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Handwork 2026 will focus on the following programs:

EXHIBITIONS

Handwork: Celebrating American Craft 2026 culminates with a CORE EXHIBITION opening in late 2026 at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Museums and art centers joining as participants in the Handwork 2026 initiative will complete the rich diversity of interpretations on the work of the hand with EXHIBITIONS and related programs throughout the year. We invite all museums and regional arts centers to join this effort with the craft-centric, culture-based exhibitions you are planning for the year 2026.

DOCUMENTARY FILM SERIES & DIGITAL CONTENT

A four-part DOCUMENTARY FILM SERIES will be produced by the team behind the Peabody Award-winning, PBS national series Craft in America. The series will present a rich, democratic exploration of the handmade in traditional, studio, ethnic, and contemporary practices. Handwork 2026 plans to partner with PBS and their 350+ independent member stations to broadcast and stream both current and archival craft programs, including new digital programs for YouTube and social media audiences.

BOOK

Presenting the extraordinary range of the handmade in the United States, the Handwork 2026 BOOK will feature craft history, artists, materials and processes, focusing on undertold stories. The book will be object-based. It will include essays by leading experts, images of exquisite handmade objects and a craft timeline. It will illuminate the contributions of craftspeople throughout our history. It will be one of the first and only books to bridge history by exploring the craft continuum over the span of American culture.

EDUCATION

The EDUCATION component of Handwork 2026 will include interdisciplinary learning initiatives at all levels of the education system, with a special focus on grades K–12. It will take a wide look at the history, cultural traditions, and impact of craft in the United States, from Indigenous origins until today. Marilyn Stewart PhD, a nationally recognized art educator and author of art textbooks, will oversee the creation of the education guides. The guides will include hands-on craft activities and will be available on craftinamerica.org and handwork2026.org.

ENGAGEMENT

In partnership with local, state and national organizations, Handwork 2026 will be amplified by a robust SOCIAL MEDIA campaign, and all activities joining the national celebration will be documented on a comprehensive, aggregate WEBSITE: handwork2026.org. A special partnership with Americans for the Arts is in development.