CAN Online Retreat September 18 - 20

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Creative Advocacy & Networking ONLINE Retreat


September 18 - 20
Online Retreat

The CAN Retreat is a professional development event focused on promoting the success of businesses owned by racial and ethnic minority artists in our community. The retreat is organized and lead by BIPOC fiber workers, and is designed specifically for members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups who work or want to work in the fiber industry; those who are focused on wool work, handcrafts, and the teaching of these disciplines. The CAN Retreat is: a connection point, an empowerment center, a starting point, a safe space, an access point.


Featuring presentations from Anne Choi, Marceline Smith, Sylvia Watts-Cherry, Karida Collins and Nancy Ricci, and special guest sessions with: Stephen & Penelope, La Bien Aimee, Taproot Magazine, Stitches Enterprises, and many others.

Weekend Workshop Sessions include:

Thinking Like a Business: Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail
Keeping the Flame Alive: Social Media and Networking
Navigating Submissions for Publications & Applying to Teach
Business in Community: Collaborations and Mentorship
Finding Your Home In Your Business

The 2020 CAN Retreat will be held as an online retreat, offering a mix of presentations, discussion sessions, and Q&A. We'll begin our community building in late summer, with a craft-along kit mailed to each participant. The retreat event kicks off Friday, September 18 with a virtual meetup with our special guests. The Saturday sessions will run from 9am to 7:00 p.m. EST, and we'll wrap up with a Sunday morning session and virtual brunch.

The Retreat Project Partners are Anne Choi, Marceline Smith, and Sylvia Watts-Cherry. We are women business owners with multi-level lived experiences as minorities in our community. We identify with those who have been challenged to own and run businesses within our communities because of limited access to opportunities. We are racial/ethnic minorities, we are immigrants/of immigrant descent. We represent a very small percentage of fiber arts teachers, designers and fiber producers and see a great need to advance businesses that match these elements within the community.

Positive change toward greater diversity in our community and better access should come from within the minority community, and we believe that certain elements of change should be led by members of underrepresented groups. Join us!

We're grateful for our industry sponsors, whose support and encouragement allow us to turn our dreams into action.