I am a student at the Craft Students League in New York City which is
losing its space in March and whose continued existence is under
serious threat due to current circumstances. Students and all those
involved w/ the CSL have been asked to come up with ideas, contacts,
anything that might help its continuity and I couldn’t think of a
better group to turn to then Orchid.
For over 75 years The Craft Students League has been home to all
types of crafts and craftspeople including jewelers, metalsmiths,
enamelists, ceramicists, glass workers, woodworkers, papermakers,
bookmakers, painters, mixed media artists and many others.
Professionals and dedicated enthusiasts alike have nutured their
skills in its classes.
For 30 years the Craft Students League has been based in the 53rd St.
YWCA in New York City. Unfortunately, the YWCA’s building has been
sold to developers and all classes end in mid-March. It is unclear
where the Y is going and regardless it appears that the Y will no
longer maintain its relationship w/ the CSL. The New York crafts
community and NYC itself will suffer a huge loss without the
wonderful service, community and space that the Craft Students League
If anyone knows of any space that might support a variety of crafts
people or would like to contribute time, money or ideas to help
support the CSL in its search for a new home, or to contribute to the
CSL’s new space when it finds one I believe the best contacts are
listed below. I am merely a student at CSL who thought Orchid and
other groups might be able to help. Please direct all your contacts
Fran Perrone, the Director of CSL 212-735-9730
Director, Jewelry and Metalsmithing
For those of you who are also on other chat groups or involved with
any other organizations or businesses that you believe might be able
to help please pass on this request.
Joel Elfman (student, CSL)