Parent Organization: CSD Departments & Offices
The Student Union Craft Center's main purpose is to enrich UMass Amherst and Five-College life by providing craft instruction and facilities in an inspiring and encouraging environment. The organization is a multi-disciplinary program fusing art, teaching and business; a valuable co-curricular learning resource available to the campus outside the academic arena. The Craft Center cultivates confidence, independence and ingenuity in a friendly and relaxing atmosphere where students, faculty, staff and administration can make items that bring them personal satisfaction.
Established 1971, the Craft Center provides an accurate, intelligent and practical solution to the artistic void on campus. The Craft Center offers experience in the arts to students of all backgrounds and provides an opportunity for stress relief. The Craft Center operates as a service-learning facility, which sells materials, necessitated by the crafts we offer for the convenience and affordability of our patrons. The Craft Center provides free-form artistic education without the restriction of a major or adding to the already demanding schedule of many hard-working students.
The staff is here to enrich patron’s artistic ability, both in specific skills and confidence. The Craft Center provides student staff members training in all aspects required in managing a multi-faceted organization: customer service, safety and university policy, sales, finances, management, inventory, marketing, teaching, computer technology and programming. Staff equality is fundamental to our success.
We take great pride in the collaborative aspect of our organization. As a part of a college campus, the Student Union Craft Center opens its doors to the UMass and Five-College communities through outreach programs. We strive for the enrichment of UMass Amherst now and in the future.