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The World Craft Council (WCC) was founded in 1964 and is an international, non-governmental, non-profit organization recognized by UNESCO (The United Nations). Its general objective is to strengthen the status of crafts as a vital part of cultural and economic life, to promote a sense of fellowship among the craftspeople of the world and to offer them encouragement, help and advice. World Crafts Council is composed of five Regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America.
Any institution, organization or individual from countries within North America and the Caribbean that are involved in promotion, development and encouragement of craft in their respective countries are eligible for membership in the WCC-North America.
Membership in the World Craft Council’s North American chapter comes with access to:
There are five categories of membership under the WCC North America:
Membership of WCC-North America is also open to individual craftspeople throughout North America who are willing to support the aims of the WCC-North America.
An Individual Member (a Friend of WCC-North America) is a person who is a practicing craftsperson, a worker in the area of crafts, and/or a supporter of crafts development, and who accepts to promote the principles and objectives of World Crafts Council North American Region. Individual Members do not have voting rights but may post their work and information on the site at no additional charge. The cost of becoming an Individual member of the WCC-North America is an annual fee of $50. Join Now
Membership in the WCC-North America is also open to organizations in North America in the form of Associate membership. These members represent crafts or some specific sector of crafts and have similar rights and privileges as National Entities with one major difference. Associate members may participate in General Assemblies but do not have the right to vote. The cost of becoming an Associate member is an annual fee of $100.
Membership of WCC-North America is now open to organizations, institutions, companies, or individuals who are willing to support the activities of WCC-North America by significant assistance or sponsorship in the amount of $1500 or more. The benefits of becoming a Sponsor member are a free subscription to American Craft Magazine, an annual holiday gift, and a listing on our recognition page.
Full membership to the WCC-North America is available in the form of a National Entity member. This option is open to organizations in North America and the Caribbean which best represent the crafts within their respective countries. Each National Entity member sends a National Delegate (who has the right to vote) to the General Assembly. The primary aim of National Entity members is to encourage the crafts and adopt the principles of the Council. Only two National Entity Members from any country may be a member of the Council with full voting privileges. National Entity members must be approved by the President of the WCC-North America, Cindy Bowden. The cost of becoming a National Entity member is an annual fee of $200.
An Honorary Member is recommended by a National Entity and admitted by vote of the General Assembly. Honorary Members do not pay fees and do not have voting rights.
Design Caribbean is the region’s largest trade show displaying the Caribbean’s finest handmade designs and innovative products onto the world stage.
Encapsulating the spirit of design to celebrate the ‘beautiful,’ our event took place in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic from Sept. 1-4, 2011. Showcasing a broad product range of handmade quality products, it connected artists to buyers, and design enthusiasts from the Caribbean region, North America and Europe.
The Design Carribean competition aimed to highlight the best designs and design-oriented products at the show. It is a celebration of innovation, design and creativity. There is no entry requirement as all exhibitors are automatically considered for the prize. The works on exhibit at Design Caribbean will have been pre-screened as made in the Caribbean and resulting from the transformation of a raw material by the artisan. Only products on display at Design Caribbean can be considered.
A prominent panel of four judges selected the winners. Cindy Bowden, lead judge, is the President of the World Craft Council of North America, one of the 5 hemispheres represented in the World Craft Council. Jenny Polanco, Dominican fashion designer in Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Paris and New York. Kenneth Montague, Toronto based art collector, and founder and director of Wedge Curatorial Projects and Milo D. Pickney of Yellow Llama.
Cindy Bowden – PresidentNorth American Representative 1246 Fork Creek Trail Decatur GA 30033 Cell: (404) 213-1864 Email: Bowden.Cindy.W@gmail.com