American Crafts Festival

| May 22, 2009

Visit the American Crafts Festival June 13-14 and June 20-21 in New York City to find more than 35,000 one-of-a-kind uniquely designed original creations with a total estimated value of $20 million. The event is the most popular, the largest and the most innovative in the New York tri-state region and one of the oldest and most respected in the United States. More than 250,000 visitors are expected to view craft displays from 39 states, as well as guest artists from Canada, Mexico, Israel and Argentina.

The festival was originally conceived as an opportunity to provide a support mechanism enabling craft artists to continue their work, providing them with a dignified living while offering the community an unparalleled cultural event. Since its inception, this event has become one of the most extensive and best attended craft expositions in the United States, hosting more than seven million visitors since 1977.

The 33rd annual American Crafts Festival takes place from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday June 13 and June 20, and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 14 and June 21, at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Different craft displays will be exhibited each weekend at Damrosch Park and the Josie L. Robertson Plaza at 64th Street and Columbus Avenue in Manhattan.

Admission is free. The festival is produced by the American Concern for Art and Craftsmanship, a New York City based not-for-profit organization, will feature 300 juried selections from among 1,436 applicants and is sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts.

The American Concern for Art and Craftsmanship is a New York Foundation for the Arts member and is an arts organization offering educational and essential services to American craft artists.

For the 25th consecutive year, the governor issued a proclamation declaring June "American Crafts Month" throughout New York State in honor of the festival. The City of New York has also issued a proclamation honoring this event as a New York City tradition.

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