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Society of Arts and Crafts

 100 Pier 4 Boulevard, Suite 200
 Boston, MA 02210
[P] (617) 266-1810 x 206
[F] (857) 990-3669
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EIN 04-2103850

LAST UPDATED: 07/16/2019
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Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

The Society of Arts and Crafts’ (SA+C) mission is to encourage the creation, collection, and promotion of the work of contemporary craft artists and to advance public appreciation of fine craft. To fulfill our mission, SA+C presents free exhibitions, CraftBoston Spring and Holiday, a distinctive craft fair presented twice annually, the Artist Residency program, the Artist Awards Program, the Mentor Program, and public educational programming. We also promote the work of over 400 craft artists annually in our gallery spaces on an ongoing basis.

Mission Statement

The Society of Arts and Crafts’ (SA+C) mission is to encourage the creation, collection, and promotion of the work of contemporary craft artists and to advance public appreciation of fine craft. To fulfill our mission, SA+C presents free exhibitions, CraftBoston Spring and Holiday, a distinctive craft fair presented twice annually, the Artist Residency program, the Artist Awards Program, the Mentor Program, and public educational programming. We also promote the work of over 400 craft artists annually in our gallery spaces on an ongoing basis.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Feb 01, 2019 to Jan 31, 2020
Projected Income $1,142,470.00
Projected Expense $1,478,468.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Artist Residency
  • Exhibitions
  • Mentor Program
  • Mineck Furniture Fellowship

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Mission Statement

The Society of Arts and Crafts’ (SA+C) mission is to encourage the creation, collection, and promotion of the work of contemporary craft artists and to advance public appreciation of fine craft. To fulfill our mission, SA+C presents free exhibitions, CraftBoston Spring and Holiday, a distinctive craft fair presented twice annually, the Artist Residency program, the Artist Awards Program, the Mentor Program, and public educational programming. We also promote the work of over 400 craft artists annually in our gallery spaces on an ongoing basis.

Background Statement

Incorporated in 1897, the Society of Arts and Crafts has been at the forefront of the American craft movement, fostering the development, sales, recognition, and education of crafts for over one hundred years. Our highly committed founders promoted standards of excellence in design and technical mastery for crafts that inspired the American Arts and Crafts Movement.
Craft practitioners continue to challenge mass production with everything they make; they tell a story, espouse a truth, and inspire awe. Our work establishes a common ground between those who practice a craft and those who sustain it. Together, we are a community of people who, through our skill and our passion, bear the standard for contemporary craft.
SA+C has undergone a series of changes since 2015. We were forced to leave our home of 40-plus years on Newbury Street after the owner sold the building. After winning a competitive-bid process with the City of Boston in 2016, we moved to our current home at 100 Pier 4 Blvd in Boston’s rapidly-developing Seaport District. Our new space is much larger but lacks the visibility and built-in community we enjoyed on Newbury Street. We also underwent leadership changes. Our new Executive Director, Brigitte Martin, seeks to make us a must-see destination in Boston with a new vision for more inclusive, dynamic, and engaging programs and exhibitions.

Impact Statement

Since 1897, the Society of Arts + Crafts (SA+C) has been a leader in the American craft movement, setting standards of excellence in design and technical mastery, fostering the recognition and sale of crafts, and advancing public appreciation of fine craft. We are one of the oldest craft organizations in the country and have provided artistic and fiscal support to thousands of artists and craftspeople. For over a hundred years, SA+C has supported craft makers and advanced contemporary craft. We provide an innovative marketplace through curated creative exhibitions and a retail space.


Our bi-annual CraftBoston craft show supports the livelihood of over 300 artists, including 50 emerging artists. Our “Cups Runneth Over” exhibition program is a nationally celebrated event that explores innovations in form, material, and ornament in ceramics, and provides an educational approach to the public appreciation of "Portfolio Pieces" while offering more financially accessible art to the public. 


We have consistently supported a range of craft communities in the New England area and we are particularly proud of the fact that over 75% of our artists are women. Supporting artists to grow their careers through exhibitions, education, and the sale of artwork is central to our work. Many emerging artists have launched their careers via our organization and gone on to become established, successful artists.


