You may have noticed me mentioning American Craft Week in conjunction with my upcoming craft show this weekend, ArtsFestival Reading. This year’s celebration, October 4-13, brings together individuals, small businesses & organizations from all fifty states. But what is American Craft Week?
It’s an opportunity to celebrate the wonders of American craft. Every day thousands of American artists share their vision and talent by producing amazing hand-made decorative and functional objects. And every day thousands of craft retailers share their love of these items by displaying, promoting and selling them. As one craft artist put it, “this is the creative economy!”
More than 20 event locations in Pennsylvania will present one of the nation’s largest regional celebrations of American Craft. Residents and tourists alike will be treated to exhibits, demonstrations, markets, lectures and more in Cumberland Valley, Boiling Springs, Boyertown, Carlisle, Lancaster, Ligonier, Mechanicsburg, Newport, Philadelphia, and Reading.
American Craft enriches our homes, wardrobes, offices and public spaces. It contributes to our nation’s economy, our balance of trade, and the fabric of our national history. It is original, beautiful and enduring, so let’s tell the world!
To find events in your area visit American Craft Week’s official website.