Grants Help the Weavers Guild of Minnesota to Grow
|The Textile Center in Minneapolis, home to the Weavers Guild of Minnesota. Photos courtesy of The Textile Center.|
|The Pat O'Connor Library at The Textile Center.|
|The Textile Center Shop carries a variety of juried artwork as well as workshop materials.|
This summer, The Weavers Guild of Minnesota received two grant awards. Linda Hanson, the guild's Education Director, announced the news on the WGM website. "The Elmer L. & Eleanor J. Andersen Foundation approved $1,000 in support of general operations and the Smith Foundation contributed $4,000 in support of educational programming." With the help of generous foundations, the guild continues to support the creative development of its members by providing resources such as textile tools and a large library, in addition to many learning opportunities through workshops and conferences.
The Textile Center, home to the Weavers Guild of Minnesota since 2001, holds workshops, hosts exhibitions, and operates a retail store. Acting as an umbrella organization, The Textile Center brings related groups together—from the Minnesota Society of Costumers to the Duluth Fiber Handcrafters. Through their involvement in the Textile Center, thirty-five textile arts groups work to "bring validation and visibility to this field of art."
Hilma Berglund is credited with bringing together a group of textile artists that would later become the Weavers Guild of Minnesota in 1940. Later that year, they hosted a two-week institute with Mary Meigs Atwater. Since then, the group's focus has grown to include spinning, felting, dyeing, and more.