The following renowned contemporary artists got their start with SA+C:


Amy Nguyen – Fiber Artist

Dwo Wen Chen – Ceramic Artist, runs 3 Wheels Studio

Boris Bally – Furniture and Metal Work Artist

Melissa Finelli – Jewelry Artist

Peter Houck – Glass Artist

Needs Statement

While our move to the Seaport District has provided us with a beautiful and significantly larger new space, it also increased our operating expenses and spurred a cultural shift. SA+C is responding to the new financial challenge of this transition with the hiring of a new Executive Director, a Development Manager, and the Board embarking on a strategic planning process to increase individual giving and foundation support. Our new Director is re-thinking and re-shaping our programs, exhibitions, physical layout, and use of technology to provide a more engaging and inviting experience for all.
SA+C now has a new opportunity and the physical space to professionalize the organization with improved processes, expanded educational programs, and ethnic and cultural diversity. This shift encourages us to look outward rather than inward, broaden our financial base, and develop cultural competency.
We seek support to better reach and promote populations not traditionally served by SA+C, including African American, Native American, Hispanic, and Asian craft artists, and those who are new immigrants to the country and bring with them a rich array of their traditional crafts. Funding will help us achieve more inclusivity through expanded outreach and educational programs.

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Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served


The Society of Arts + Crafts serves American craft artists and the general public. Many of our artists live and work in Greater Boston and the New England region. We provide exhibitions and educational programs at no cost to the public. Most of our visitors reside in Boston and its surrounding cities Occasionally, we host international exhibitions and artists. In September 2019, we are bringing the Japanese Artists’ Group Kogei-Kyoto to our gallery.

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts Education
  2. Public & Societal Benefit -
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Artist Residency

SA+C’s Artist Residency program, which began in 2017, provides a stipend to four artists per year. The program’s goal is to educate the public by offering a snapshot of the artistic process from concept to completion. Residencies last for three months each and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Artists work in publicly accessible open studio space, allowing them to interact with a diverse visitor audience and educate the public about their craft. Each artist receives a $750 stipend. We promote the work of our residents through our website, social media posts, printed materials, workshops, and artist talks. We encourage the sale of their artwork.

Budget  --
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Artists-in-Residence
Population Served Adults US
Program Short-Term Success 

This program provides a unique work environment for both emerging and established local craft artists. Emerging artists benefit by gaining valuable exposure, connections, and selling opportunities. Because they are asked to be on location 3 days a week for 8 hours a day, the experience facilitates increased productivity. Emerging artists also gain valuable exposure to collectors and the broader public, other established craft artists, and opportunities to sell their work in our on-site retail gallery.


Established artists gain an opportunity to work on specific projects that they may not have the time or space for in their private studios and businesses. Unlike many similar programs where the artist works in isolation and produces a show at the end, our residency is highly interactive for the duration of the time the artist is on-site.


In 2019, we will host the following artists:


Jessica Smith Folium (Feb 1 – April 19): Boston-based paper artist Jessica creates life-like paper flowers. Over the course of her twelve-week residence in the gallery, Jessica will be creating pieces for a large, sprawling floral arrangement inspired by the works of florist Constance Spry.


Hanna Washburn (April 23 – July 26): New York-based textile artist Hanna creates craft art that evokes the softness and imperfection of the body, material memory, and craft practices. Her recent work investigates cultural constructions of femininity and the female body. Hanna looks forward to incorporating SA+C’s space and community into her art.


Michelle Lougee (Aug 1 – Oct 24): Cambridge-based sculpture artist Michelle creates natural forms from crocheted plastic bags. Her recent work is based on nature and grows from a response to the plastic debris in our oceans.
Program Long-Term Success  The Artist Residency program, which began in 2017, has already become one of our most successful programs. In the long-term, we seek to become a go-to for emerging and established professional craft artists in New England, providing them an opportunity to grow in a craft by exploring new directions. We will improve visibility to visitors to provide a more engaging experience for both the artist and visitor. We will also expand on their educational offerings via artist demos, workshops, and youth education teaching opportunities. Our workshops will become sought-after experiences in the Greater Boston community
Program Success Monitored By  Program success is monitored by our Exhibitions Associate. We measure success via the number of participants at artist talks and workshops, testimonials from artists after they complete their residency, sales of artists’ work in the retail gallery, and our number of events annually. In 2019, we will be developing and implementing pre-and post residence surveys for each artist.
Examples of Program Success 

