At our core New Craft Coalition is a group of two artists
working together to make a difference in our creative community.
We are makers, moms, entrepreneurs and firm believers in the power of art,craft + design to change not
only our communities, but the world. Our current mission is to bring a carefully curated collection of
independently produced, Canadian art, craft + design to the people of Calgary twice annually, with other
plans unfolding all the time!
We are inspired to:
- Create cultural events that provide the stage for quality makers to meet their audience and attract
patrons that can understand and appreciate the intent and value of the work presented.
- Build community by introducing makers to makers; makers to supporters,arts advocates to members
of the creative community, and small businesses to new opportunities through our events.
- Foster the local economy by advocating for support of small and independent creative businesses
and facilitating relationships that extend beyond our events.
- Support the development and ongoing sustainability of the independent maker by providing a
professional context for their art, craft and/or design, as well as an environment that encourages
sharing with and learning from peers.
Laura Sharp and Natalie Gerber are all alumni of the Alberta College of Art + Design, where their common
intrigue with the intersection between creativity and small business was sparked. The New Craft Coalition
was born out of this ongoing dialogue that is always evolving.