Participation Information

Participation Information


The Hip Pop program uses a community-based booth structure to provide a supportive atmosphere for participating artists. Hip Pop booths are 20 x 10 ft. inline booths containing six individual units measuring 4 ft. wide x 2 ft. deep x 8 ft. high. Each Hip Pop booth will be comprised of a community of six artists. View scale illustrations of Hip Pop booths and units, including individual unit design options.

Each Hip Pop unit includes:

  • A unit structure of side and back walls
  • A variety of interchangeable shelving and hanging rod options
  • Electrical service, basic lighting, and extension cords

Each booth also includes the following shared resources:

  • A shared central counter to display and sell work
  • Under-counter storage
  • Shared seating

Hip Pop Counter

Booth Fees

Booth fees for a single Hip Pop unit:

  • Baltimore wholesale and retail: $795
  • Baltimore retail only: $550
  • Atlanta: $550
  • St. Paul: $550
  • San Francisco: $600

Booth fees cover:

  • Space rental
  • Hip Pop booth structure
  • Electrical service
  • Basic lighting
  • Booth directory sign (artists are responsible for signage for individual units)
  • Listing in show directory
  • Listing on website
  • Five free guest passes                                      
  • Exhibitor badge and one assistant badge
  • Promotional materials (postcards, electronic flyers)
  • National advertising campaigns
  • Discounted tickets on public days

Booth fees DO NOT cover ancillary services such as shipping and wireless internet access (exception: wireless internet access is provided to all exhibitors free of charge at the St. Paul show).

    Exhibitor Obligations

    • Accepted exhibitors must agree to abide by the general terms and conditions of the American Craft Council shows as stated on this page.
    • Exhibitors must be full-time residents of the United States or Canada, and all work must be produced in the United States or Canada.
    • Exhibitors must be professional, capable of producing work of consistent quality, and responsible for fulfilling orders obtained at an ACC show.
    • All work must be original and handmade in the United States or Canada. Small studio production work under the direct supervision of the applicant is acceptable.
    • Exhibitors must present work consistent with the type and quality represented in the application submission. In addition, work of inferior quality or inordinate proportions of work not represented in the image submission is not permitted.
    • Exhibitors must represent their work in person for the duration of the show. Exhibitors’ employees may not substitute for the exhibitor. Sales representatives are never permitted.
    • Booth displays must remain intact until the show ends.
    • Exhibitors must have a valid state sales tax permit from each state in which they are participating in an ACC show. Exhibitors are responsible for collecting and reporting sales tax where applicable.

    Exhibitor Support

    • After signing a booth contract, all participating artists will receive a Hip Pop program manual and exhibitor kit with answers to frequently asked questions, lists of suggested items to bring to the show, marketing tips, and other helpful information.
    • All artists will have access to the program manager for support with individual inquiries both prior to the show and on-site.
    • The program manager will connect the members of each booth before the show.
    • Artists will be partnered with an experienced ACC exhibitor in a buddy program so they can get advice and ask questions.
    • A Hip Pop orientation will be held during set up at each show to demonstrate booth structure set up and provide a forum for participating artists to meet the program manager, get to know each other, and ask questions.
    Erin Smith wins Hip Pop Emerging Artist Award

    Hip Pop emerging artist award winner Erin Smith.

    Hip Pop Emerging Artist Award

    Hip Pop participants are uniquely eligible for an award, designed to recognize the talents of emerging artists. One awardee is selected from the Hip Pop participants at each ACC retail show. This award is juried and sponsored by the trustees of the American Craft Council as a part of the Council’s efforts to support the professional development of emerging artists and strengthen economic opportunities within the craft field. Awardees receive automatic admission to exhibit during the following show season and will receive a free Hip Pop unit (up to $550) or a discount of $550 off a standard booth (preferred option to be selected by the awardee).

    For questions about the Hip Pop program, please contact program manager Lindsay Noble at [email protected].