Berea College Student Craft began in 1893 as President William G. Frost increased his engagement with and understanding of the Appalachian region. Today, Student Craft continues to support Berea College’s 8th Great Commitment. One of the ways we do that is through the Craft Education and Outreach Program (CEOP) directed by Steve Davis-Rosenbaum. Originally an in-person experience that served schools in adjacent counties, COVID-19 demanded a pivot to mostly online programming.
Through careful planning and thoughtful strategy, Steve and his team of outreach students have found an unexpected silver lining: the ability to engage students in schools well beyond nearby counties. During the 2021-22 academic year, for example, the CEOP team organized 64 virtual sessions with 815 students throughout the Appalachian region participating either at home or in the classroom. To further facilitate engagement between students and their classroom teachers, the team mailed 1,104 “craft kits” with detailed instructions to schools, allowing students to work hands-on with their classroom teachers in school districts that lacked budgets for art supplies.
Emily ’24 is an English major who led a virtual craft workshop from campus for students in Eastern Kentucky.Scroll Down
Student Isabella ’23, an Education Studies major, designed the woven Bell Patch series as a celebration of her family’s Appalachian tradition of quilt making. Isabella’s design work has been added to the catalog of MillerKnoll’s Design Within Reach and will be distributed through our partnership beginning in spring 2023.
Bell Patch Placemat
Isabella celebrated that in this collection by allowing each student weaver to have an impact on the outcome of each piece that is woven. Bell is the middle name of Isabella’s great grandmother, who was a strong presence in her family and a passionate quilter. 19.5″ x 13.5″ inches