Craft, Arts, Culture and Heritage Practitioner

Survey and Directory

Purpose of the survey and directory

Craft, arts, culture and heritage activities contribute to the richness and vibrancy of our lives and the communities we in which we live.  These activities may provide a critical source of income for some individuals, while for others, the value goes beyond economic and provides deep, personal meaning, a valuable creative outlet, a vital lifeline to connect with our communities, a way to carry cultural knowledge forward, or may be a means to sustain, provide for ourselves and our families and much more. With this survey, we hope to elevate our understanding of the potential for these activities to improve our individual and community vitality and resilience.

This project contains two parts:

Part 1: The Survey– The survey is anonymous and is expected to take about 10 minutes to complete. It has two objectives:

      1. To gather information about the value and meaning of these activities to the people who practice them.
      2. To learn from this community about the potential for these activities to further improve lives, livelihoods and communities.

Part 2: The Directory – The directory will be a publicly available tool supporting local connections across these activities.  At the end of the survey is the option to  provide additional contact information to be included in a community resource directory.

The survey results will be published to this page and to those who opted-in to receiving the results via email through the survey.

Inquiries and feedback about the project are welcome by emailing:

Who should participate

We seek responses from anyone who is participating personally or professionally in the following general areas from any and all cultural or ethnic communities. We strongly encourage everyone participating in any of these activities to respond to the survey and consider participating in the directory.  These broad categories are open to change as we learn from community responses.   

Fiber Arts

  • Fiber processing/gathering
  • Weaving
  • Basketry
  • Sewing
  • Quilting
  • Knitting
  • Felting
  • Dyeing
  • Spinning
  • Embroidery and handsewing
  • Other/Specify


  • Wood turning
  • Furniture craft
  • Tool making and care
  • Traditional home/shelter building
  • Wood carving
  • Wooden boat building
  • Other/Specify

Ceramic Arts

  • Sculpting/hand building
  • Wheel throwing
  • Tile, mosaic
  • Ceramic painting, surface design
  • Other/Specify

Music and Dance

  • Acoustic, folks or traditional music or music festivals
  • Independent music, dance, or related festivals
  • Making and repairing musical instruments
  • Folk and traditional dance and/or dance festivals
  • Other/Specify

Jewelry Making

  • Beadwork
  • Metal work
  • Stonework
  • Other/Specify

Metal Arts

  • Welding
  • Blacksmithing
  • Silver and Goldsmithing
  • Forging
  • Other/Specify

Leather Craft

  • Dyeing/Painting
  • Molding/forming
  • Carving/stamping
  • Other/Specify

Stone Craft

  • Carving
  • Masonry
  • Lapidary
  • Other/Specify


  • Orienteering
  • Birding/ornithology
  • Native plants
  • Outdoor skills/safety
  • Ethnobotany
  • Other/Specify

Animal Husbandry

  • Food Production
  • Fiber Production
  • Other/Specify

Agriculture and Food

  • Home vegetable gardening
  • Home food preservation and storage
  • Cooking
  • Hunting, fishing or seafood gathering
  • Foraging, wild food preparation and preservation
  • Beekeeping
  • Wine/beer/spirits making
  • Cheese and dairy
  • Meat
  • Farming, agriculture or professional food-related business
  • Plant nursery, landscaping
  • Other/Specify

Storytelling (digital, performative, or written)

  • Writing
  • Cultural festivals
  • Film making/visual storytelling
  • History
  • Theater arts
  • Other/Specify

Language arts, heritage communication practices

  • Language practice or preservation
  • Storytelling
  • Oral history
  • Other/Specify

Book arts, paper craft or printing

  • Letterpress and printing
  • Book arts
  • Paper making
  • Other/Specify

Painting, drawing, calligraphy

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Calligraphy
  • Other/Specify

Natural or traditional health and medicinal arts

  • Other/Specify


  • Glass beadwork
  • Blown glass/art glass
  • Stained glass/mosaic
  • Other/Specify

Photography/Digital Arts

  • Photography
  • Digital art
  • Other/Specify


  • Other/Specify

Additional Categories

  • Other/Specify
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