Craft Ontario was founded in 1976 through the merger of the Canadian Guild of Crafts (Ontario, 1931) and the Ontario Craft Foundation (1966), and is registered with Revenue Canada as a charitable organization under the corporate name Ontario Crafts Council (charitable tax number: 11887 8511 RR 0001).
Programs and activities are supported through earned revenues from membership, proceeds from the Craft Ontario Shop (formerly The Guild Shop), advertising, the Volunteer Committee, as well as government, individual, corporate, and foundation financial support.
Craft Ontario aims to achieve its vision and mission by offering the public opportunities to engage with craft through exhibitions, retail programming, publications such as Studio Magazine, and by partnering with other art-based organizations, institutions, and trade shows.
As a member-based organization, Craft Ontario offers many benefits and service to its members. Craftspeople are eligible to apply to the Craft Awards program, to our retail shop, as well as to juried exhibitions. Members also receive discounted rates on Craft Ontario workshops, seminars, and conferences as well as complimentary admission to various galleries throughout Ontario. In addition to these discounts, members pay a reduced rate to advertise in our publications and on purchases at our Craft Ontario Shop. Members also receive regular communications and invitations, including a monthly copy of our e-newsletter Craftfl@sh and two issues of Studio Magazine per year.
Overall, Craft Ontario works to provide opportunities for craftspeople that range from addressing business needs to providing promotional space in the arts and culture community. These services are crucial to craftspeople across the province, and Craft Ontario is committed to maintaining and developing this unique role.
Contact: Emma Quin