The Germantown Friends School Juried Craft Show started in 1985 as a relatively small parent-sponsored event to raise money for student scholarships. However, things have taken off in the last three decades, and this isn’t your average school craft fair. This juried show is nationally recognized for the excellence it exhibits in arts and it’s prominence as a premier event has truly grown. But now just as then the mission is the same: to provide money to the school and its students. Every year, revenue from the show goes towards buying new equipment for the school. Everything from playground equipment to musical instruments is financed courtesy of the Craft Show.
The Craft is ranked as one of the top 50 shows nationwide and among the top ten percent of the nation’s shows, and not for nothing. The artists on exhibit form a select league of craftsmanship. Thousands of applicants are pared down by a discriminating jury to a modest 75 artists who are then tasked with representing the most prestigious and accomplished workmanship in mediums that range from glass and ceramics to fibers, leather, metal, wood, and mixed media. While these artists come from all over the country, there are a select group of artists who represent the region in the special category of Emerging Local Artists.
The Craft Show is held on the campus of the Germantown Friends School in historic northwest Philadelphia. The event spans both Saturday and Sunday and draws thousands of visitors. Times vary between Saturday and Sunday, but the show generally starts in the late morning and runs to the late afternoon. For those who simply cannot wait for the weekend festivities, the show opens early with an exclusive Friday evening preview party. The party is a catered affair and tickets are available at the door or purchased in advance.
There is a nominal fee to attend the weekend dates and are free to students under 18. Parking is available on site.