Our Mission

The mission of the Worcester Center for Crafts is to cultivate creativity through education, celebration, and the elevation of the art of craft.

Our Vision

The Worcester Center for Crafts will grow its proud tradition of serving our community as a center that

1. Provides quality craft education by master craft artists.

2. Provides a welcoming place for all interested in engaging in the creative process.

3. Provides a forum for the exchange of artistic ideas and techniques.

4. Provides opportunities that connect patrons and enthusiasts with the work of accomplished craftspeople.

since 1856

Our History

In 1856, we were established as the Worcester Employment Society. In the early days, the Center forged its tradition of economic empowerment through craft by teaching the skills necessary to create and sell handmade crafts, primarily to immigrants and immigrant women. Today, the Worcester Center for Crafts is an organization that still sees the value of craft in improving the quality of life for Worcester residents.

The Worcester Center for Crafts completed its 153rd year in 2009 by forging an alliance and partnership with Worcester State University. WSU’s Visual and Performing Arts classes in art and music meet in our studios, and student transportation is provided by the Sagamore Shuttle. WSU, as our partner, provides much-needed support, including leadership expertise. Together, we are moving forward into a future of “inspiring and building a creative community through the promotion, appreciation, and teaching of craft.”