World Crafts Council President Rosy Greenlees Explains Her Mission and Passion

The World Crafts Council is a national organization promoting the value of craft and making to society, supporting thousands of makers across the world. This is done through development programs by bringing high-quality craft to an annual audience of over 3 million through its exhibitions, collections, and events. It also leads a national campaign for re-instating craft education in schools. President Rosy Greenlees, OBE, is president of the Crafts Council and a member of the Creative Industries Council. She has also been the Executive Director of the U.K.’s Crafts Council since 2006.

The World Crafts Council is a non-profit, non-governmental organization and was founded in 1964 by Aileen Osborn Webb, Margaret Patch and Kamaladevi Chattopadhay. As a UNESCO affiliate, WCC has a mission to promote fellowship, organize exchange programs, workshops, conferences, seminars, exhibitions, and more for all the craftsmen of the world. It reaches 5 different regions: Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America and is prominent in cities like Artigas, Bornholm, Mahabalipuram, Tripoli, and many more!

Rosy spent her early career as a visual arts curator before taking on senior roles including Cultural Strategy Manager responsible for the Mayor of London’s first culture strategy, and founder Director of the London Centre for Arts and Cultural Enterprise.

I think you’ll enjoy this conversation, in which Rosy explains how craft artisans and makers are sparking innovation in the realms of science and technology and shares her outspoken views on the decline of making in schools, and a failure of parents and educational systems to encourage children to think with their hands as well as their heads.  Tune in!

More information on the World Crafts Council can be found here.

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