July 20–October 7, 2018

Fourteen artists from across the country use their work to respond to the issues of shelter—global and local, public and private; organized by the Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh.

Shelter is universally identified as a basic human right, yet refuge and protection are out of reach for millions of people worldwide. How does lack of safety and security, from the physical elements as well as unseen external dangers, affect our psyche and ability to live and flourish? Shelter provides a forum for craft artists’ responses to issues of shelter—global and local, public and private.

Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home: Exhibition Events

Opening Reception
July 20, 6-8 pm
Visit with representatives from area social service organizations, including the YWCA Family Shelter and Rebuilding Together Central Ohio. 

Ongoing Service Projects
Through October 7
Donation Drive: We are collecting toiletries of all sizes, cold-weather outerwear (hats, scarves and gloves), bedding and school supplies.  Click here for a full list of items and our partner organizations. Please bring these items in to the museum during regular business hours through October 7th. 

Hands-On Service Projects: Stop in our new exhibition space to help make fleece blankets, plastic bed rolls, wooden house ornaments and more. Suitable for all ages. Funded in part by a Franklin County Neighborhood Arts Grant. 

DIY: Shadowbox Shelter
September 13 • 6:30–8:30 pm
Fee: $25   Pre-registration required. Register at ohiocraft.org/education (registration date TBD).
Kate Gorman, fiber artist and educator, will guide participants in creating a small fiber piece inspired by the idea of shelter or home, using dyed and printed linen, fusible webbing and thread. Participants will finish with their piece mounted into a shadow box.

Hand in Hand Family Workshop: Building Community Brick by Brick 
October 7 • 1:00–2:00 pm
Free; pre-registration required.  Register at ohiocraft.org/education (registration date TBD).
A child and their favorite adult are invited to paint a brick together with images or words of welcome, encouragement, gardening or other positive messages. The finished project can serve as outdoor or indoor art.

Crafting for Community Evening Service Events
Wednesday, September 26th or Wednesday, October 3rd
Free, registration requested
Stop in to help cut plastic yarn for bedrolls to donate to the Columbus Coalition for the Homeless. Or, learn to crochet or knit plastic with large hooks and needles, turning grocery bags into bedrolls to donate. Funded in part by a Franklin County Neighborhood Arts Grant.

Audio Described Touch Tours for Guests with Visual Impairments
Tuesday, September 25th
6:30-7:30 pm
Free, registration required. Click here to register.
Designated for visitors with visual impairments and their companions, the tour offers the ability to experience the richness and diversity of the works on display. The guide, Jane Ehrenfeld, will combine verbal descriptions of the works with the tactile experience of touching samples of materials, facsimiles or the artworks themselves. For more information and to be added to the mailing list for these kinds of programs, email mmoriarty@ohiocraft.org. Funded by Eye Designs of Grandview.

Traveling Exhibition: Crafting Conversation with the Images of Shelter
Upon request
Let the Ohio Craft Museum come to you! An outreach representative will visit senior centers, nursing homes and other community centers to discuss the art on view with a slideshow presentation. Email mmoriarty@ohiocraft.org for more information