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Avenir Museum Lecture Feb. 25

February 19, 2010

Mary Cockram from Aid to Artisans will speak at Colorado State University on Thursday, Feb. 25 about the successes and challenges that Aid to Artisans faces in artisan development worldwide.

Detail of Uzbek silk suzani embroidery. Image courtesy of the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising.

Thursday, Feb. 25
7-8 p.m.
Avenir Museum
136 UCA Annex (east of main UCA)

The Avenir Museum Lecture Series is typically held on the third Thursday of the month, but this spring the lectures are scheduled on “off” days in order to accommodate speaker schedules.

Lectures on Uzbekistan artisans

This spring the Avenir Museum in the Department of Design and Merchandising, College of Applied Human Sciences, is offering lectures featuring topics related to the exhibition, Silk Road Artisans of Uzbekistan.

All lectures are free and open to the public. No reservations are needed. The lectures take place at 7 p.m. at 136 University Center for the Arts Annex (east of the main UCA.)

Feb. 25: Mary Cockram, Aid to Artisans

Mary Cockram is senior director of programs for Aid to Artisans, a prominent U.S.-based organization involved in artisan development.

"ATA creates economic opportunities for artisans around the world where livelihoods, communities, and craft traditions are marginal or at risk. We blend a passion for the deep-rooted cultures and handmade traditions of the developing world with a commitment to building profitable businesses. Environmentally sound practices are at the foundation of our methodology."

Cockram will discuss the successes and challenges that ATA faces in artisan development worldwide, with special emphasis on their Central Asian project from 1994 -1999.

Upcoming Program

Thursday, April 8, will feature Raisa Garieeva, an Uzbek business leader who served as director of the Aid to Artisans project in Uzbekistan. Garieeva will share examples of innovative artisan work over the past ten years as the artisans have successfully entered international markets.

Market sale to accompany lecture

This lecture will include a market sale of suzani (embroidery), ikat fabrics and scarves, and a variety of other Uzbek artisan crafts.

About the Avenir Museum

The museum is located at 115 University Center for the Arts. Exhibits are free and open to the public.

The museum is closed on national and university holidays. For more information on the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising, its exhibition schedule and related activities, please contact Linda Carlson, Curator at (970) 491-1983 or

Museum hours are:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Large feature image: Uzbek master Ikat dyer and weaver, Fazlitdin Dadajonov.

Contact: Linda Carlson
Phone: (970) 491-1983