This November, CraftNOW Philadelphia celebrates five years of uniting leading institutions and artists of Philadelphia’s craft community in a month-long celebration of the city’s rich legacy, its internationally-recognized contemporary scene, and its important role as an incubator for arts based in wood, clay, fiber, metal and glass. Through both creating and spotlighting more than 20 exhibitions and special events surrounding the week of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show, CraftNOW invites locals and visitors alike to explore Philadelphia’s innovations in the world of the handmade. This Fall, CraftNOW published Craft Capital: Philadelphia’s Cultures of Making, showcasing Philadelphia as the capital of craft to national and international audiences.

CraftNOW was founded by a consortium of individuals, galleries, museums, universities, retailers and civic organizations. Though diverse in background, CraftNOW has been united in its desire to promote Philadelphia’s outstanding resources in the field and highlight the city’s continuing role in defining the future of craft. In 2015, CraftNOW began its mission to showcase the city’s community and create opportunities for the public to engage directly with the art of craft.

“The contemporary craft movement is a powerful force in Philadelphia, which has inspired many recent projects and this year’s theme, Craft Capital,” said Executive Director Leila Cartier. “The city has an unparalleled urban craft scene – and we look forward to sharing our devotion to the handmade in Philadelphia with visitors and residents at this year’s many events.”


Highlighted CraftMONTH Events (Click HERE for a full list of Craft Capital Exhibition events)

CraftNOW Symposium at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (118-128 North Broad Street)

November 8, 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Cost: FREE, $10 to attend the CraftNOW Symposium Luncheon


Each year, CraftNOW hosts a symposium to provide a platform for critical discourse in contemporary craft. A half day of talks and moderated discussions is being planned surrounding the theme Craft Capital with the definition of “capital” interpreted broadly for its relation to place, economics, resources, and prominence as it relates to CraftNOW’s recent publication Craft Capital: Philadelphia’s Cultures of MakingThe symposium is free and open to the public.

Michelle Millar Fisher will be the 2019 keynote as one of the contributing authors for the publication and for her recent role as the Louis C. Madeira IV Assistant Curator of European Decorative Arts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

There will also be a networking lunch from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. This lunch is open to the public, but you must RSVP in advance. Purchase tickets HERE.

CraftNOW Create at the Kimmel Center (300 South Broad Street)

November 9, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Cost: FREE


On Saturday, November 9, craft steps out of the studio and into the heart of Philadelphia with CraftNOW Create.  Enjoy a full day of hands-on exploration and take-home activities hosted at the Kimmel Center. All activities are free and family -friendly. Stop by and join in at any time! 


Curator’s Tour, Glass Demo and Performance at WheatonArts (1000 Village Drive, Millville, New Jersey)
November 9, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $35 a person, transportation included. Purchase tickets 

CraftNOW invites you to discover glassworks at the WheatonArts and Cultural Center through this exclusive sequence of programming. Join Julie Courtney on a curator’s tour of Emanation in the Museum of American Glass featuring works by contemporary artists Jesse Krimes, Tristin Lowe, Martha McDonald and Laura Baird, Karyn Olivier, Richard Torchia, Allan Wexler, and Jo Yarrington. Watch a live and narrated glass blowing demonstration before taking time to enjoy the cultural campus, museum stores and Gatehouse Cafe. Phantom Frequencies, a mini opera using glass instruments, will be performed for its fourth and final time by Martha McDonald and Laura Baird.

For more information on CraftNOW visit CraftNOW is made possible through a collaborative partnership with University of the Arts serving as fiscal agent.

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