Get to know our newest team member, W. Tanner Young. You may already know him from around arts community events or the photo program at the University of Akron, but here's a little something to dive deeper into his strange, strange world!

"Community — a word that defines my passion and philosophical approach to the arts. After graduating with a BFA in Photography from The University of Akron, I moved to Chicago to explore the options my degree afforded me. Throughout my years in Chicago working in arts administration, I networked and discovered new opportunities in galleries and arts organizations. I found a passion and intrigue for the organic nature of this path — how we connect with different circles, connect the circles to each other, and how these connections expanded and grew the diverse communities and their participants —  and how they grew me as an individual. I spent 8 years in the field, learning through experience and opportunities as they emerged. Now, I’d like to bring that experience back to the hometown that I love, set new goals, and explore new opportunities with other like-minded, yet diverse professionals in the arts. Northeast Ohio has a rich history in all forms of the arts. It’s where I was born and raised, and no matter where I live, it will always be a part of me. Since leaving, I’ve watched with much excitement as the area evolved. I know the people here, and am excited to connect with the new participants in this resurgence.

I am thrilled to be running social media with the amazing, talented, and dedicated folks at Crafty Mart so quickly after moving back. You can trust that I will bring that same dedication to the table to help support all the amazing artists and human beings that make this area so great. Please feel free to reach out to me at any time at wtanneryoung@gmail.com with new projects, info, or ideas, and I will do my best to shout it high atop the mountains!"

-W. Tanner Young