Double your donation: support Craft ACT's Fifty@50

By Craft ACT: Craft & Design Centre

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As part of planning for our 50th anniversary, Craft ACT is thrilled to announce that we have received a matched funding grant from Creative Partnerships Australia’s Plus 1 program. Until December 2020, every dollar you donate will be doubled to ensure more artists, more audiences and more venues can be part of the CraftACT story for many more years.

Who We Are

For nearly 50 years, CraftACT has played a vital role in sustaining Australia’s high-quality studio practice and supporting craftspeople, designers and audiences.

You are a part of our story: whether you’re a designer, a maker, a collector, a colleague, an educator, a customer or visitor. CraftACT has touched the lives and built careers of thousands of people since we were established.

Support our community of contemporary jewelers, furniture-makers, ceramic and textiles artists, glass makers and designers and help us write the story of our next 50 years.

Alison Jackson is part of our story:

Why Is This Important?

As CraftACT moves towards its 50th anniversary, we are determined to secure our future and the vitality and practice of the craftspeople, designers and audiences who form our vibrant community – locally, nationally and internationally.

The projects which result from this matched funding campaign will grow the design craft sector and ensure the practice of craftspeople and designers exist into the future.

Having transformed CraftACT over the past three years into an agile organisation which supports entrepreneurship and enterprise development, we are in a strong position to build on our successes, forge greater international connections, foster innovation in artistic practice and build even greater community cohesion.

Any funds raised are tax deductible and help us to reach our goal of $50,000 dollars to ensure more artists, more audiences and more venues can be part of the CraftACT story for many more years.

CraftACT has Deductible Gifts Recipient status and donations over $2 are tax deductible.

A Little Bit About Our Project

Craft ACT hopes to raise $50,000 by our 50th anniversary, to secure our next 50 years.

That means, with the help of a Creative Partnerships Australia Plus1 grant, we hope to secure a total budget of $100,000.

It's an ambitious target, but we've devised a phased strategy of donations, board-led fundraising, a donor circle and new relationships with foundations, to help us achieve this goal by December 2020.

The first phase of our Fifty@50 campaign invites you to make a donation to help Craft ACT reach an $12,000 target.

Future Craft ($500-2,000 donations):
Your investment contributes additional funds to support the next generation of contemporary craftspeople through residencies, professional development and collaborations.

Craft Family (donate $1-499):
Don’t underestimate the power of a small donation, a little goes a VERY long way in the community arts sector.

In addtions to this fundrasier target Craft ACT has established a new donor circle.

Circle of Hands donor circle ($5000 donation):
The Circle of Hands donor circle is an opportunity to encourage a new annual exhibition and professional development program for Craft ACT which will encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration. Launching in Craft ACT’s 50th anniversary year, a craft practitioner will collaborate with another design discipline such as architecture, landscape design, graphic design or fashion, for instance. A curated exhibition will be the culmination of a year-long program of professional and artistic development opportunities and exchange to forge new directions in the creative industries. Donor circle members will help to select the craft practitioner and design collaborator each year. Membership of the donor circle is $5000 per person per annum.

Foundations and Funds ($12,000 target)

Craft ACT will reach out for funding from foundations and funds who share our commitment to the arts, sustainability, access, inclusion and embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practice into Australian arts and culture.

Creative Partnerships Australia will double what is raised through their Plus1 Program.

Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre acknowledges the Ngunnawal people as the traditional custodians of the ACT and surrounding areas. We honour and respect their ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to this country and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region. We also acknowledge other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples that have made Canberra their home and we aim to respect cultural heritage, customs and beliefs of all Indigenous peoples.

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