Fall 2018 — Beaver Nation is a bustling community that offers abundant opportunities for growth, academic exploration and personal development. Whether students are studying for midterms in the library, creating inclusive communities based on shared interests, researching innovative solutions to complex problems or challenging the norm with new ideas, the Oregon State campus is a hub of activity.
The basement level of the Student Experience Center is no different — housing a thriving atmosphere of innovation, creativity and passion. The Craft Center provides a positive environment for students, staff/faculty and community members to express their unique creativity. This community art studio offers instructional classes for artists of all skill levels and facilitates engagement with different artistic media, like woodworking, glass, fiber arts, digital art and ceramics.
The Craft Center is eager to offer these resources to a larger population of students. Susan Bourque, the Craft Center's managing director, says “the number one impediment to participation in our programs was a financial one. This was an issue of equity we wanted to address.”
As a part of Student Experiences and Engagement, the Craft Center has been able to acquire the support and revenue to provide free membership to students and add additional free checkout supplies. The Craft Center has also continued to expand their Free Craft Wellness series; one instance is by increasing the series from three to five days a week. The expanded craft series and membership will support students who may be lacking funds to purchase materials or attend a class.
Beavers pride themselves on creativity and innovative thinking. By dismantling financial barriers to creative engagement, the Craft Center is enabling current students to build connections and incorporate stress management into their hectic lifestyles.
The Craft Center membership will remain free for fee-paying students.