In 2018, the Society featured the following artists:

Jodi Colella – Fall/Winter 2018 to 2019

Laura Petrovich-Cheney – Summer/Fall 2018

Muffy Young – Summer 2018

Lily Fein – Winter/Spring 2018


“I miss my time at Society of Arts + Crafts. My residency was from October 2018 to January 2019.  I worked in the well-appointed studio space, met new people and had the opportunity to talk about my processes and concepts. I believe that these engagements provide helpful new opportunities and ideas. The conversations were intelligent and insightful and I always learned something new. Visitors repeatedly related how interesting it was for them to witness an artist’s process. This is extremely rewarding and validating for a studio artist who spends most of their time working alone.


SA+C is a supportive and welcoming community where everyone collaborates for the common good. It was inspiring to be in the presence of quality craftsmanship and positive stewardship. I felt honored to be a member of this historic institution. I am also proud of my contributions to the dynamics of SA+C’s experience for the visitor, including my interpersonal exchanges with people, my workshop, and the Headwear Sculpture performance."

- Jodi Colella, 2018 Fall Artist in Residence


One of the most established artists we’ve engaged is fiber artist Adrienne Sloane.


I was very pleased to be chosen as artist-in-residence at the Boston Society Of Arts + Crafts during its inaugural year in its new Seaport location. In residence from May through July, it was a refreshing experience with unique opportunities to interact with the public. Away from my daily routine, I experimented with felted jewelry, a new direction for me.


Equally exciting, I was able to engage with visitors in occasional lively conversations over some of my larger political work, which I also finished and installed while there. I set my own schedule, attended some of the wonderful Thursday night events as well as offering programming of my own. The 400 square-foot resident space looks out over the gallery and my time there bridged two inspirational shows.


All in all, it is a really a great opportunity for local artists looking to expand their visibility and spend time with SA+C staff and others in a space that highly values the contribution of the arts.

- Adrienne Sloane interview with Art Sake (“Adrienne Sloane on Her Society of Arts and Crafts Residency”, September 18, 2017)


SA+C hosts a steady rotation of exhibits and events at our location in Boston’s Seaport District. We curate a variety of themed exhibits and small group shows.
Budget  --
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts Exhibitions
Population Served Adults College Aged (18-26 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

SA+C hosts a steady rotation of exhibits and events at our location in Boston’s Seaport District. We curate a variety of themed exhibits and small group shows.


In 2019, we seek to go beyond the traditionally featured craft mediums with shows like Pulp + Process, which highlights artists who create work with paper. For each exhibition, we host an opening and closing reception, curator talks, artist talks, and hands-on workshops. We also seek to bring more culturally diverse artists into the exhibition gallery spaces. We are excited to be participating in the City of Boston’s Celebration of their 60-year Sister City relationship with Kyoto (Japan) this September. We will be hosting the master craft artists from the Artists’ Group Kogei-Kyoto.


Current and Upcoming exhibits for 2019 are:



April 25 – June 30

Guest Curators: Izzy Berdan and David Bermingham of the Boston LGBTQIA Artists Alliance


The Unraveling: Adrienne Sloane

April 25 – July 7


Linda Huey “Dark Garden”

May 9 – July 21


SA+C Artist Awards

July 3 – September 1


Kogei-Kyoto at SA+C/Boston: Contemporary Innovators in Japanese Arts and Crafts

September 10 - November 10

Presented with Kogei Kyoto, an artist’s group in Kyoto, Japan in celebration of the 60th anniversary of Kyoto and Boston's Sister City relationship


