The NorCal Institute was founded in 2008 by Maureen Glancy, Ph.D,
in order to revive and promote the crafts of the Renaissance
period in Europe. She gathered around her artists and crafts
people who knew particular skills
and who were willing to share them with others. The idea was to
keep these arts and crafts alive so that children and adults
would have the satisfaction of making something with their own
hands, and carry on the tradition of the Renaissance
masters. Such crafts as weaving, needlepoint, paper marbling,
candle making, chain maille, basket making, and mask making, are
just some of the many crafts that are taught.
NorCal Renaissance Institute for the Renewal of Past Arts and
the Artist, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization run by a
board of directors. The current director is Dianne Longdo, and
the education co-ordinator is Stephen Johnson. The board
oversees the budget and the activities of the Institute.
Institute oversees the crafts booths at the Renaissance Pleasure
Faire in Southern California (spring) and the NorCal Renaissance
Faire in Gilroy (fall). The Institute also provides children’s
Renaissance workshops in the fall at the Northern Faire site,
and travels to schools to present these workshops in classrooms.
reach the Institute director at
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education coordinator Stephen Johnson at