Penland School of Craft has a long history of craft education, drawing approximately 1400 students and 14,000 visitors annually. The school provides a space for craft artists to build community through its residential programs, workshops, and public programs. Penland has hosted prominent craft artists from the studio crafts movement in America. The school’s Jane Kessler Memorial Archives contain materials from 1920 to the present that document Penland’s important history. With NEH funding, Penland was able to digitize at-risk audio-visual media that document key moments in this history to add to its archival collection. This collection is now accessible to the public through Penland’s website and is a rich resource for researchers and those in the crafting community.
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