CRAA – Centro Regional de Apoio ao Artesanato (Regional Centre for Handicrafts)

Centro Regional de Apoio ao Artesanato (Regional Centre for Handicrafts)

The website of the Regional Centre for Handicrafts (CRAA) aims, in its essence, to promote and divulge the certified handicraft products.

The Regional Centre for Handicrafts is an executive service of the Vice-Presidency of the Regional Government of the Azores, which is responsible for the implementation of regional policy in the areas of development and appreciation of traditional products, including the regional handicrafts and handicraft production units, professional training and the coordination of multifunctional initiatives with development in the local environment.

CRAA develops a consistent and diverse annual plan, acting on four areas that are considered fundamental: Research/Certification, Training, Artisan Support and Promotion. The development of these areas involves the certification of products, editing publications, organizing exhibitions, promoting workshops, workshops and training activities, providing support to the artisans, namely through the incentive system.

Competences of the Regional Centre for Handicrafts:

– Support and encourage craft initiatives that, starting from groups and/or individuals, to contribute to the cultural, social and economic promotion of the Azores;
– Develop the necessary actions towards training and information of the artisans;
– Proceed the collection of statistical data to enable knowledge and better definition of positive discrimination policies for the sector;
– Develop studies and propose measures to promote regional handicrafts among interested economic agents;
– Specify and define the activities and professions that are considered as craft;
– Ensure and promote the image and quality of handicraft products;
– Promote and organize fairs, exhibitions and handicraft fairs in the region and coordinate the participation and the exchange of the Region in national or international networking;
– Check the certification of origin and product quality;
– Collaborate with the Regional Support Director for Investment and Competitiveness in the licensing of craft industries;
– To clarify the processes in order of granting incentives to all crafts and the respective data inspection;
– Ensure the issuance of certification to the artisan and the craft production unit;
– Develop proposals for touristic tours and interpretive infrastructure incorporating craft production units;
– Collaborate with Regional Tourism Directorate with the intention of increasing the value of the regional handicrafts in rural spaces in tourism as well as providing technical support to tourism projects in rural areas that integrate cultural and ethnographic animation initiatives.