Community Craft Collective
Started in January of 2012, the Community Craft Collective currently began with five artisans and a number of community members from Luther Place Church and Georgetown University. It grew out of a knitting and crochet circle at N Street Village, when several women came to realize that they could produce quality art that people love. What began as a collective of women experiencing homelessness has grown into a collective led by men, women, and youth experiencing economic hardship.
The Community Craft Collective meets regularly, and has developed a community agreement together to foster mutuality, accountability, and growth. It has become a community where people can teach and support each other while developing creative skills and it presents a source of income for members who go to sales events and farmers markets to showcase and sell their work. The CCC is a space for self-expression, support, and healing through art and the creative process. The artisans create art using recycled and new materials. Arts include jewelry, knitted & crocheted goods, artisan cards, painted jewelry boxes. The CCC is always creating new works of art.
Steinbruck Center groups meet with the Craft Collective to hear the inspiring story of the collective and meet our members, learn about alternative economic models and cooperatives, and view and purchase goods from the collective. There are also opportunities for collaborative projects between Steinbruck Center groups and the CCC. Additionally, groups often invite the Collective to join them for a meal during their stay.
Community volunteers can support the Community Craft Collective in a variety of ways. We are always looking for:
- Experienced crafters and craft sellers to work with members on display, pricing, inventory techniques and sales
- Mentors to work one-on-one with artists in the collective
- Spanish and English speakers to translate for meetings and sales
We are always looking for donations!