Center for Craft 25th anniversary logo in red
Center for Craft 25th anniversary logo in red

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Now more than ever, craft needs you. Join us—become a builder of the future of craft.

Ways to Give


Naming Opportunities

You can show your support for craft and the creative community by naming principal spaces in the Center’s newly renovated historic building in downtown Asheville.

Name a Tile

Show your support for craft for generations to come by naming a tile on our building. The named tile wall complements Liminal, a work of art by Ian Henderson, installed on the front of our new National Craft Innovation Hub.

Annual Fund

Annual Fund contributions of any size provide vital support where it’s needed most. From giving emerging craft leaders critical resources to offering innovative programming and exhibitions, your gift will strengthen the field of craft today.

The Basket

The Center for Craft is working in collaboration with members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to create a public art parklet to preserve and advance the important craft legacy of western North Carolina.

Corporate Sponsorship and Giving

Align your brand with the Center for Craft through exhibition, program, reception, and event sponsorship! With a growing regional and national audience, we provide a range of opportunities and benefits to best suit your company.

Legacy Giving

Craft your legacy and increase your giving potential both now and in the future through planned giving. Please consult your personal legal, tax, and/or financial advisor to see if this might be the right option for you.

Your support lifts emerging makers and scholars, and advances the national field of craft.

What people are saying about the CEnter

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“In 2012, I was the recipient of a Windgate-Lamar Fellowship…which allowed me to build my studio. I don’t think I’d be able to do the work I do today without the generous support of the Center for Craft and the Windgate-Lamar Fellowship.”

Brian Fleetwood, 2012 Windgate-Lamar Fellow

“The support of makers through the Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship is forward-thinking at a crucial time when the ideology of craft has the ability to promote sustainability and the building of community.”

BA Harrington, 2020 Craft Research Fund Artist Fellow

“The Center has established itself as a leading organization both in North Carolina and on the national stage”

Sara Clugage, Surface Design Journal

"This is the perfect opportunity for me to continue having a ceramics practice after undergrad and will let me travel to the country of my roots (Dominican Republic) to learn more about my family, history, culture, and self."

Sydnie Jimenez, 2020 Windgate-Lamar Fellow

Naming Opportunities

Building a Future for Craft Campaign

The Center’s first comprehensive campaign, currently at 96% of an $11 million goal, provides for a 21st-century visitor experience, free public programming, and a prestigious national grants program endowed in perpetuity. You can make a one-time, recurring, or multi-year gift by visiting our donate page. (can we link here?) See below for ways your gift can go even further.

Give to the Campaign

Michael Sherrill Challenge Gift

Michael Sherrill sitting at pottery wheel and smiling.

A $100,000 challenge gift in honor of preeminent craft artist and past board member Michael Sherrill, who is commemorated in the Center for Craft’s new space with the Michael Sherrill Loft.

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John Cram Challenge Gift

John Cram in a gallery with his hands lifted up to showcase it.

A $25,000 challenge gift from McKibbon Hospitality Chairman, John McKibbon honoring Asheville arts advocate John Cram with the John Cram Partner Gallery in the Center’s renovated space.

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More Naming Opportunities Available

Cowork at the Center for Craft with large light, seating area with people, and desks behind them.

The campaign presents a special opportunity for major donors and organizations to make commitments that will name principal spaces.


With your help, the Center remains committed to a vision of a thriving national craft field built upon a deep understanding of the history of craft, lively critical discourse, thoughtful making, and a strong next generation.


If you have any questions, please contact Erin Cameron, Development Director at

It’s the generosity of our supporters that allow the Center for Craft to advance the understanding of craft by encouraging and supporting research, critical dialogue, and professional development in the United States.

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