Craft as a Positive, Guiding Force
by Lena Vigna

The American Craft Council’s 2019 conference, Present Tense , was identified at the outset as a “national conversation on craft in an increasingly tense and complex present.” This theory turned into practice meant an ambitious schedule of lecture hall panels punctuated with “Object Story” interludes; tours to area galleries, art schools, and other places; workshops that encouraged making as a catalyst to action and community-building; and social gatherings. The conference took place October 10–12, 2019.