The Association of Artisans to Cane Celebrates their 25th Anniversary!

The Association of Artisans to Cane (AAC), a project of Marrakech Inc., is a transitional work program for adults with disabilities. Celebrating their 25th anniversary, the program was started in 1988 by Arlene Szczarba and later became a program of Marrakech, Inc.  Located at 597 East Street in New Haven, AAC specializes in repairing chairs and furniture with hand cane, press cane, rush, splint woven, Danish cord, and shaker tape seats or backs. 

AAC employs 10 individuals on a part-time basis as independent contractors each learning the art of seat weaving on a wide variety of projects.  Through their work on chairs, the artisans learn important job skills with the goal of making the transition into other jobs in the community.

Individuals as well as antique dealers and furniture restorers are the primary source of customers.  Through word of mouth and advertising this program has become very successful and fulfilling for the Artisans. As the Artisan gives new life to a damaged or worn chair, so the challenge to cane gives new direction and motivation to the Artisan.

To learn more about the Association of Artisans please call (203) 776-6310 or stop by 597 East Street, Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.