Frequently Asked Questions

What is the SU 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 SU Craft Center?

The Student Union Craft Center is...

  • A space for students, faculty, staff and administration to freely learn techniques and skills in twelve 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 SU Craft Center is a student run agency with a university hired director and graduate assistant 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 is located on the lower floor of the Student Union Building.  This is our address:

41 Campus Center Way
Student Union Building Room 239
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.  The Craft Center can accommodate private events for on-campus groups.  Inquire by emailing craftctr@umass.edu.

Our (tentative) Fall 2021 floor hours are as follows:

Monday 11-5
Tuesday 11-5
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 tools and materials for the following areas: batik, beading, book making, button making, felting, leather, paper marbling, black and white film photography, sewing, silk painting, screen printing, metal-smithing, and stained glass. These areas are available for use during our open hours and evening workshops. Tools for any area are checked out by members for usage ONLY in our space.  Materials are paid for by members; we take cash and UCard debit.  You are welcome to bring in your own materials and tools to use in our space, as long as tools are approved for usage in our space and do not violate any of our safety policies and you keep track of your materials.  Sorry, no wood burning, open flames, butane torches, etc. allowed.
To learn more specifically about each area, click here. Additionally, we provide acrylic paints, crayons, colored pencils, markers, ribbon, rubber stamps, a variety of paper, watercolors, ...and helpful staff!
If you have ideas for materials or craft instruction we should offer, please do not hesitate to let us know!  Contact: craftctr@umass.edu or leave a note with our 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 the basics of 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 depending on the Area Coordinator’s schedule. Workshops are taught and run by the student staff. 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 a workshop, you must pay and sign up at the Craft Center at least 24 hours before the workshop.


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.


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.

Depending on employment needs, applications are usually available at the beginning of the semester. You may pick up an application at the SU Craft Center or fill out the application form from our website.  Follow the directions on the application regarding dropping off your application or sending digitally.

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

Click here for more information and an example of a previous year's application. 


How do I request events at the Craft Center? 

The Craft Center offers special student group, academic, and department workshops scheduled throughout the semester. To request an event, email craftctr@umass.edu, or come in during our open hours to discuss with the director. Depending on the event, there may be an instruction fee and charge for materials.