What We Do

The OSU Craft Center offers well equipped studios and classes in the following areas: Ceramics, Glass, Woodworking, Fibers, Pen & Paper and Jewelry/Metals. Membership is open to OSU students, faculty, staff and the general public. All levels are welcome from beginner to advanced. Classes are taught by skilled artists & craft persons, with an emphasis on quality small group instruction and individual attention. Come learn, explore and create in a warm and friendly environment! Student groups, clubs, and orgs. and departments can arrange for a engaging, community-building craft activity and/or meaningful collaboration with us. Leverage our expertise and technical support to enhance your programming.

Our Mission & Vision

To support and promote a creative outlet of expression and an enriched experiential learning experience where students and other members of the University community can foster their own creativity.

The Craft Center provides opportunities for OSU Students to engage their hearts and minds in the pursuit of self-discovery and self-expression. We provide tools that will enhance their ability to navigate and make contributions in their future lives. We recognize the importance of fostering an environment that supports people's pathway toward achieving meaningful and fulfilling lives through discovery of what is important to them and the enhancement of their experiences. We are committed to having the OSU Craft Center be a welcoming, inclusive and equitable creative resource for all OSU Students.

With well-equipped studios and an extensive series of workshops and classes in the handcrafted/visual arts, the Craft Center complements and augments the educational opportunities available at Oregon State University.

Goals

  • Experiential Learning: We create enriching hands-on learning opportunities
  • Wellness: We provide an environment and activities that foster the well-being of students
  • Leadership: We create opportunities for students to learn, lead and teach others
  • Community: We provide an engaging, welcoming and inclusive environment where creative thinkers can find community

Inclusive Excellence Goals

  • The OSU Craft Center integrates and advances inclusive excellence within all aspects of its programming, hiring and operations. Our staff values and provides service to a rich diversity of community members that include: OSU students, faculty, staff, alumni, and general public community participants. We are committed to creating a welcoming environment where individuals feel valued, listened to, personally safe and treated with fairness and dignity. Equitable access and opportunity for all students to use and benefit from our programming has become a priority and major revision to our structural model (from a small business/pay to play model to a community based model).
  • The OSU Craft Center is committed to improve recruitment of students and employees from underrepresented communities. Aligned with the University, we are an equal opportunity employer that is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. We review our hiring practices to identify and remove barriers to employment, when possible/applicable, we form diverse search committees, and we actively seeking candidates from underrepresented groups for Craft Center positions.
  • The OSU Craft Center is committed to creating an inclusive climate that supports the retention and success of ALL students and employees. We design programming specifically to meet the needs of a diverse campus; whether championing social causes, celebrating cultural diversity, building community and a climate of acceptance, valuing community service and giving back, etc.. We partner and listen to the goals and desired outcome of our partners to best leverage our expertise and the services we can provide to enhance their programming.
  • We provide innovative and transformative learning experiences, particularly in our collaborative programming, that enable our staff, student employees and those they work with to advance inclusivity and expand their awareness and understanding of others and their experiences.
  • Through its programs and collaborations, the OSU Craft Center strives to be a strong representative for demonstrating Oregon State’s accomplishments, initiatives and innovations as the university advances inclusive excellence.