Patron Society

Patron Society

The American Craft Council’s group of dedicated individuals who support the field of craft with gifts starting at $1,000.

Benefits of membership in the Patron Society include:

  • Subscription to the award-winning American Craft magazine

  • Free entry to the full season of our American Craft Shows nationwide

  • Invitations to exclusive events throughout the year such as behind-the-scenes tours of artist studios, museum exhibitions, and private collections
  • And more!

Join the Patron Society

Please contact Sarah Kass, development associate, or call (612) 206-3129 for more information.

School-to-Market student

Your gift makes a difference!

$1,000 – Grows our library

Last year, ACC acquired more than 750 new titles that are available to artists, students, and scholars for free. Located in our Minneapolis headquarters, the ACC Library and Archives serves lovers of craft far and wide. In 2018, our librarians assisted patrons from 34 states and nine countries.

$1,500 – Sponsors an emerging artist in our Hip Pop program

Hip Pop was designed to give emerging artists an opportunity to participate in our American Craft Shows for the first time. The program welcomes 60 artists to our shows each year, with ACC underwriting portions of their expenses and supplying them with booth structures and support for the weekend. Hip Pop artists are also matched with seasoned artists for a mentoring partnership.

$2,500 – Ensures American Craft magazine is present in schools

Every year, ACC donates 300 copies of American Craft to 15 partnering colleges and art schools in 11 states. American Craft provides a window into the rich world of craft through informative and engaging stories. Our award-winning magazine continues to inspire the next generation of artists by showing them exciting possibilities for a career in craft.

$5,000 – Supports our School-to-Market program

School-to-Market helps students from partnering colleges prepare for life as an artist by participating in our show for free. ACC works with teachers during a semester to help teach students how to prepare their work for a commercial marketplace. The program culminates with the opportunity for students to sell their items at our shows.

$10,000 – Underwrites Let’s Make Inspiration Stations

Let’s Make is a hands-on demonstration program at our craft shows. Providing a way for us to more directly engage our attendees in the act of making, Let’s Make showcases local makers and organizations in each show city who demonstrate handmade techniques using a variety of materials. Your gift allows us to allocate booth space and pay partnering artists for this unique program.

Thank you!

We wish to express our deep appreciation to the generous members of the Patron Society who have shown their dedication to craft and support of artists. We thank them for their deep commitment to preserving the field’s rich history and leading the way for future vitality and growth.

A list of Patron Society members can be found in our annual report.