Join us for a special auction and fundraiser highlighting the exceptional talent of Philadelphia’s craft community

CraftNOW Philadelphia

Curating Philadelphia as the Craft Capital

Craft Capital

Exploring place, economics, and resources

CraftNOW Create

A hands-on experience in the heart of Philadelphia

Our Annual Symposium

Bringing together scholars, makers, and patrons of craft
Who we are

CraftNOW Philadelphia

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.

In the Spotlight

PMA Craft Show

Experience craft and design by 195 of the best artists in the United States at the PA Convention Center on November 3 – 5, 2023

Craft Capital Book

Order a copy of Craft Capital: Philadelphia’s Cultures of Making edited by Glenn Adamson and photography by Jessica Kourkounis

Explore Craft

We invite you to explore the many institutions and individuals that contribute to Philadelphia’s thriving contemporary scene 

CraftNOW 2023 Sponsors

The Center for Art in Wood
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show

Founding Supporters

The Clay Studio
The Clay Studio
The Clay Studio