HISTORY OF THE CRAFTSHOP

At a period of time when there were over two hundred student unions with craft centers around the country and with the enthusiastic backing of Earl Pond and other student union departmental directors, the Idaho State University Craft Shop was established; opening its doors to students, faculty, staff, and the community seven days a week, starting November 3, 1971, under the direction of Brian Mills.
Mills directed the Craft Shop for approximately six years, followed by Margo Proksa for six more years until 1984, when assistant director Phyllis Anderson took over as director in 1984. When she retired in 1998, her assistant director, Phil Jenkins, became the director and maintains the position to the present day.
Through the years, the Craft Shop became more recognized as a university relations and outreach program while hosting an NCCA conference on the role of craft centers, a western states conference on Art Materials and Health Hazards supported in part by several grants, including grants from the Idaho Commission of the Arts, and a regional ACUI conference. The Craft Shop also supported Vacation College during the 1980s, which was a part of the Continuing Education Outreach Program, and the Special Olympics.
The Craft Shop continues to participate in the Continuing Education Outreach program through workshops and demonstrations featuring numerous diverse artists and artisans provided upon request from ISU departments, student organizations, private and public schools, church, and social groups. We believe these contributions have helped the Craft Shop stay active. Currently, there are less than a handful of craft centers still active in the United States with the Idaho State University Craft Shop being one of the most active.

Mission Statement:

The Craft Shop has a special commitment to serve ISU students and enrich the campus community. We are willing and able to share our resources and talents. We enjoy and strive to put forth our best efforts in cooperative ventures for the good of the campus and the community in general.

Charitable Gifts:

The following is a list of supplies that are provided to clients but are not charged for. Even small donations can help defray the cost of these items.

Idaho State University Craft Shop Charitable Gift Opportunities

A $10 donation will buy:

A $25 donation will buy

A $50 donation will buy

A $75 donation will buy

A $100 donation will buy

A $1500 donation will buy

All donations will be accepted no matter how big or how small.

 


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