Crafting Futures was a three-year British Council global programme supporting the future of craft, its practices and people.
The Crafting Futures programme in Armenia was developed in partnership with Arts University Plymouth (AUP), the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of the Republic of Armenia, the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography NAS RA, the US Smithsonian Institution, the National Centre for Vocational Education and Training Development, Yerevan State College of Arts named after P. Terlemezian SNPO, the State Music College named after Romanos Melikyan SNPO and Lori Regional College with the following objectives:
- provide an increased understanding of craft production and its relationship with craft education in each country
- establish new educational provision to support the development of the craft sector in each country
- improve the viability and sustainability of the craft sector in each country through the provision of increased production, business and marketing skills for practitioners
- improve the international profile and reputation of the craft sector in each country.
These objectives were to be achieved through two parallel streams of work:
- Research into learning in the crafts: An examination of culturally specific pedagogic practices across both formal and informal sectors with a particular emphasis on inter-generational and home and community learning.
- Education: The creation of new learning tools and methods for education in the crafts, based on AUPs Creative Learning approach.