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

Environmental Effects Symposium

Dr. Kelli Morgan will be the keynote speaker for CraftNOW’s 2021 symposium, which will examine how communities and interiors shape our experiences, when sustainability issues are expressed through craft, and the greater impact of our contemporary material culture.

CraftNOW Create at Smith Playground!

Smith Memorial Playground will host CraftNOW Create outside on their beautiful campus Saturday, November 6 from 11 am – 2 pm. Ten of our partners will be conducting demonstrations with take-home kits outside on their wrap-around porch and in front of the Playhouse.

2021 Fundraising Tours and Online Auction

This special auction and in-person tour on November 17 unites Philadelphia’s best-known artists and showcases one of the city’s newest creative spaces at NextFab and The Neon Museum of Philadelphia, both located at 1800 North American Street. Space is limited.

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CraftMONTH

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

Explore Craft

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

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
The Clay Studio

Founding Supporters

The Clay Studio