MISSION + VISION
Textile Arts Center aspires to unite and empower the textile community, and advocate for the handmade.
Textile Arts Center (TAC) is a NYC-based resource facility dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of textiles through creative educational programs for children and adults. At TAC, we aspire to unite the textile community and advocate for the handmade by providing accessible, skills-based classes that reinvigorate engagement with traditional crafts. Techniques like weaving, sewing, and dyeing are practical, connective, and process-driven -- common denominators for designers, artists, and creative practitioners around the world. Because these activities are so widely used, they help to foster community and bring creativity back into our daily lives. They are part of our collective history and vital to our ongoing expressions of design, art, and culture.
We appreciate the unique values of textile arts and want to expand opportunities for new practitioners to engage with the medium. Participatory learning is the foundation of our model and enables students from all backgrounds to make meaningful contributions to a growing community of fiber artists. Workshops, courses, events, and special programs at TAC allow professionals and novices alike to explore their creative ingenuity through handcraft processes. By engaging with groups ranging from newcomers to experts, we increase the positive social impact of textile arts and nurture innovations and leadership in the field.
Textile Arts Center was founded in 2009 in Brooklyn, NY. Its main workshop hosts youth and adult programs in a wide range of media. The Brooklyn location also houses the Artists in Residency program, and is home to Sewing Seeds, a program dedicated to the dissemination of accurate information on natural dyes.
In 2011, TAC opened the doors of its Manhattan studio, which hosts youth and adult programs, as well as textile-related events.
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