Our History & Mission
The Worcester Center for Crafts plays an important role in maintaining central New England's edge on crafts education, advocacy, and entrepreneurship. The Worcester Center for Crafts is a nonprofit, community-based arts organization committed to:
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.
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."