How the Craft Show Supports the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Women’s Committee, sponsors of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show and responsible for its continued success, has a long legacy of supporting the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA). Since its 1883 inception by Elizabeth Duane Gillespie, Benjamin Franklin’s great-granddaughter, the Women’s Committee has dedicated itself to raising funds for the museum through projects and events.

The most successful event is the annual Craft Show.  Proceeds support a variety of programs and departments at the Museum. Each year a portion of the funds go toward an acquisition for the American Craft collection at the Museum, but there’s a whole lot more that this important group funds at the PMA. Here, we take a look what Craft Show proceeds support:


One of the Museum’s most talked about exhibitions, International Pop was supported with funding from the Craft Show. With Philadelphia as the only East Coast stop, visitors from across the globe were dazzled by the works of big names like Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol as well as lesser known artists like Marta Minujín and Dalila Puzzovio.

With critical acclaim from publications like the New York Times, Vice, and The Wall Street Journal, this special exhibition has made a splash in the arts community. It has also provided opportunities for the PMA to have a diverse array of pop art inspired events, like a Beatles night with Pennsylvania Ballet’s PBII and a late night mod fashion show hosted by Philadelphia’s own Martha Graham Cracker.


This one-of-a-kind course for legally blind adults, combines studio art classes with art history. Classes feature “touch tours” coupled with in-depth visual descriptions from conservators, curators, and specially trained guides. Historical and subjective information supplements the studio portion of the classes; where artist instructors expose students to a wide variety of styles and materials and encourage the students to make art that expresses their true selves.


For the third year in a row, the Craft Show is pleased to support Art Splash, the PMA’s summer educational program for children and their families. This summer’s edition of Art Splash is titled “Creative Africa” and will focus on daily gallery explorations, studio art creation, interactive activities, and other imaginative programming around this theme and exhibition. From hands-on projects to experiencing some of the world’s finest art, Art Splash is an incredible way to immerse and engage children in art at a young age.


While it may seem a bit early to be thinking about holiday cheer, the planning for the PMA’s magnificent displays start months prior to the cold weather. From arrangements for the iconic tree and light displays to planning seasonal crafts and programming, the Craft Show allows for the PMA to celebrate the holidays and ring in the new year in elegant style.

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