National Basketry Organization (NBO)
NBO's mission is to be a national, nonprofit educational organization designed to foster an environment in which both traditional and contemporary basketry are understood and valued as art forms. They seek to work in a collaborative atmosphere to pursue the highest levels of craftsmanship and creativity.
NBO was formed in 1999.
Calling all Basket Guilds:
These guilds are critical to the future of basketry. Guilds can do things a national organization can never do like providing educational opportunities all over the country all year round! But one thing NBO can do is help those guilds connect.
Last year NBO started offering free memberships to guilds and the number that have signed up is growing steadily. Now we are ready to take the next step. Later this spring we will be forming an advisory group of representatives of guilds from every region.
The purpose of this council will be to keep the board informed of what is going on in the guilds and of what NBO can do to strengthen and support guilds. We also hope the group will take on some specific tasks; perhaps, for example, a directory of instructors that we can put on the website. We would love to have a regular column on guild activity in the Quarterly Review and a guild-oriented feature in the newsletter.
And we are hoping that guilds will send us more photographs of their members’ work and of their workshops. Proud as we are of all these members who exhibit their work, we know lots of beautiful baskets are being made…and we want to see them!
Special sessions on guilds at the conference are a possibility as well as the development of other website services. Our goal is to find ways that guilds can learn from each other and share ideas.
Because this is a new group we will be interested in hearing how members want it to operate as it evolves. If your guild is a member, you will be getting information about how the council will operate and a request for nominations. The NBO Board will make the final selection to make sure we have people from all over with a variety of interests.
See: NBO Membershop
Following is an excerpt from NBO's 3rd newsletter:
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