CraftNOW Philadelphia Returns With Citywide Events And Exhibitions, November 1-December 8

Dozens of galleries, museums and retailers come together for year three of this celebration of craft in Philly...

The more-than monthlong CraftNOW Philadelphia returns for its third year starting this November, showcasing the work of the many talented and hardworking craftsman in and around Philadelphia.

This year’s theme, “Fluid Boundaries,” highlights how contemporary craft practices intersect with other disciplines such as the fine arts and design.

From November 1 through December 8, nine different signature events will unfold, inviting the public to celebrate the area’s rich crafting community.


  • CraftNOW Philadelphia events unfold on select days from November 1 to December 8.
  • This year’s theme is “Fluid Boundaries.”
  • Nine signature events will take place in celebration of the crafting community.
  • Exhibitions citywide will be highlighted at dozens of museums and gallery spaces.

Dozens of exhibitions at gallery spaces and other organizations citywide will also be highlighted as part of CraftNOW Philadelphia, a one-of-a-kind exploration into the world of the handmade.

Event Highlights

CraftNOW Philadelphia features nine signature events ranging from galas to symposiums to hands-on activities.

The celebration opens with a kickoff party, proclamation and artist reception at City Hall on November 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. The event will surround Crafting Contexts, a juried exhibition at City Hall curated in partnership with Art in City Hall and the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. The exhibition, which explores how craft projects can serve as a tool to examine current events, immigration, the environment and more, will be open for viewing throughout the event.

(Photo courtesy CraftNow Philadelphia)
CraftNOW Philadelphia features nine different events, including the hands-on CraftNOW Create at the Kimmel Center.

Other feature events include the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, the annual centerpiece to CraftNOW Philadelphia unfolding at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from November 9 to 12. The show features nearly 200 of the top craft artists in the nation, selected from more than 1,000 applicants. All work displayed will be available for purchase.

The night before the craft show officially opens, a gala featuring a cocktail buffet unfolds at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from 4 to 9 p.m., granting an exclusive first look at the show.

On November 10, the Moore College of Art and Design will host a Fluid Boundaries Symposium, a day of moderated discussions surrounding this year’s CraftNOW Philadelphia theme.

Generating an interactive CraftNOW experience, the Kimmel Center hosts CraftNOW Create on November 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities for those of all ages will be presented by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Clay Studio, The Center for Art in Wood and other area organizations. From wooden toy crafting to metal jewelry making, activities of all sorts await.

For a full list of CraftNOW Philadelphia events, click here.


Each year, CraftNOW Philadelphia highlights exhibitions that emphasize the city as a destination for crafting and making.

CraftNOW Philadelphia’s list of featured exhibitions showcase innovative artists working with a wide array mediums including wood, clay, fiber, metal and glass.

(Photo by N. Santos for Visit Philadelphia)
Explore featured exhibitions at a number of spaces in Philly, including The Center for Art in Wood (shown).

Find featured exhibitions at spaces ranging from The Center for Art in Wood to The Clay Studio to the Wexler Gallery.

For details on all of the CraftNOW Philadelphia programming, click here, and then get ready for some handmade inspiration!

CraftNOW Philadelphia

When:November 1-December 8 (Select dates)
Where:Various locations including the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street



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