Boston Craft Artists

November 20 to February 15, 2019
Program Long-Term Success  Success will be evident in a variety of ways. Within the next few years, SA+C will become the destination for engaging, cutting-edge, high-quality shows. Opening and closing receptions will consistently receive big turnouts, positive feedback from both the general public and press and generate a well-orchestrated array of educational programming and cultural events. We will transform the public understanding of craft arts in Greater Boston as something that is socially relevant, speaks to the lived experience of a diverse array of cultures, and as an accessible art form that reflects a range of skill levels. Our shows will also consistently attract exciting collaborations with local arts and social justice organizations. Craft arts, through SA+C’s exhibition programming, will become known as the most inclusive arts community.
Program Success Monitored By  Success is monitored by our Exhibitions Associate, Retail Gallery Manager, and Marketing Manager. We measure success by tracking the number of RSVPs, the number of people attending each exhibition, press coverage and reviews, sales of artworks in the show, attendance at exhibition-related programming, and paper and electronic surveys of artists and viewers. Successful shows bring in 100 to 200 people for the opening and closing receptions, receive press coverage in local and regional media outlets, generate revenue for the artists and SA+C through sales, help attract new artists to work with us, and stimulate collaborations tied to each exhibition’s theme.
Examples of Program Success  I.M.A.G.I.N.E Peace Now was one of our most successful exhibitions to date. Taking place in the spring of 2017, the show’s opening reception brought in 243 RSVPs and generated more programming and collaborations than most exhibitions before. Boris Bally, whose relationship with SA+C goes back to the early 90s, curated the show. One of the reasons the exhibition was such a success was that it went beyond simply presenting beautifully made craft to evoking conversation around a pressing social issue. In addition to artist and curator talks, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America hosted an event here with survivors of gun violence, and a musical group consisting of Boston Police members and at-risk youth held a concert.

Mentor Program

Established in 2005, SA+C’s Mentor Program prepares emerging artists for participation in premiere craft shows via CraftBoston Holiday. CraftBoston Holiday is a competitive retail show comprised of over 175 exhibitors selling fine craft at the Hynes Convention Center. Central to the Mentor Program is a multi-year association with CraftBoston.
Budget  --
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Artists' Services
Population Served Adults
Program Short-Term Success 

Established in 2005, SA+C’s Mentor Program prepares emerging artists for participation in premiere craft shows via CraftBoston Holiday. CraftBoston Holiday is a competitive retail show comprised of over 175 exhibitors selling fine craft at the Hynes Convention Center. Central to the Mentor Program is a multi-year association with CraftBoston.


Three to four artists are selected to participate in the Mentor Program every 2 years. Participants attend a series of training meetings at SA+C, working with artist mentors, show management, and each other to design a shared, subsidized booth at CraftBoston Holiday. Training topics include booth design, marketing, pricing and selling of work, legal and insurance issues, and portfolio development.


After completion of their first year, Mentor Program participants are eligible to apply for a subsidized independent 10’x10' booth at CraftBoston Holiday the following year as a second-year participant.
Program Long-Term Success 

Mentorship at SA+C marks the beginning of a long-term relationship with the artists we represent: It begins with a prescribed program of taking goods to market, and continues with SA+C providing a connection to craft professionals, educators, collectors, and partnered organizations. Mentees have the opportunity to be represented in our retail gallery, exhibition gallery, and can apply for the Artist Award or Minek Fellowship. Our board members connect with mentees on an individual basis to recommend them for internships, grant opportunities, and apprenticeships (ie: Saint Botolph Artist Award $5,000, internships at Penland, Haystack, Arrowmont, scholarships at Metalwerx and Snowfarm, teaching opportunities at craft schools).


The Mentor Program consistently equips artist mentees to have successful careers. We hope to increase the program’s impact by bringing in new mentoring artists, and providing more one-on-one meetings between mentor and mentee, new educational topics, and more training opportunities.
Program Success Monitored By  Program success is monitored by our CraftBoston Director and the mentors. It’s measured by the number of mentees, the number of mentees who complete both years, sales numbers at CraftBoston, and artist surveys. Also, we can see the qualitative impact by observing the way an artist’s booth design changes as they grow in the program.
Examples of Program Success 

Heidi Martin and Micah Thanhauser were our 2017-2018 mentors. Heide is a former landscape architect who brings an appreciation of foundational materials to her furniture and housewares. Martin creates functional and utilitarian ceramic objects. Our 2017-2018 mentees were:


·      Hannah Regier - Vermont-based textile artist who knits winter hats.

