CraftNOW Create returns to Smith Memorial Playground on November 5 for free, family-friendly crafts!

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CraftNOW Philadelphia brings back the city’s “biggest free art  class” when CraftNOW Create returns to Smith Memorial Playground on Saturday, November 5, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. CraftNOW Create aims to make art more accessible to children by bringing it out  of the studio and into a fun and vibrant public space.  

The eighth annual CraftNOW Create takes place during CraftMONTH, and is a free event featuring demonstrations with materials that provide step-by-step instructions on creating nine crafts ideal for  elementary-age students. Attendees can look forward to various projects highlighting diverse local craft partner organizations.  

“We are excited to return to Smith Memorial Playground this year and highlight the wonderful children friendly craft programming provided by our local educational partners,” said Leila Cartier, Executive Director of CraftNOW. “These organizations play a pivotal role in bringing year-round hands-on activities to people of all ages. CraftNOW Create is a great way to introduce our amazing partners to families so  they may share in city’s the love of craft.” 

Attendees can look forward to a variety of projects, including: 

Worry Dolls with 1241 Carpenter Studios – Kids will wrap small sticks with different yarns to create worry dolls, little friends that sit under their pillows and protect their dreams.

Sami Bracelet with the American Swedish Historical Museum – Participants will learn about the Sami people with this bracelet craft that incorporates traditional Sami colors and patterns.

Crafted Paper Quilts with the DaVinci Art Alliance – Crafters will learn how to dye paper using plants, then transform creations by collaging and weaving them into one-of-a-kind paper quilts!

Group Sculpture with The Clay Studio – Kids will imagine, create, and collaborate on an enormous clay sculpture with teaching artists from the studio. 

Dream Planting with Fabric Workshop & Museum – Families will join in on making plantable seed paper inspired by Rose B. Simpson. 

Yarn Birds with Past Present Projects – Kids can learn how to make a colorful bird from recycled cardboard and yarn. 

CraftNOW will host the family-friendly event on the wraparound porch in front of the Playhouse at the  Smith Memorial Playground. Up to 100 children can be accommodated each hour and socially-distanced demonstrations and take-home kits will be offered to ensure safety. In addition, the first 300 children receive a free backpack with supplies for journaling and crafting. Families are encouraged to enjoy the playground and Playhouse before and after participating in the craft projects.

Participants of CraftNOW Create can share their finished projects on social media using the hashtag  #CraftNOWCreate. 

Sponsored by the Joseph Robert Foundation, CraftNOW Create is produced alongside its companion  event for adult arts professionals, the annual CraftNOW Symposium. This year’s symposium, scheduled for Friday, November 11 at Moore College of Art & Design, will focus on the theme Public | Private. 

CraftNOW Create represents an opportunity for CraftNOW to continue to work towards its mission of  encouraging people from all walks of life, ethnicities, age groups, and neighborhoods to participate in  creating things. In addition to CraftNOW Create, CraftNOW partners with the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation to offer in-person craft workshops at the city’s nearly 120 summer camps. CraftNOW has provided over 10,000 hours of free craft instruction to 5,000 children by partnering with local organizations. 

November, proclaimed “CraftMONTH” by the City of Philadelphia, inspires widespread and diverse  celebration of the region’s rich legacy of craft. Throughout the month, the city is recognized for its  important role as an incubator for arts based in wood, clay, fiber, metal, and glass. For the list of partner exhibitions and activities coordinated by CraftNOW during “CraftMONTH,” please visit CraftNOWPhila.org. 

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