As a branch of the Society for Creative Anachronism, we focus on researching, and re-creating life in pre 17th century Europe. As such, we have experts in many arts, skills, and sciences that would have been available at that time. These include, but are not limited to: Music, pottery, clothing, fiber arts, book arts, cooking, dance, jewelry, metalworking, weaving, cordwaining, leatherworking, brewing and more. We offer opportunities to learn these through local and kingdom guilds, classes at events and wars, and our yearly 2 day Collegium Caidis. Furthermore, we offer opportunities for display, and feedback at Kingdom, as well as territorial events.
The Caid Office of Arts and Sciences is dedicated to create, educate, and facilitate
We, the officers, value Caid’s arts and sciences community, and we seek ways to create an environment for our members to grow as artisans. We do this by facilitating opportunities for you, our artisans; to learn and grow in new subjects, to teach and educate in subjects you have learned, and to inspire by creating opportunities for sharing your creations.
Creating a culture of respect and inclusivity is essential in a thriving arts and sciences community. This requires a governing code of conduct we can agree to use as a model for our behavior. Chivalry, the medieval ideal which governed the behaviour of knights and nobles, is a perfect tool to use towards this end. You can contribute to a healthy environment by allowing the chivalric virtues to guide your thoughts and actions. Although these virtues were martial in origin, they can be be interpreted in a way that is useful to our community.
- Prowess speaks to skill. Not only having it, but striving for it. As an artisan, you must strive to learn more, create more, and push yourself to develop your skills.
- Courage, without it, there can be no prowess. Stephen McCrainie says “a master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.” The pathway to learning is to paved with failures, and you must have courage to try something new or different, even though it means risking failure.
- Humility is honesty about yourself and your limitations. Be willing to admit that you don’t know the answer or to realize that you made a mistake. Realize that no matter how much you know, or how skilled you are, there is always more to learn and practice. Be honest about your research and what you have learned from others…don’t pass it off as your own.
- Courtesy in how you treat others is essential. It is the cornerstone of the Society. Be kind, compassionate, respectful, encouraging, and welcoming. Accept others where they are in their learning journey…we were all beginners once. Be thoughtful in your choice of words, both in person, and especially online. Even when faced with discourtesy by another, see it as a means to test your own virtue.
- Franchise is an old French word for Freedom and it eventually came to include nobility. It is following the noble virtues, even though you have the freedom not too. In a more modern sense, Franchise conjures the idea of individuals working as a whole. You should welcome others into our community and be willing to work as part of the community.
- Largesse speaks to being generous. This doesn’t just mean giving of material objects, but also of your time, knowledge, and expertise.
- Faith is belief in the dream of the SCA, as well as your fellow Caidans. It is a hope for the best, and a focus on the positive, that is a wellspring of encouragement when you feel discouraged