·      Dana DiPlacido – Designer and craft artist who focuses on lighting, furniture, and home décor.

·      Joseph Sheehan – Wood furniture artist who creates furniture that communicates with both other craft artists and the general public.

·      Joshua Primmer – Sculptural and functional ceramic artist


Some of the makers we have supported through our program have become established selling artists: Laura Jacklitsch (jewelry), Jen Stark (knit clothing), Aron Leaman (glass), and Heather Dawson (wood). Laura is a Somerville-based jewelry artist, creating pieces made of wood and plastic. As a result of going through the program, she refined her body of work, created a more effective and efficient booth, and increased her number of sales. Since finishing the program, she has gone on to become recognized nationally for her work.


 Looking back on my experience as a mentee in the Society of Arts + Crafts’ Holiday CraftBoston session, I remember being so grateful to have been accepted into the program. I was excited to be sharing booth space with Micah, whose work I admire and whose aesthetic is a beautiful contrast with my own. I think that the selection committee did a phenomenal job in selecting two artists whose work is visually compatible, yet also so distinct. I imagine that must be a very challenging aspect of the selection process.


I was also impressed with the mentorship packet, and found it very thorough, thoughtful, and beautifully composed. Because I had participated in past exhibitions, including one CraftBoston show, I think that perhaps I did not glean as much from the mentor packet as a total newbie would, but I did appreciate having it as a reference. And I imagine that it would be a true gift to a craft show newbie!


Our on-site Craft Boston experience was similarly thoughtful and thorough, with people often checking in with us to make sure we had what we needed. We were mentioned multiple times on the Society’s Instagram feed, which was great PR for both Micah and I. We met other artists who came to our booth just to check out the mentees, which was wonderful and very supportive.


Finally, I would like to express that it was wonderful to have the support of the Society in securing housing for our Boston stay. That was most helpful, and we were grateful to have one less thing to think about, as well as one less expense.”

- Heide Martin, 2017-2018 Mentee

Mineck Furniture Fellowship

John D. Mineck was a longtime SA+C board member. A foundation was created after his passing to continue his support for wood furniture makers and the SA+C. The John D. Mineck Foundation was formed to award charitable and educational gifts reflecting Mineck’s passion and values. The Furniture Fellowship developed from John’s love for making fine furniture and the skill, passion, and dedication exhibited by those in the furniture field. In an effort to support this craft and the people who make it, the John D. Mineck Foundation created this fellowship in 2009 to encourage and support a young-in-career furniture artist with the financial assistance to help them succeed. Through the fellowship, SA+C awards $25,000 annually to an artist who demonstrates skill and commitment to their craft.
Budget  --
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Artists' Services
Population Served Adults
Program Short-Term Success  Every other year we accept applications from emerging furniture makers. We share them with the Mineck Foundation, which selects one artist for a $25,000 1-year fellowship. To date, we have provided fellowships to 10 furniture makers. This fellowship enables the makers to work on projects they might not otherwise have the means to produce, helping to cover the cost of materials, workspace, and living costs. A successful fellowship will help advance the artist’s career and provide retail income for SA+C. The Foundation holds a Gala event at their golf course each year, where the fellow has an opportunity to speak publicly about their work and SA+C retail items are bought by the Foundation for their silent auction.
Program Long-Term Success  Over the next few years, we will help advance the work of wood furniture makers with funding, enhanced marketing, and connect current fellows with past fellows. SA+C will become known as one of the top supporters of furniture makers in New England.
Program Success Monitored By 

Our Exhibition Associate uses several metrics to monitor program success. Feedback from fellows, number of applications, the number of sales generated from our retail gallery, and monitoring of past fellows’ success.

Examples of Program Success 

Recent awardees include:


Tom Shields, Asheville NC (2018): Tom used the fellowship funds to construct a cost-effective and efficient studio space to continue his sculptural work in furniture.

Jack March, Allston Massachusetts (2017): Jack used the funds to progress his career in three ways: purchase necessary equipment, undertake a digital fabrication course, and to explore 3D printing.

