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  • 1.  Student Union Craft Centers

    Posted 22 days ago

    Hello All,

    I work for the Arts & Crafts Center located in the Reitz Union at the University of Florida. We are a community art studio providing instruction on ceramics, metalsmithing, painting and various other mediums. We also run a paint-a-pot studio. I'm looking to connect with other craft centers located in student unions-there aren't many of us left! I'd like to share information and resources on programming arts and crafts events for students. In particular, I'm interested in the mix of paid services (i.e. paint-a-pot, classes, memberships) and free student programs. I'm also really interested in your assessment practices. Basically, I'd like to know how many of us are out there what kinds of things we are doing!

    Thanks so much,

    Mariana Baquero
    Arts Specialist
    Reitz Union Arts & Crafts Center
    mbaquero@ufl.edu
    union.ufl.edu/acc



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    Mariana Baquero
    University of Florida
    Gainesville FL
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  • 2.  RE: Student Union Craft Centers

    Posted 20 days ago
    I'd be interested in this conversation.  I'm at James Madison University.  We don't have a craft center but our craft events are very popular and its an area I want to grow.  I know Penn State University has a very successful Arts and Crafts Center run by Stephanie Gush.  I don't know if she follows ACUI posts.  I'd recommend reaching out to her.  Maybe a zoom conversation for all interested?

    Her email address is: seg130@psu.edu.

    Jen Grossman Leopard


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    Jennifer Grossman Leopard
    Director, Student Life
    James Madison University
    Harrisonburg VA
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  • 3.  RE: Student Union Craft Centers

    Posted 19 days ago
    Hi Jen--a zoom call is a great idea! I've received some messages from others interested in a conversation. I'll put a participant list together and send an email out to see if we can schedule a call.

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    Mariana Baquero
    University of Florida
    Gainesville FL
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  • 4.  RE: Student Union Craft Centers

    Posted 16 days ago
    Hello Mariana-

    Norris University Center still has a vibrant arts program. I'm giving you a couple of names you can reach out to, as well as a link to some basic info: https://www.northwestern.edu/norris/arts-recreation/index.html

    Debra Blade - Norris Assistant Director
    d-blade@northwestern.edu
    847-491-2307

    Rachel "Ranch" Ward - Ceramic Technician
    rachel.ward1@northwestern.edu
    847-491-2344

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    Corbin Smyth
    Director, Norris University Center
    University of Minnesota–Duluth
    Duluth MN
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  • 5.  RE: Student Union Craft Centers

    Posted 16 days ago
    Hi Corbin--thanks so much! I will reach out to Debra and Rachel.

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    Mariana Baquero
    Arts Specialist/Program Assistant
    University of Florida
    Gainesville FL
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