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From lectures at the ACC Library to special events at our retail shows across the country, educational programming is designed to provide interactive and thoughtful insight into the state of contemporary American craft and promote craft traditions.

American Craft Awards

The ACC gives out annual and biennial awards that recognize groundbreaking artists, outstanding philanthropists, and individuals and organizations with a lifelong commitment to the field of craft.


Library and Archives

Open to the public on weekdays and containing more than 16,000 books, exhibition catalogs, videos, and bound journals, the American Craft Council Library and Archives are the heart of the ACC’s educational mission.


Library Salon Series

Every spring and fall, the American Craft Council presents a series of public conversations, events, and film screenings about craft, making, and art. These programs, known as the Salon Series, are presented in the ACC Library on the second floor of the historic Grain Belt Building in Minneapolis.

Conferences, Exhibitions, and Symposia

Since the first ACC conference at Asilomar, California, in 1957, the organization has been dedicated to bringing together the brightest minds and most talented artists in the field to discuss the current state and future of craft in America. The ACC has continued holding conferences across the country through the present, as well as expanding public knowledge about the state of craft through exhibitions and educating aspiring craft students through academic symposia.

Show Programs

The American Craft Council shows are the flagship annual events for the organization and a fantastic venue to present educational programming to an engaged and arts-savvy audience. 

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