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Crafting the Future: The State of Craft Education in Vermont

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February 28: 7:00 pm

Vermont has a long tradition of valuing the crafts, from fiber arts to woodworking and beyond. But now that we’re living in an ever-changing technological and professional landscape, where does that leave room for hands-on education in traditional trades and crafts? Britton Rogers, Executive Director of Yestermorrow, and Catherine Emil, Director of Vermont Woodworking School, will spend this hour discussing why craft education matters more than ever in the state of Vermont and the broader landscape.

This event is presented virtually in partnership with the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum.


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About the Presenters


Catherine Emil in a black and white photo looking at the camera, with long hair and a sleeveless topCatherine Emil is the Director of the Vermont Woodworking School where she is dedicated to ensuring that all students get a top-notch education and leave school with a love of woodworking. In addition to her work at the school, she co-founded and still runs Towards Nightfall, a furniture company that builds contemporary, high-quality custom wood furniture for both residential and commercial clients, and serves as a board member on the Vermont Wood Works Council. Before moving to Vermont to attend the Vermont Woodworking School as a student, Catherine worked in the cultural sector in New York City. She graduated from Dartmouth College.


Britton Rogers stands in front of a book case in a navy sweater and blue collared shirt, smilingWith a Bachelor of Architecture from UT Austin, Britton Rogers practiced architecture and environmental design in several firms. After licensing and LEED accreditation, Britton wanted more for the built environment, which led him to pursue a Certificate in Sustainable Building and Design at Yestermorrow, and a Master of Environmental Design from Yale. He examined urban and landscape history, including the reuse of abandoned buildings and toxic industrial landscapes. After graduating, Britton stayed at Yale to teach advanced design and urban history. In his practice today, Britton focuses on renovations and restorations, as well as designs for gardens and landscapes. He also writes about and photographs urban landscapes, infrastructure, and industrial relics. In addition to his practice and teaching, Britton serves on the board of directors of several community- and ecologically-focused non-profit organizations in Vermont and Connecticut​.








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February 28
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