Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Craft Center? 
Where is the Craft Center located?
When can I come in?
Who can become a member? 
How do I become a member? 
What areas and materials does the Craft Center have?
What if I have never crafted before? 
What are workshops? 
How do I register for a workshop?
What if I cannot attend a workshop that I paid and registered for?
How do I seek employment at the Craft Center? 
How do I request events at the Craft Center? 


What is the Craft Center?

The Craft Center is...

  • A space for students, faculty, staff and administration to freely learn techniques and skills in fourteen different craft areas through the demonstration of staff members.

  • A student agency of the Student Government Association (SGA) and the Graduate Student Senate (GSS) positioned within the division of Student Affairs and Campus Life.

  • A positive participant in the UMass Amherst community and within the culture of the Student Union.

  • A non-profit hybrid arts organization that fuses art, teaching, and business.

  • A craft supply store providing materials at reasonable prices for student budgets.

  • A place to cultivate creativity, knowledge, and friendships.

  • An opportunity to gain challenging employment and valuable career experience where staff members develop skills and expertise required in professional jobs.

The Craft Center is a student run agency with a university hired director. To learn more about what areas the Craft Center has, check out our Craft Areas.


Where is the Craft Center located?

The Student Union Craft Center has relocated to Bartlett 053 while renovations are underway at the Student Union Building.  We will be in the following address from January 2018 to Fall 2020:

130 Hicks Way
Bartlett Hall, Room 053
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003


When can I come in to craft?

The Craft Center is open to UMass Amherst members during our regular floor hours, open mics, and open house events. Additionally, each Area Coordinator hosts a weekly evening workshop for a nominal fee. These workshops can be viewed on our Calendar as well as our Facebook Page. The Craft Center can also accommodate any private events for any on-campus groups.

Our Floor Hours are as follows:

Monday 11-5

Tuesday 11-2

Wednesday 11-8

Thursday 11-8

Friday 11-8

Saturday/Sunday Closed


Who can become a member? 

Craft Center membership is limited to current University of Massachusetts Amherst and Continuing Education undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, staff, and administration with a valid University of Massachusetts Amherst I.D who have signed the policy acknowledgement sheet.

We also offer membership to Five College students, faculty, staff and administration with a valid school I.D that have signed the policy acknowledgement sheet. Price for Five College members is $15/semester or $25/year.


How do I become a member? 

In order to access our tools, machinery and space, members must have a Craft Center membership card. All members are required to have a current Five College school I.D., read, and sign the Craft Center’s membership and safety policies.

Come into the Craft Center during our open hours to sign the policy acknowledgement sheet and receive a membership card.


What areas and materials does the Craft Center have?

The Craft Center offers batik, beading, book making, button making, felting, henna, leather, mask making, paper marbling, black and white film photography, sewing, silk painting, silkscreening, metalsmithing, and stained glass. These areas are available for use during our open hours and evening workshops. To learn more specifically about each area, click here. We additionally provide acrylic paints, crayons, colored pencils, markers, ribbon, rubber stamps, a variety of paper, watercolors, and helpful staff.


What if I have never crafted before? 

No problem, we love beginners! The Craft Center focuses on training staff to be fully knowledgeable in each area. The Craft Center staff is always accommodating to members, no matter the craft. Staff is trained to explain step-by-step instruction to fully complete a project.


What are workshops? 

Workshops are offered in the evenings Monday through Sunday, depending on the Area Coordinator’s schedule. Workshops are taught and run by an Area Coordinator. A workshop is geared towards a specific craft in a Craft Area. These are great chances to craft with one-on-one help or with a group of friends! Workshops are offered for a nominal instruction fee, plus the cost of materials. To find out when these workshops are offered, check out the Craft Center Calendar, our Facebook Page, or come into the Craft Center to view the workshop board. In order to attend an evening workshop, you must pay and sign up at the Craft Center before the workshop.

Our Floor Hours are as follows:

Monday 11-5

Tuesday 11-2

Wednesday 11-8

Thursday 11-8

Friday 11-8

Saturday/Sunday Closed


How do I register for a workshop?

To register for a workshop, check out our Calendar, Facebook Page, or come into the Craft Center to view the workshop board. Workshops are described and listed in the Workshop Binder located on the main counter. Payment for the workshop is required at the time of signing up. Sign up and payment must be made at least 24 hours prior to workshop​.  Upon signing up, you will receive a workshop receipt with the date, time and instructor. This should be brought at the time of the workshop. Some workshops may take two weeks to be completed, this will be identified on the workshop sheet in the Workshop Binder. We do not offer refunds for workshop fees.


What if I cannot attend a workshop that I paid and registered for?

If you are unable to attend a workshop, give the Craft Center 24-hour notice (before closing time on the day before the workshop). In this case we will gladly transfer your paid workshop fee to a future date. Without giving 24-hour notice, a transfer cannot occur. You can contact the Craft Center through email or phone. Our email address craftctr@umass.edu and our phone number is (413) 545-2096.


How do I seek employment at the Craft Center? 

The Craft Center is a team-based environment that seeks creative, enthusiastic, driven, focused, responsible, and dependable individuals who will assist in fostering our mission to cultivate a freeform entrepreneurial artistic education without academic restriction for the UMass Amherst community. You are required to have transferable skills or experience in at least one craft area.

Applications are available at the beginning of the semester. They are posted on our Information Board located outside the entrance of the Craft Center. You may also print out an application and drop it off at the Craft Center during our open hours.

A portfolio will be required if you are offered an interview.

Click here for more information and our application. 


How do I request events at the Craft Center? 

The Craft Center offers special student, academic, and department group workshops scheduled throughout the semester. To request an event, contact the Craft Center at (413) 545-2096, craftctr@umass.edu, or come in during our open hours to discuss with staff. There is an instruction fee and charge for materials, depending on the event.