The 66 year old American Craft Council recently announced that they are moving their offices in New York City to Minneapolis. "The Council is proud to have been headquartered in New York for 66 years, but the high cost of doing business in the city is not a sustainable financial model for our organization given the current economic climate," said ACC Board Chair Leilani Duke in a press release.
For 23 years the ACC has held one of their signature fine craft fairs in St. Paul. Currently the Council is seeking offices in Minneapolis with a plan to move there in July 2010.
In years past the ACC has ruled the fine craft world with artists careers (and sales) rising and falling with their participation in its fairs. Times have been tough though. The ACC's prestige has slipped with many artists pointing out bad management of the once stellar organization. This year they dropped their Sarasota and Charlotte events.
Here's wishing them well in Minnesota. An environment that is very hospitable to the arts.