How to be the best craft room in CT: The CT Craft Room
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Crittenden and colleagues describe a “craft room culture,” in which craft is the primary focus of social interaction and interaction is encouraged.
Craft is central to the culture, they write, and is important to the identity of the group, the overall experience of the social scene, and its capacity to facilitate the creation of new ideas.
Crafts, the authors write, are “an important source of social capital for individuals and groups.”
Craft is also important for the health of the community and for the economy, the researchers write, because it helps to preserve and foster social capital, particularly among youth.
Craft provides opportunities for individuals to participate in the broader society.
Craft has been a part of the CT experience since the first settlers arrived here.
Craft can be a powerful tool for community building, the CT Craft room study notes, as it “provides a means for social cohesion and a means to engage in the social exchange of ideas.”
Craft also has a powerful impact on the cultural identity of a community.
“In this sense, craft is part of our shared history, tradition, and identity,” the authors conclude.
The study’s authors also note that “many craft-related businesses exist, in some form, throughout the CT region,” including “dining and retail establishments and craft-oriented businesses that specialize in specialty products such as wine, artisanal cheeses, and artisanal food.”
Craft has a strong impact on community development, the study concludes.
“As craft becomes more important to everyday life, it becomes less acceptable to have a place where you can’t engage in any form of commercial activity,” Crittendsen writes.
“Craft has been integral to the community’s growth, as well as the economy.”
The authors’ findings suggest that, in addition to providing social capital and cultural identity, craft offers an important source for economic development.
As a result, CT has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, according to the Economic Policy Institute.
Craft is an important economic driver, the report notes, and the CT craft room, like many other areas, is experiencing a resurgence.
The authors write that the CT area has experienced a “substantial growth in the number of craft breweries and cideries over the past few years, and this growth is expected to continue into the future.”
The CT craftroom study has been published in the Journal of Commerce.
The authors are Laura Crittender, Jonathan Crittende and Elizabeth Harkins.
The CT Economic Development Foundation is the sponsor of this story.
Crittenden and colleagues describe a “craft room culture,” in which craft is the primary focus of social interaction and interaction…
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