New centre will grow Island’s craft businesses
A year-round, multipurpose facility will promote Prince Edward Island’s fine craft to markets near and far, helping businesses grow and the industry expand.
The PEI Centre for Craft will raise public awareness and understanding of fine craft, increase educational opportunities, access to export markets, and employment opportunities for the Island’s craft industry. The provincial government will invest $115,000 in the new centre located at 98 Water Street, which will have its grand opening on Tuesday, June 5.
“Culture grows and thrives through collaboration, and the PEI Centre for Craft will allow craftspeople to meet, mentor, and network -- while providing a space for their craft to be enjoyed by Islanders and visitors alike,” Education, Early Learning and Culture Minister Jordan Brown said. “It exemplifies what makes Prince Edward Island mighty – that Islanders use our province’s size and interconnectedness to our advantage, working together to accomplish great things.”
The centre will offer a series of short courses and workshops that will increase skills for professional craftspeople in business management and growth. There will be technical and advanced training available in disciplines such as pottery, silversmith, glass, and textiles.
“One of the major goals of our Culture Action Plan is to grow the economy by boosting our cultural industries and transforming how we support them,” Economic Development and Tourism Minister Chris Palmer said. “The PEI Centre for Craft provides a space for craftspeople to showcase their talent, learn and develop their skills, and collaborate with other artisans to raise the profile of their work."
A key item from the Culture Action Plan was to invest in a craft development centre partnership with the PEI Crafts Council. The action plan will see over $1.45 million invested to support culture in the 2018-2019 provincial budget.
“The PEI Centre for Craft will offer great opportunity to both the current and future generations of Island craft makers,” said Lily Reaman, executive director of the PEI Crafts Council. “We are incredibly thankful that the craft industry was recognized in the PEI Culture Action Plan and that government recognizes the importance of craft to the economy and culture of our province.”