recent edition highlights Haywood Community College and Western Piedmont Community College in North Carolina, the Montana Arts Council, and Hazard Community College’s Kentucky School of Craft. In addition the issue describes some recent events and news of interest and profiles CraftNet member Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology’s Furniture College at Letterfrack, Ireland. Click here to download the issue. All past issues are available on the RTS website.

Supporting Sustainable Communities: Opportunities and Challenges for Community Colleges

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

With sustainability and green energy set to play a critical role in the growth of our national economy, community colleges represent a way to meet the needs of local businesses and residents.  Join experts and practitioners from the U.S. and Europe in Asheville on April 26-27 as they highlight expanded roles for colleges in educating students, businesses, and communities about and for economic opportunities in renewable energy, conservation, ecotourism, and local sustainable agriculture and manufacturing.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Skills for new green-oriented industries and for sustainable practices in other sectors
  • Enhancing local and sustainable agriculture, natural resources, and crafts
  • “Green thinking” in all programs
  • Making campuses models of sustainability

For more information including information about registration and scheduled speakers, see May 2010 TA3 News Post here.

CraftNet Global is On Line!

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

CraftNet, a network of community colleges supporting the creative economy, now has an exciting new home on the internet. offers  information abot the many exciting programs offered by the network.  Of special interest is the new ECommerce for Artists curriculum that serves as an introductory guide to help artists establish and sustain an entrepreneurial Web presence.  The curriculum was developed collaboratively by CraftNet member organizations and artists and funded with the support of the Appalachian Regional Commission.

New NGA Report Highlights RTS’ Work in the Creative Economy

Friday, January 16th, 2009

The National Governor’s Association report Using Arts and Culture to Stimulate State Economic Development provides the nation’s governors with ” examples from states across the country to help governors incorporate the arts and culture into their long-term economic development strategies.”  RTS’ work in Arkansas and North Carolina is featured prominently in the work.  The work specifically mentions RTS’ approach of using case studies as a way to ” provide powerful insight into a state’s cultural industries, illuminating the economic impact of specific industries, the relationships between various businesses and occupations, and the needs of various economic clusters.  The report can be downloaded from NGA’s site here.

CraftNet Sketches

Monday, December 29th, 2008

Our latest edition of CraftNet Sketches has arrived.  Sketches is our way to keep you up to date on the goings-on of CraftNet, a network of community college’s who are collaborating together to create innovative approaches to using artisan-based strengths as a way to foster economic development.  In this issue of Sketches, we highlight Berea College’s E-Commerce program that is helping student artists find a new marketplace for their work. We also focus on the upcoming Craft Organization Development Association annual meeting in St. Paul, which will feature the public debut of CraftNet’s E-Commerce Curriculum.  We also use this issue of Sketches to welcome CraftNet’s newest member Flathead Valley Community College located in Kalispell, Montana.  You can read all about CraftNet and download past issues of Sketches here.