Annie Evelyn, Penland NC (2016): Annie used the funds to advance her work using furniture’s inherent interactive qualities and relationships to the human body.

Sarah Marriage, Baltimore MD (2015): Sarah used her funding to support the creation of A Workshop of Our Own, which is a space where women furniture makers can come together in a supportive environment.


I applied for the Mineck Fellowship during a transitional moment in my career when I was moving out of my Boston studio. My proposal was to fund a year of self-directed study in digital modeling and fabrication technology, with the specific aim of developing a technique of applying complex patterned veneer surfaces to compound-curving substrates.


The Mineck Fellowship helped fund 4 periods of study: a Studio Fellowship at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in which I began to learn to operate a CNC router and use 3D modeling software, a Residency at the Penland School of Craft in which I was able to deepen my general knowledge of this technology; a pilot residency in the Digital Modeling and Fabrication Department at the IYRS School of Technology and Trades in which I developed the veneering technique, and the ITE Residency at the Center for Art in Wood in which I was able to use the technique in creating original works of Art. Additionally, the Mineck Fellowship gave me the opportunity to buy 3D modeling software and a CNC router, as well as some other general woodworking equipment, all of which has greatly increased my ability to be productive and make a living as a full time studio-artist.


In the end, the technique I developed works better than I could have imagined. It is very complex, but also robust. I have had the chance to present this work in several public lectures and will likely be teaching a workshop based on the technique in 2020.

- Jack Mauch, 2016 John D. Mineck Fellow

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Ms. Brigitte Martin
CEO Term Start Mar 2019
CEO Email
CEO Experience
Brigitte Martin is a long-time leader in the craft industry. Martin was most recently Executive Director of the Furniture Society, an Illinois-based, non-profit educational organization working to advance the art of furniture making. She also has served as Board President for the Society of North American Goldsmiths. Martin is well-known to international crafting communities for founding and managing the Crafthaus website, an online community that supports and provides services to craft artists in all disciplines, as well as for organizing national Craft Think Tank events, and serving as Editor-at-Large for American Craft magazine.
Martin was born and educated in Germany where she received a Fulbright Scholarship. She worked in Cologne as an administrator at Sotheby's and at Gallery Michael Werner. After apprenticing with Master Goldsmith Ulrike Brunsmann in Bonn, Martin moved to the U.S. and opened a retail gallery for fine craft. Her book, Humor in Craft (Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 2012), was the Gold Medal Winner of the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Award, and a finalist for the 2012 USA Best Book Awards.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Fabio Fernandez -- --
Beth Ann Gerstein -- --

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
MASSCreative 2019
Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association Mass Creative

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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SA+C has collaborations with Fuller Craft Museum, City of Boston, Metalwerx, North Street Bennett School, and Maine Craft Artists. We provide mutual promotion and host exhibitions.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 8
Number of Part Time Staff 4
Number of Volunteers 7
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 10
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 7
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Accident and Injury Coverage
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Life Insurance
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Disability Insurance
Directors and Officers Policy
Fine Arts and Collectibles

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually


Board Chair Ms. Lois Russell
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lois Russell Baskets
Board Chair Term Feb 2017 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Efharis Alepedis Dunkin Donuts Franchise Voting
Mary "Polly" Allen Retired Voting
Lorraine Bressler Retired Voting
Erica DeMarco W.O.W. Creative Clothing and Jewelry Voting
Jeannine Falino Rhode Island School of Design Voting
Beverly Gomes Retired Voting
Judith Obermayer Retired Voting
Jennifer Rayburn Billings Jenne Rayburn Handcrafted Jewelry and Art Voting
Gary Roberts Massachusetts Institute of Technology Voting
Lois Russell Lois Russell Baskets Voting
Paulette Werger Paulette J Werger Jewelry Voting
Emily Zilber Isaacson, Miller Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 12
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 11
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Audit
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Human Resources / Personnel

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2018 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Fiscal Year Feb 01, 2019 to Jan 31, 2020
Projected Income $1,142,470.00
Projected Expense $1,478,468.00
Form 990s

