CARPA: Craft Advanced Research Projects Agency

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January 29, 2016 – April 23, 2016

Curated by: Sara Clugage, Carole Frances Lung, Otto Von Busch

The Craft Advanced Research Projects Agency (CARPA) is a central state agency of the United States Department of Defense. Developed by Officers Sara Clugage, Carole Frances Lung, and Otto Von Busch, CARPA’s mission is to maintain the technological superiority of U.S. artisans and to prevent technological surprise from negatively impacting our collective craft heritage. CARPA operates for the benefit of the United States and its Free West allies.

The focus of CARPA is the strategic advancement of craft. In order to shape and sustain conditions for stability and progress, the agency develops new craft technologies for use by the artisans of United States and for strategic export overseas. CARPA sponsors innovative, high-payoff research that bridges the gap between the disciplines of craft, art, and information warfare. While CARPA events and challenges are finite in duration, they create lasting revolutionary change.

Since its founding in 1947, CARPA has worked to enhance our craft security by funding research, technological development, and craft sciences. Despite continued attempts to infiltrate and disrupt its research by the rogue agency CARPAleaks, our craft capabilities remain secure and unparalleled. Our endeavors have not only improved our craft capabilities but have also solved practical problems through applied research and technological invention. CARPA has been a catalyst for collaborative contemporary craft practices, cultivating advanced ideas that have the potential to lead to groundbreaking transformation.

2013 CARPA Field Activities were supported by:

The Center for Craft Creativity and Design
California State University, Los Angeles
Shangri-La, Joshua Tree CA
Marci Rae McDade of Surface Design Association


Anonymous · The Autzen Foundation · The Boeing Company · Broughton and Mary Bishop Family Advised Fund · J & S Bishop Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation · The Collins Foundation · Ed Cauduro Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation · The Robert & Mercedes Eichholz Foundation · The Ford Family Foundation · H.W. and D.C.H. Irwin Foundation · James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation · Native Arts & Cultures Foundation · Oregon Arts Commission · RACC and Work for Art · Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust · Walter Clay Hill and Family Foundation