2020 Program Update
The Maine Crafts Association has discontinued our CraftBoston mentor booth program and is not seeking participants for a 2020 booth. We will continue to offer emerging artist retail craft show support through our MCA Guild Fine Craft Shows.
The Maine Crafts Association and The Society of Arts + Crafts collaborated from 2013 – 2019 to offer MCA Members the opportunity to exhibit at CraftBoston Holiday in an MCA booth shared by two to five MCA Member artists and subsidized by The Society and the MCA. Artists selected to participate in the MCA Mentor Booth Program were provided information and training by professionals in the field and catered to the individual artists’ experience and needs. Program participants were granted automatic entry into CraftBoston Holiday the following two years as independent exhibitors. Artists applied to the MCA program through an application process outlined below and were juried & selected for the booth by the Society of Arts + Craft staff.
A competitive show comprised of over 175 fine craft exhibitors, CraftBoston Holiday is a highly regarded must-attend event for artists, collectors, and craft enthusiasts. CraftBoston is a mission-driven event that encourages the creation, collection, and conservation of the work of craft artists while promoting the public appreciation of fine craftsmanship. It features work by emerging artists from leading schools and universities, an artist mentor program, a craft bookseller, tours for special interest groups, and informational booths promoting non-profit craft organizations.
Presented at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s affluent Back Bay neighborhood, CraftBoston Holiday is conveniently located in a fashionable, concentrated shopping district and draws large crowds that include tourists, a loyal local population, and shoppers from the affluent suburbs of the greater Boston area. The combined effects of innovative programming, the holiday season, a shopping and art savvy neighborhood location, and highly concentrated marketing efforts ensures a strong audience of educated buyers at CraftBoston Holiday.
The Society of Arts & Crafts
Incorporated in 1897, The Society of Arts + Crafts is the oldest non-profit craft organization in the United States. The Society has been at the forefront of the American craft movement fostering the development, sales, recognition and education of craft for over 100 years.