What is the difference between art and craft?

Jennifer O'Brien took the stage to define and democratize craft. In her inspiring, humorous talk, Jennifer assured us that we too can craft. Craft is as easy as crying in the car (parenting) or turning waste into wonder. Jennifer is the Executive Director at Resource Depot, a creative reuse & learning center in West Palm Beach. Their new facility houses a really neat material marketplace for shopping materials, create space for public workshops for all ages, and an exhibition GalleRE to support local artisans and makers. Jennifer is also an artist who repurposes old discarded materials in her own artwork.

About the speaker

Jennifer O'Brien is the Executive Director at Resource Depot, a creative reuse & learning center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Her degree in Art Education, coupled with her personal interest in repurposing and reviving old discarded materials through her own artwork & collage, has lead her towards her current position as a promoter of creative reuse with Resource Depot. She has enjoyed some great successes in her over six years with the organization, the most significant being the relocation of the organization’s operations from a 4,000 sf space to an expansive 8,700 sf space, equipped with a material marketplace for shopping materials, a cREate space for public workshops for all ages, and an exhibition GalleRE to support local artisans and makers creating through reuse. Jennifer has presented at several state and national conferences on the topic of arts education through creative reuse, including the Florida Alliance for Art Education, Reuse Conex and Recycle Florida Today. Prior to joining the team at Resource Depot, she gained extensive nonprofit experience in several cultural and arts-centric organizations including the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, the Armory Art Center and Center for Creative Education. Jennifer’s artwork has been featured in many exhibitions and boutiques. In addition, she has been involved in many community art projects for ArtiGras, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Loggerhead Marinelife Center, International Fiber Collaborative and Florida Craft. A recent alumni of Leadership Palm Beach County, she has been active in the local community, and has served on the advisory board for the City of Palm Beach Garden’s Art & Public Places.

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