2019 Signature Events
CraftNOW activates the city of Philadelphia the days and weeks surrounding the Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show in November. In 2019, CraftNOW presents the theme Craft Capital as it relates to place, economics, prominence among other notes of inquiry.
Thursday, October 10 and Friday October 11
Sponsored by the American Craft Council, CraftNOW invites you to learn about professional makerspaces in Globe Dye Works and MaKen Studios. Registration to the “Present Tense” American Craft Council conference is required.
PMA Craft Show Preview Party
Thursday, November 7
The PMA Craft Show’s opening night gala features a cocktail buffet and an exclusive first look at the show.
PMA Craft Show
Friday, November 8 – Sunday, November 10
This premier show and sale of contemporary craft includes 195 of the finest and most dynamic craft artists selected from more than 1,000 applicants.
In partnership with Art in City Hall and Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, a mayoral proclamation naming November as CraftMONTH in Philadelphia will coincide with our annual symposium to recognize the work of CraftNOW and its partners.
2019 CraftNOW Symposium
Friday, November 8
Each year, CraftNOW hosts a symposium to provide a platform for critical discourse in contemporary craft. Michelle Millar Fisher will be the keynote speaker in 2019.
CraftMONTH First Friday
Friday, November 1
Join hundreds of gallery-goers to enjoy First Friday where opening receptions will be hosted by The Center for Art in Wood, Cherry Street Pier, The Clay Studio, and more.
Saturday, November 9
Craft steps out of the studio and into the heart of Philadelphia with a hands-on exploration of craft at the Kimmel Center. Activities will be presented by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Clay Studio, The Center for Art in Wood, to name a few.
Irvin Borowsky International Prize in Glass Arts
Thursday, November 14
The 7th Annual Borowsky Prize in Glass Arts will be awarded followed by a lecture and reception. This event requires an RSVP to The University of the Arts.
Second Thursday, Crane Arts
Thursday, November 14
InLiquid and eight other galleries open their doors every Second Thursday at one of Philadelphia’s pioneering 21st century makerspaces.
Friday, December 6
CraftNOW closes out November programming by highlighting the opening reception for Wayne Art Center’s Craft Forms 2019: An International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Craft.