2018 Form 990

2017 Form 990

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

2010 Form 990

2009 Form 990

2008 Form 990

Audit Documents

2018 Audit

2017 Audit

2016 Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Total Revenue $1,048,575 $1,387,192 $1,418,021
Total Expenses $1,206,755 $927,791 $878,221

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $12,100 $11,421
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- $12,100 $11,421
Individual Contributions $377,154 $835,654 $724,376
Indirect Public Support -- $0 $0
Earned Revenue $580,854 $465,518 $622,876
Investment Income, Net of Losses $76,205 $64,203 $48,328
Membership Dues $14,362 $9,717 $11,020
Special Events -- $0 $0
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- $0 $0

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Program Expense $945,089 $726,112 $683,502
Administration Expense $254,975 $194,027 $190,534
Fundraising Expense $6,691 $7,652 $4,185
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.87 1.50 1.61
Program Expense/Total Expenses 78% 78% 78%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 2% 1% 1%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Total Assets $3,774,261 $4,081,520 $2,134,564
Current Assets $210,019 $485,460 $422,245
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $1,360,952 $1,596,759 $253,298
Total Net Assets $2,413,309 $2,484,761 $1,881,266

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value $757,502.00
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 4.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 0.15 0.30 1.67

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.

1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

While we are proud of our current programming and its impact, we know unequivocally that we have the ability, drive and obligation to do more to meet the needs expressed by the community. Increasing the visibility and support of craft artists and expanding educational opportunities are paramount to the sustainability of our field.

SAC’s vision is to expand our reach and become the center of a thriving community of artists and allied professionals, and be a relevant contemporary craft organization on par with other major cultural institutions in the Boston area, a destination for artists, craft collectors and general enthusiasts. To assist in achieving this vision, SAC identified five strategic themes to use as a road map.

Strategic Theme I - Programs

Establish SAC as the most important multi-program organization for contemporary craft in New England by revamping existing programs and initiating new ones that will reach a larger community and enhance the impact of our mission.

Strategic Theme II - Facility

Relocate SAC to a larger facility that will allow us to expand our programs and provide enhanced services for artists and the community. The new facility will position SAC as the premier craft destination in New England.

Strategic Theme III - Development

Expand and implement donor opportunities to generate sufficient funding to materially advance SAC’s planned growth.

Strategic Theme IV - Branding/Marketing

Develop a clear, comprehensive and compelling identity to expand the audience for SAC’s programs and increase the audience for contemporary craft.

Strategic Theme V - Governance

Develop and maintain an effective, informed and committed Board of Directors whose governance and support roles will guide the growth of SAC.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

Strategic Theme I - Programs

• Increase attendance at CraftBoston by 10% and assess the CraftBoston business model annually aimed at increasing profitability within the next 18 months.
• Increase the number of artists benefiting from SAC’s professional development, grants, fellowships, sales and exhibition opportunities.
• Develop and curate exhibitions that provide maximum opportunities for education and outreach.
• Significantly expand education offerings directed at serving all facets of the craft community.
• Achieve profitability in the Retail Gallery within the next three years.
• Utilize website and e-commerce platforms more effectively to support all SAC’s programmatic objectives.

Strategic Theme II - Facility

• Develop a detail plan outlining how the new facility will best support our members, artists, the public, and is financially sustainable within the next six months.
• Purchase or identify a lease, for an appropriate facility within the next 18 months.
• Move into a +/-10K sq. ft. facility that meets our requirements for visibility, accessibility, affordability and program goals within the next three years.

Strategic Theme III - Development

• Task the development committee to expand membership, annual appeal, planned giving and friends programs to align fundraising initiatives with program goals.
• Identify one or more supporters who will pledge at least 20% of the project budget for a new facility within the next 18 months.
• Recruit board candidates with capacity to support ongoing growth within the next two years.
• Expand the artist award fund in order to increase the grant size for 2016.
• Develop programs or activities, to create new sources of earned income within the next two years.

Strategic Theme IV - Branding/Marketing

• Form a Branding Task Force to rebrand the organization within the next year.
• Develop a comprehensive rebranding strategy and launch rebranding program within the next 18 months.
• Integrate comprehensive marketing plan with rebranding to maximize growth within the next two years.

