Celebrate Craft Year

What Is Craft Year?

Craft Year 2020 is a year-long celebration of contemporary fine craft. It is a national festival promoting events from all across the country, and an opportunity to create craft events and activities, or simply re-brand your existing programming for Craft Year. This could include exhibitions, workshops, festivals, studio tours and more.

Through the CitizensofCraft.ca platform, we will highlight Canadian craft events at the local, regional, national and international levels in an effort to connect and build community both through, and for, craft.

Who Can Take Part & How?

Professional craft artists, curators, collectors, community organizers, teachers, or any lovers of all things craft!

  • Attend An Event
  • Host An Event
  • Become A Craft Council Member
  • Collaborate & Connect

Why Craft Year

How Does Craft Year Work?

Craft Year is an ongoing initiative rooted in education, connection, and dialogue about the world of craft. It is a path to forging new connections between craft artists, supporters, and the public at large. An opportunity or everyone to connect with the Citizens of Craft movement, discover craft artists and events across Canada and celebrating the story of craft.

Craft Year 2020 ... Will

1/  Encourage craft artists and arts based organizations to make new connections

2/  Increase craft exploration and investment through new opportunities and public events

3/  Foster craft activity, awareness and recognition in unexpected places!

How You Can Participate

Take Part In The Action

Craft based events are happening across Canada all year long. Search for events in your area, and register your own events in the database. Workshops, gallery openings, studio tours... anything that features professional craft and encourages public engagement with this diverse form of art can be a Craft Year event.

Become A Craft Influencer. Snap It. Stream It. Share It.

Share your experience! Promote the inspirational work of craft artists in your region. Use your social media skills to spread the word about craft activity, and use our toolkit to help!


Take A Leading Role

Craft Year is your opportunity to create craft related events and activities, or to re-brand existing programming to be a part of these national celebrations. Be a part of something bigger and join a national movement of craft!

In order to host an event, there are some steps you need to take:

Create a Profile on the Citizens of Craft website here

Register your upcoming event(s) here

Download the Craft Year 2020 Marketing & Promotions Toolkit

Brand your event using the guidelines found here

Promote your event Share your story and put Craft Year to work for you.

Upcoming Events

Get involved in Craft Year 2020. Attend an upcoming event or start your own!

CraftED: Introduction to Leather MItten Making with Sheila Cailleau
February 15, 2020 - February 22, 2020

1, 329 Cumberland Ave
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1T2

  • 246

Beneath the Surface 2019-20 in Saint John, NB
January 10, 2020 - March 06, 2020

20 Peel Plaza
Saint John, New Brunswick E2L 5A5

  • 210

Craft NB Summer Fest 2020
July 04, 2020 - July 04, 2020

569 Route 121, Bloomfield, NB
Bloomfield, New Brunswick E5N 4T9

  • 186

Cultivate | Instigate - Exhibition
January 18, 2020 - March 21, 2020

1721 29 Avenue SW, #280, cSpace King Edward
Calgary, Alberta T2T 6T7

  • 160

Build Partnerships

Collaborate & Connect

Craft Year 2020 is intended to be educational and engaging, to share our collective passion for craft. We encourage you to seek out cross-sectoral opportunities for craft to shine. Reach out to new potential partners and build new relationships.

We recommend you reach out to partners working in these areas, to open a conversation about how craft affects us all, in:

Science & Technology

Social & Cultural Communities

Do you have a proposal? An idea for an innovative project? Use Craft Year 2020 as a reason to reach out, to open doors, and to start talking about craft’s role in society at large.

Don’t forget - Craft Year can be a
powerful tool to support your activity:

  • Highlight special Craft Year partnerships in your funding proposals.
  • Reach out to your local government to champion craft based initiatives. Invite government representatives to be a part of your Craft Year events.
  • Introduce yourself or your organization to local artist guilds, galleries, and events in your region and beyond.
  • Challenge yourself to do something new for yourself, and for others who live, breathe, and make craft!

Become A Council Member

The Citizens of Craft platform will live on long after Craft Year wraps… stay involved by becoming a Craft Council member to ensure you make the most of your new / improved digital presence.

Yukon Arts Society

Yukon Arts Society

Nunavut Arts & Crafts Association

Nunavut Arts & Crafts Association

Craft Council of British Columbia

Craft Council of British Columbia

Alberta Craft Council

Alberta Craft Council

Saskatchewan Craft Council

Saskatchewan Craft Council

PEI Crafts Council

PEI Crafts Council

Craft Ontario

Craft Ontario

Conseil des Métiers d'Art du Québec

Conseil des Métiers d'Art du Québec

Craft Council of Newfoundland & Labrador

Craft Council of Newfoundland & Labrador

Craft NB / Métiers d’art NB

Craft NB / Métiers d’art NB

Craft Nova Scotia

Craft Nova Scotia