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

Statewide Pilot Program

CraftNOW and the Pittsburgh-based Creative Business Accelerator (CBA) announce a statewide pilot, funded in part by the PA Council on the Arts (PCA), that will enable the two organizations to share aggregated data on their creative ecosystems’ impact on regional economies.

Artist and Maker Directory

This introductory guide of local artists and makers illustrates why Philadelphia is a renowned urban center for contemporary craft. Shown in world class museums and found in grassroots movements, artisans are able to draw from a wealth of accessible resources in the city.

Glenn Adamson Author Talk

On Thursday, May 6, The Carpenters’ Company, our nation’s oldest craft guild, partners with CraftNOW to present a virtual author talk where guests will be able to meet with celebrated craft expert Glenn Adamson in conjunction with his new book, Craft: An American History 



CraftNOW activates the city in conjunction with the Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show throughout the month of November. In 2021, CraftNOW presents the theme Environmental Effects to examine how communities and interiors shape our experiences, when sustainability issues are expressed through craft, and the greater impact of our contemporary material culture.

In the Spotlight

PMA Craft Show

Experience craft and design by 195 of the best artists in the United States with even more international guest artists, November 5 – 7, 2021

Craft Capital Book

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

COVID-19 Resources

CraftNOW has compiled a list of resources that range from financial help for artists to small business guidance and support for nonprofits

CraftNOW Philadelphia is made possible through a collaborative partnership
with The University of the Arts serving as our fiscal agent.

CraftNOW 2021 Sponsors

The Clay Studio
The Center for Art in Wood

Founding Supporters

The Clay Studio