Established in 1993, the Center for the Promotion of Arts and Culture (CPAC), Chiang Mai University (CMU), is responsible for the promotion and preservation of arts and culture in Chiang Mai. The center consists of offices in a former period home, and eight traditional wooden houses and three rice granaries that act as a museum. The CPAC is currently working to improve the site as a center of cultural activities by becoming a “living museum” for demonstrating Lanna lifestyle, Lanna architecture and handicrafts as well as an academic study center for Lanna architecture and culture.
Charm Learn Studio, a ceramic art co-op, was founded in 2012 by three passionate designers, Thanita Yothawong, Natthapol Wannaporn and Chanchai Boriboon in Bangkok. Their signature product is a ceramic lunch-box set “Pin-To”, which has clinched various recognitions, such as the PM Award 2017, the DeMark Award 2017 and the Good Design Award 2017. In 2020, Natthapol Wannaporn opened a branch in Chiang Mai, his hometown, under the name Charm Learn Studio CNX. Located in San Kamphaeng, a district well-known for ceramics, the studio is aimed at those who are interested in ceramics, offering a space for artisans and enthusiasts to work and share their ideas. Through events, workshops and residency programs, Charm Learn Studio’s vision is to create a community space for artists and craft makers as well as elevate ceramics as an artform by itself. The studio also cooperates with the Chiang Mai City of Craft and Folk Arts initiative, and Chiang Mai Design Week by TCDC.