Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) arose from the vision of its founding director, Sara Morgan, with a focus on providing studio space for artists working in craft media, and expanding the appreciation for handmade objects in the Southwest region of the U.S.
HCCC opened its doors on September 22, 2001 – just 11 days after 9/11. There was some debate about whether to delay the opening in light of the tragedy, but, in the end, the founders, board and artists involved decided that the opening–a celebration of the creative spirit–was just what the community needed.
Today, HCCC and its artist residency program continues to give artists extraordinary opportunities to develop their careers and provide the public with an up-close understanding of the creative process in a “living museum” setting. The Center has emerged as an important cultural and educational resource for Houston and the Southwest—one of the few venues in the country dedicated exclusively to craft at the highest level.