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About Us

Craft Alliance nurtures and inspires creativity and engagement, educating and enriching our community through contemporary craft. Craft Alliance empowers you to experience the craft of our time by offering contemporary craft exhibitions featuring local and national artists, educating all levels of students in our state-of-the-art studios, and offering free classes for families in the local community.

Our Community

At Craft Alliance, we believe in the power of craft to bring people together, inspire creativity, and foster a sense of belonging.

Community Programs

Our community programs are designed to make contemporary craft accessible to everyone, regardless of age, background, or experience.

Summer Camps & Classes

Craft Alliance offers classes and camps in a wide variety of mediums such as ceramics, wood, metals, blacksmithing, glass, fibers, print, and paper arts.


Craft Alliance presents contemporary artists who use craft materials and techniques to create work that surprises, provokes, and ignites dialogue.


Your membership keeps our potters’ wheels spinning, weaving shuttles flying, hammers hammering, and craft education thriving!

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“A student told me that she was VERY frustrated that she couldn’t figure out how to get her glass bead to form. Her instructor was able to give her one on one help and reassure her progress. On the way home, she was so PROUD that she persevered and made it work. Craft Alliance is where students can experiment and test ideas without risk or judgment. That’s a rare and wonderful thing for kids today.”
Artsmarts Teacher
"Craft Alliance gives kids a different way to win. Not all kids can get wins at sports events… [some] have different kinds of talent. They have something beautiful and amazing and wonderful to contribute to this world that doesn't have to be athletic. Craft Alliance is a place where they can see people just like them. That may not look exactly like them, but the heart, soul, and talents that these kids have are so aligned that it's just a beautiful thing. You can't make that up. We need more of that in the world. Everyone needs a place to belong."
"There is no other program like this that exists. There is nothing even close to this anywhere else. There is really a community focus at Craft Alliance. It's a great opportunity for the students to produce craft at this level. Sure, some schools will have programs that do painting or maybe small sculpture, but no one is delving into, you know, jewelry or wood or fiber with this age group. We are removing limits and seeing what the kids can accomplish."
Crafting-A-Future Teacher

Celebrating Inspirational Teachers

We all have that one special teacher who inspired us, believed in us, and helped shape who we are today. Share your story of a special teacher who inspired you by posting on social media and tagging them. Let’s spread gratitude and appreciation for their dedication to shaping futures by giving back to the community through the power of craft.

Donate to our scholarship fund and help us empower the next generation of leaders through education. Click the button below to make a difference today!

Other Ways to Support

A donor advised fund provides an easy way to make significant charitable gifts with immediate tax benefits and deductions and allows you to give back to a cause that‚ close to your heart.

Request a grant distribution through your DAF sponsor. Be sure to use Craft Alliance‚ EIN # 43-1022226. Indicate whether your gift is unrestricted or designated to a specific cause i.e. program, annual fund, or appeal. You can also designate Craft Alliance as a beneficiary for your donor advised fund.

Many employers are happy to match your donations to 503(c) nonprofits. When combined with your gift, these matches can double your contribution! Don’t forget, employers can also match your Membership dues!

A planned gift, or bequest, provides benefits year after year to Craft Alliance and invests in the future of St. Louis’ only center dedicated to craft. There are a variety of ways to include Craft Alliance in your estate planning. If you have included us in your estate plans, we would love to acknowledge your generous gift, but we will respect your wishes to remain anonymous. For more information, please contact Bryan Knicely at 314.725.1177 x 329 or

Making a gift of stock is a popular way of supporting Craft Alliance. For more information, review our Stock Procedures below, or please contact Bryan Knicely at 314.725.1177 x 329 or

You can show your support for craft and the creative community by naming principal spaces in Craft Alliance’s new location in the Delmar Maker District. Available opportunities include the Glass Studio, Print & Paper Arts Studio, and the Digital Design Studio. For more information, please contact Bryan Knicely at 314.725.1177 x 329 or

Craft Alliance proudly supports other St. Louis Metro non-profit organizations by honoring donation requests for charitable fundraisers.  To request a donation, please fill out our request form here

Our typical donation to approved requesting organizations includes both:  (1) one-year, Insider membership and tuition for (1) 6-week Craft Alliance class. 

  • Donation requests must be submitted at least six weeks prior to the date the donation is needed (not the event date). 
  • All donation requests must be made through this online form. Craft Alliance cannot currently accept requests via email, mail, or phone. 
  •  Organizations are limited to one donation request per calendar year. 
  • We reserve the right to deny any donation request.
  • Requests will be reviewed in the order received. Please do not call regarding the status of your request. 
  • Donations, related materials are not currently issued electronically.
Questions? Please contact Claire Sherman, Development Manager: 

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Pick up a “My Schnucks Card” at any Schnucks store, register for eScrip, and Schnucks will automatically give to Craft Alliance every time you make a purchase!

Donations made to Craft Alliance’s annual fund support our annual operating budget. Your generosity ensures that we are able to deliver on our mission to nurture and inspire creativity and engagement, educating and enriching our community through contemporary craft. Your Annual Fund gift provides vital support where it’s needed most. From offering innovative programming and exhibitions to upgrading our studios to offering learning and engagement opportunities to the community, your gift will strengthen the field of craft today.

Craft Alliance members play an essential role in making our community the vibrant hub of creativity that it is. They are the heart and soul of the organization! Members provide vital support – helping to fund free community and family programming such as ArtSmarts and Free Family Saturdays. Members keep our potters’ wheels spinning, weaving shuttles flying, hammers hammering, and craft education thriving. Thank you to our members for all the ways you contribute to Craft Alliance’s ever-growing craft community! Become a member today >

Together, we can provide comprehensive art education, integrating craft into students’ daily lives and nurturing essential life skills.  With your generous support, we can keep crafting stories of learning, perseverance, and creativity in the heart of St. Louis. Your gift is an investment in the future of our community, and we are deeply grateful for your partnership.

Support our Scholarship Fund today!