What your Gift makes possible

The Center of American Craft has opened its doors and made so much more possible for members and patrons of fine craft:

  • 6,000 sq. ft. cleared of debris for craft activity
  • Vibrant 850 sq. ft. store opens & celebrates fine craft sales of over $50,000
  • Elegant first floor gallery opens and hosts  many exhibitions
  • 235 volunteers help create class space
  • Fully functional Hot Shop, Wood Studio and Fiber Studio
  • 100+ classes held
  • 300+ students served
  • 14,000+ visitors on site
  • $245,000 donated for renovations and educational programs

Please help keep the momentum going.

For 70 years, the Pennsylvania Guild has served as one of the best educational resources for makers of fine craft in Pennsylvania and surrounding states. Now the 7th largest craft organization in the nation, the PA Guild reaches more than 100,000 people annually. We are in an exciting campaign to transform an old warehouse in downtown Lancaster into a vibrant Community Magnet that will offer daily and weekly classes.

Continuing gifts of all sizes and shapes are needed to complete renovations. The sooner the dollars are raised, the faster the Center of American Craft can serve more audiences—including artists of all ages and abilities from beginners to professionals, from youth to seniors.

You can make it happen with your unrestricted gift to the Guild.

Ideas of what your gift could make possible:

  • $150 buys 1 overhead light for a classroom or small sets of jewelry tools or casting equipment
  • $600 supplies a scroll saw or a printing press or sewing machine or a fire-rated door for a classroom
  • $1,500 lights an entire classroom
  • $2,500 runs adequate plumbing or electrical capacity loads to a classroom
  • $15,000 equips a classroom with most tools, materials and supplies
  • $25,000 carves out the space for 1 of 6 classrooms including fiber, wood, jewelry & glass workshops, a clay studio, lecture room and clean craft spaces
  • $75,000 renovates all bathrooms, storage, exhibition spaces and complicated ceiling changes
  • $125,000 enables a 150+ foot long exterior mural celebrating Pennsylvania’s legacy of fine craftsmanship, and simultaneously providing a highly visible and accessible public art installation that draws attention to craft
  • $275,000 installs an elevator with access to all levels and provides handicapped access through a new exterior atrium at street level and makes it possible for all students to access classrooms (most of which are located on the 2nd floor)
  • $1 million accomplishes the bucket list, resolves the mortgage, and contributes a vital investment to the Guild’s endowment fund, thereby ensuring future growth and long term stability for all

Be a part of the transformation.

All gifts may be paid over time. Please consider committing to a five year pledge (at quarterly or annual installments). You may submit donations via credit card, check, PayPal or through transfers of stock. For more information, please contact:

Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen
Center of American Craft
335 N. Queen St
Lancaster, PA 17603
Attn: Jenny Germann

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Donate Tools & Equipment

Contact Jenny at 717-431-8706 or via email to discuss equipment and tools that you may wish to donate to our workshop program. Here is the current wish list for jewelry, metals and glass program.

Thanks!flush cutters3
set of 6 pliers: fine-tip chain-nose, long chain-nose, duck-bill, fine-tip flatnose, bent long-chain-nose, tine-tip roundnose4
Thanks!solder pick3
Flammables Cabinet1
Thanks!bench pin8
jeweler's saw, adjustable blade length, 5" throat4
Thanks!motor hangers with clamps8
Thanks!copper tongs, straight1
Thanks!copper tongs, bent1
Thanks!soldering tweezers, set of 42
Thanks!millimeter gauge4
firing racks3
firing fork1
scrolling tool
assortment of trivets
alundum stones, 120 grit
alundum stones, 220 grit
small sifter for enameling1
medium sifter for enameling2
large sifters for enameling3
Thanks!hand-held tube cutter jig2
wax tools, wolf set, 18 pieces1
needle file set, wax, cut coarse1
Anvils, 35 lb2
4-Harness Table Looms4
rolling mill1