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American Craft Week
posted: Monday, October 17, 2011  Post Comment

October 7 through 16 was American Craft Week and businesses in Iowa City†did their part to celebrate handmade objects in our neighborhood. Specific businesses†who participated†are Iowa Artisans Gallery, the Chait Galleries, AKAR, and the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Centerís Old Post Office Gallery. When we think about art it's easy to think about the "big" places like The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Louvre, Broadway, and the New York City Ballet. In reality, you don't have to go very far to find great art. Right here on ICCA's website you can find many events happening each day that showcase great art in the Corridor, and if you go to any of these events, you'll find many talented local artists. These artists made a choice to live and work in the Corridor versus a "big" place.

Living and working in the Corridor is a wonderful opportunity for local artists and a great benefit to our community. Artists receive a welcoming community interested in their work, and the community has the luxury of great art happening right outside its back door. American Craft Week is a great opportunity to become introduced to the art happening around you. If you live in the Iowa City area, check out what art is on display in local businesses. If you live outside Iowa City, make a point to find out about an artist in your community and how you can support him or her. Or if you are an artist, think of ways you can connect with your own community using your artwork.

If you're interested in crafts or handmade items, you can also check out the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art's exhibition of A Show of Hands: Ceramics from the Collection. October is also Arts and Humanities Month, which is just another reason to appreciate the art around us.

--Ash Bruxvoort, ICCA Marketing and Communications Intern

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