Strategic Theme V - Governance

• Create of culture of continuous improvement by developing processes of self-assessment that inform all aspects of our organization.
• Implement new ways to improve board effectiveness and the quality of the board meetings and committees within the next 12 months.
• Develop a schedule to review and update as necessary all organizational policies within the next six months.
• Develop a young Trustee, young Resource Council and Artist Trustee specific annual giving policy within the next 12 months.
• Improve diversity on board (age, artist, gender, ethnicity, giving capacity), within the next two years.

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

After a century of a proven commitment to craft, SAC has earned a reputation as a vibrant and edgy organization that is well regarded by its cultural peers, trusted to work honestly and diligently on behalf of artists, and is a resource for expert knowledge in the field of contemporary craft.

The key to SAC’s success is, in part, its holistic approach to its mission. Our non-profit business model incorporates elements typically associated with museums, commercial galleries, large-scale craft shows and educational organizations. We believe that in order for the craft community to thrive, students, artists, collectors and the public must be connected to each other. SAC fosters these connections by acting as a cultural liaison through our staff, board, artists, donors and supporters. SAC prides itself on providing the opportunity for relationships between artists and the general public in a knowledgeable, patient and approachable manner.

Our team is a vibrant group of creative individuals who consider craft to be a fundamental part of their core value system. All programming at SAC welcomes dialogue to best promote an understanding of and engagement with craft.

4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

In an effort to ensure that our objectives are effectively meeting our goals, SAC currently evaluates its programs by collecting feedback through formal and informal methods, including the use of surveys, questionnaires and feedback from participants, board and staff members. We measure the outcome against our stated goals by documenting, the number and types of lectures, workshops, exhibits, participants, community events and demonstrations. SAC continually seeks to improve and assess the quality of our programs and will continue to integrate the evaluation process into every program.

5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

SAC's ultimate intended impact is to increase the audience for craft.

With this result in mind, we have made great progress. Currently, our Retail Gallery represents and sells the work of approximately 250+ artists from across the country.

The Exhibition Gallery Program includes 4-5 curated exhibitions annually, with a range of artwork from functional to sculptural and from traditional to contemporary. Exhibitions are designed to include a balance of one-person, themed group, and/or award recipient shows and represent a range of career levels from emerging to established. Currently, we are traveling Wendy Maruyama: Executive Order 9066 exhibition to more than five venues across the country.

Craftboston Spring and Craftboston Holiday are our annual juried indoor craft shows with a total of 300 exhibiting artists, a lecture series and the Artist Mentor Program. The Craftboston shows provide artists with a professional venue and access to exhibit and sell their work to more than 10,000 craft enthusiasts.

The biennial SAC Artist Awards support the work of New England craft artists. Three artists each receive a $3,000 cash award and participate in a group exhibition at SAC’s gallery. To date, $94,000 has been distributed.

The John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship ($25,000 annually) encourages and supports a young-in-career furniture artist. To date, $125,000 has been distributed.

The Education Program includes artist lectures and presentations, day and weekend craft tours, staff led tours of our exhibitions for teens through adults, and guests who are blind and visually impaired and/or deaf and hard of hearing. SAC also has a strong Internship Program with recent interns hailing from 10 colleges and post-graduate programs from around the country.

The SAC Mentor Program, launched in 2005, offers assistance and training for emerging artists in marketing, legal and insurance issues, portfolio development, pricing, selling, and booth design. Central to the program is a multi-year association with CraftBoston. Recognized for its innovative approach, the Mentor Program combines SAC’s resources with those of CraftBoston. Artists selected to participate in this program will be provided information and training from professionals in the field, and subsidized booths at CraftBoston Holiday.

The primary obstacle to growth for SAC is space. SAC has leased a 2,000 sq ft brownstone on three levels for the past 40 years. Neither the Exhibition Gallery, nor the Retail Gallery are accessible. SAC has adapted to its space limitations by conducting many of its programs at off-site locations and by scaling down the scope of its programming.

Ideally, SAC will be in a position to move to a more appropriate facility in the near future. Thus ensuring that programmatic decisions can be made less on limitations and more on possibilities.