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CraftNOW Philadelphia unites the leading institutions, artists and patrons of Philadelphia’s craft community to celebrate 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.
News & Events
Executive Director Emily Edelstein
photo credit: John Ruggles
This month, Philadelphia arts non-profit CraftNOW named Emily Edelstein as its new Executive Director, succeeding Leila Cartier, who led the organization from 2016 to 2023. A lifelong student of craft, Edelstein has extensive educational and professional experience centered around arts, economic development, and cultural heritage. She previously served as the Interim Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen (PGC) in Lancaster, PA.
CraftNOW Create: Summer Camp
Join us for Philadelphia’s largest free art class! Together with Philadelphia’s Department of Parks and Recreation, CraftNOW Create brings the wonder and imagination of the craft studio into every Philadelphia neighborhood June 26 – August 18.
CraftNOW activates the city in conjunction with the Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show throughout the month of November. In 2022, CraftNOW presents the theme Public | Private to examine how handmade elements and crafted objects communicate whether architectural space is shared or private, and to explore which processes and aspects of their creative identities artists choose to share with their audiences.