Craft Lake City Announces the New Americans Workshop Series in Partnership with the International Rescue Committee

Craft Lake City is tremendously pleased to announce a new addition to our year-round workshop programming: the New Americans Workshop Series! In partnership with the International Rescue Committee and through the generous support of the Salt Lake Arts Council, Craft Lake City will present a series of six craft workshops taught by makers from around the globe who’ve made Utah their home due to humanitarian crises in their countries of origin.

“A lot of our clients are still in the process of building up an online platform to sell their products. Others need revenue to order more supplies,” says Mattie Vandel, a Refugee Small Business Counselor for the IRC. “Instructing craft workshops is a great avenue for our clients to earn some money and share their skills without the need for either large inventory or digital literacy. This is a fantastic step toward helping these artisans become self-sufficient and successful business owners.”

As part of the New Americans Workshop Series, Craft Lake City staff work closely with the IRC and the makers to develop each instructors’ course curriculum, while providing training on craft workshop instruction, expanding both the makers’ audience and their opportunities for future teaching revenue while providing unique learning and crafting experiences to our workshop attendees.

“It’s been such a pleasure working with these six artisans for the New Americans Workshop Series,” says Morgana Faye, Craft Lake City’s Artisan & Programs Coordinator. “They’re all such talented makers with really beautiful stories to share. We’re so grateful to have this opportunity to work with them to develop their teaching skills as instructors.” These workshops will cover a range of topics and occur the second Thursday of every month running from November, 2022 through April, 2023. To browse our upcoming workshops and to purchase tickets visit

The New Americans Workshop Series

About the IRC:

The International Rescue Committee provides opportunities for refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking, survivors of torture, and other immigrants to thrive in America. Each year, thousands of people, forced to flee violence and persecution, are welcomed by the people of the United States into the safety and freedom of America. These individuals have survived against incredible odds. The IRC works with government bodies, civil society actors, and local volunteers to help them translate their past experiences into assets that are valuable to their new communities. In Salt Lake City and other offices across the country, the IRC helps them to rebuild their lives. Since opening its doors in 1994, the IRC in Salt Lake City has resettled nearly 12,000 refugees and provided life-changing services to thousands more in the Beehive State. Services include resettlement, education, health, advocacy, economic wellbeing, and more.

About Craft Lake City:

Founded in 2009 by Angela H. Brown, Executive Editor of SLUG (Salt Lake UnderGround) Magazine, Craft Lake City® is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with the mission to educate, promote and inspire local artisans while elevating the creative culture of the Utah arts community through science, technology and art. Craft Lake City strives to further define the term “Craft,” by modernizing the definition for handmade creativity. @craftlakecity

Craft Lake City’s year-round programming is supported in part by the residents of Salt Lake County through the Zoo, Arts & Parks (ZAP) Program, the Salt Lake Arts Council, the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, and Utah Arts & Museums, with funding from the State of Utah and the National Endowment for the Arts.