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Expansion begins at Craft in America Center

On Feb. 1, the Craft in America Center will celebrate a decade of serving Southern California as a craft-based non-profit museum and education center by breaking ground to expand its space.

The Center was established in 2009 as an outgrowth of the award-winning Craft in America PBS documentary series, which first aired in 2007.

“A redesigned venue will allow a larger public audience to experience artworks, artist talks, and artmaking in person, as well as provide more gallery space to display our growing permanent collection,” according to a statement from the gallery.

“The Craft in America Center is a library, workshop, storage and staff work space. The acquisition of additional space donated generously by Freehand Gallery, will enable the Craft in America Center to better fulfill its mission to promote, exhibit and teach the artistry of crafts. It also allows for an improvement and upgrade on equipment, technology, and accessibility.

“Freehand Gallery will also be renovated. As it has for the past thirty-eight years, the new Freehand Gallery will provide an excellent venue for the presentation of the finest craft.”

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