Our Mission

CraftNOW Philadelphia unites the leading institutions and artists of Philadelphia’s community in a celebration of the city’s rich legacy in the field, its internationally-recognized contemporary scene, and its important role as an incubator for arts based in wood, clay, fiber, metal and glass. Through both creating and spotlighting events during the week of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, CraftNOW invites locals and visitors alike to explore Philadelphia’s innovations in the world of the handmade.

We believe craft is an important form of expression, which brings wholeness in people’s lives and enriches communities. Craft can be a convener in a divisive age. People from all walks of life, all ethnicities, all age groups, all neighborhoods and all political viewpoints can and do participate in making things.

It is our goal to be innovators and thought leaders when encouraging our peers to unite their “craft capital” in ways that generate a supportive network to the betterment of their local communities and the field at large. 


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

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is CraftNOW Philadelphia?

CraftNOW Philadelphia is a network of individuals and institutions joining together to raise the profile of contemporary craft for the city. We want everyone to experience what makes Philadelphia the best place to see, learn, make and collect.

2. How do I become involved?

There are many ways to contribute to the programming of CraftNOW Philadelphia. You can host a program, volunteer, or donate goods and services. Please email leila.cartier@craftnowphila.org to learn more.

3. When are CraftNOW programs?

CraftNOW Philadelphia curates an itinerary of events each November to coincide with the Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show. Follow us on social media to learn more about pop-up events and see what our partners are doing year-round.

4. How do I become a sponsor?

CraftNOW sponsors benefit from opportunities over the course of the year to gain exposure through our network and partner organizations. Contact Executive Director Leila Cartier at leila.cartier@craftnowphila.org to discuss inventive ways your brand can be featured during signature events.

Board of Overseers

Elissa Topol, Chair – Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Josie Burri, Vice Chair – Director of Development, The Shipley School
David Seltzer, Co-Founder and Treasurer – Principal and Co-Founder of Mercator Advisors
Clara Hollander, Co-Founder and Secretary – APAA

Christina CopelandPrincipal and Senior Portfolio Manager, Conservest
Bill Gehrman – Founder and Principal, En Route
Patricia Fowler – Trustee, University of the Arts
Albert LeCoff – Executive Director Emeritus, The Center for Art in Wood
MiKyoung Lee – Professor and Director of Craft and Material Studies, University of the Arts
Jacqueline Lewis – Executive Director of Engagement, LEADERSHIP Philadelphia
Brenton McCloskey – Asst Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Government Relations, University of the Arts
Jennifer-Navva Milliken – Artistic Director, The Center for Art in Wood
Julie Siglin – Executive Director, Wharton Esherick Museum
Thad Suzenski – Senior Legal Counsel for SAP SE
Emily Zilber – Independent Curator and Consultant
Jennifer Zwilling – Curator of Artistic Programs, The Clay Studio

Leila CartierExecutive Director, CraftNOW Philadelphia

Honorary Advisory Committee

Glenn Adamson, Craft Scholar formerly of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
and the Museum of Arts and Design, New York City
Elisabeth Agro, The Philadelphia Museum of Art Nancy M. McNeil Curator
of American Modern and Contemporary Crafts and Decorative Arts, Philadelphia
Carolyn Benesh, Founder of Ornament Magazine, San Diego
Sharon Church, Artist and American Craft Council Fellow, Philadelphia
Helen Drutt, Craft Scholar, Philadelphia
Jane Milosch, Craft Curator formerly of the Renwick Gallery, Washington DC
Bruce Pepich, Director and Curator of the Racine Art Museum, Wisconsin
Carol Sauvion, Producer of Craft in America, Los Angeles
Sarah Schultz, Executive Director of the American Craft Council, Minneapolis
Rick and Ruth Snyderman, Craft Gallerists, Philadelphia

2020  Programming Partners

Marguerite Rodgers
Snyderman-Works Galleries
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Old City District
Old City District
The Center for Art in Wood
Old City District
Old City District
Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Clay Studio
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia Art Alliance
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show
Tyler School of Art at Temple University
The Clay Studio
Old City District
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art

CraftNOW at UArts

Contact Us

Leila Cartier, Executive Director

Address: CraftNOW Philadelphia
C/O University of the Arts, Advancement Office
320 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102