1897

Society of Arts + Crafts was founded in Boston, MA.

100

Craft artists exhibited in the first craft show.

400

Craft artists promoted annually by the Society of Arts + Crafts.

$18 billion

Annual economic impact of craft on the US economy.

In a world of sameness, craft illuminates difference

Incorporated in 1897, the Society of Arts and Crafts has been at the forefront of the American craft movement, fostering the development, sales, recognition, and education of crafts for over one hundred years. Our highly committed founders developed standards of excellence in design and technical mastery for crafts that inspired the American Arts and Crafts Movement.

The dual mission of the Society of Arts and Crafts is to encourage the creation, collection, and promotion of the work of contemporary craft artists and to advance public appreciation of fine craft. To fulfill our mission, the Society sponsors exhibitions, the Artist Awards Programs, and educational programming. We also promote the work of over 400 craft artists in both our galleries on an ongoing basis.

  • Creating and inspiring since 1897

    Creating and inspiring since 1897

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    1897

    A group of Boston’s most influential architects, designers and educators, determined to bring to this country the design reforms begun in England by William Morris, meet in January to organize an exhibition of contemporary craft objects

    1899

    3,000 objects are entered in the Society’s second exhibition.

    1904

    The Society assembles and sponsors a prominent crafts exhibition at the acclaimed Louisiana Purchase Exhibition in St. Louis.

    1913

    The Society of Arts and Crafts is the subject of an invitational show at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The Medal of Excellence for master craftsmanship and service is inaugurated.

    1930

    The Boston salesroom is moved to 32 Newbury Street in Boston’s Back Bay.

    1939

    The Society helps found the American Handicraft Council, now known as the American Craft Council, the only national organization for crafts.

    1975

    The Society moves to its second Back Bay home at 175 Newbury Street featuring the work of over 150 craft artists.

    1994

    An Artist Award program for mid-career Massachusetts artists is instated, providing cash grants to encourage and support artists who show a mastery of their medium, and create original contemporary craft.

    1997

    The Society of Arts and Crafts celebrates its centennial with a year of special exhibitions, events and a major symposium.

    2016

    With 9,000 square feet of retail, exhibition and program space - the Society of Arts + Crafts has a home where we can preserve, perfect, and promote the spirit of craft.
    • 1897

      A group of Boston’s most influential architects, designers and educators, determined to bring to this country the design reforms begun in England by William Morris, meet in January to organize an exhibition of contemporary craft objects
    • 1899

      3,000 objects are entered in the Society’s second exhibition.
    • 1904

      The Society assembles and sponsors a prominent crafts exhibition at the acclaimed Louisiana Purchase Exhibition in St. Louis.
    • 1913

      The Society of Arts and Crafts is the subject of an invitational show at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The Medal of Excellence for master craftsmanship and service is inaugurated.
    • 1930

      The Boston salesroom is moved to 32 Newbury Street in Boston’s Back Bay.
    • 1939

      The Society helps found the American Handicraft Council, now known as the American Craft Council, the only national organization for crafts.
    • 1975

      The Society moves to its second Back Bay home at 175 Newbury Street featuring the work of over 150 craft artists.
    • 1994

      An Artist Award program for mid-career Massachusetts artists is instated, providing cash grants to encourage and support artists who show a mastery of their medium, and create original contemporary craft.
    • 1997

      The Society of Arts and Crafts celebrates its centennial with a year of special exhibitions, events and a major symposium.
    • 2016

      With 9,000 square feet of retail, exhibition and program space - the Society of Arts + Crafts has a home where we can preserve, perfect, and promote the spirit of craft.
    Our Team

    Our Team

    We are dreamers and makers. We are artists and artisans. We are masters of materials and inventors of forms. We are creative thinkers and tireless tinkerers. We are stewards of tradition and champions of change. We are entrepreneurs and teachers. We are curators and collectors. Together, we are a community of people who, through our skill and our passion, bear the standard for the field of contemporary craft.

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      CraftBoston Assistant/Intership

      The CraftBoston Internship Program was developed in 2001 to provide internships to undergraduate and graduate students seeking to learn about and contribute to the exciting field of contemporary crafts.
      Marketing Intern

      Marketing Intern

      The Marketing Internship Program was developed in 2011 to provide internships to undergraduate and graduate students seeking to learn about and contribute to the exciting field of contemporary crafts, while simultaneously gaining valuable experience in preparation for entry into today’s competitive job market.
      Education and Programming Intern

      Education and Programming Intern

      Society of Arts and Crafts, the oldest craft non-profit in the United States is moving and expanding its programming capacity and seeks a graduate-level intern to assist with gallery education and public programs.

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