Mountain Craft Days
Mountain Craft Days is the Somerset Historical Center’s major educational event, held annually on the first weekend after Labor Day. This three-day outdoor festival features 125 crafts persons, artisans, and entertainers interpreting the rural folkways of western Pennsylvania. The event draws over 13,000 visitors to the site each September, from all across the northeast and around the world.
If you are a skilled craftsperson interested in sharing your art with others at this event, please contact us: (814) 445-6077.
Emergency Funds Available to artists
The Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+) is a 501(c)(3) public charity and serves artists who work in craft disciplines by providing a safety net to support strong and sustainable careers. CERF+’s core services are education programs, advocacy, network building and emergency relief. Click to learn more about CERF+.
The organization has launched a COVID-19 Relief Grant Program to provide financial assistance to professional artists working in craft disciplines who are facing dire circumstances from the COVID-19 crisis. One-time $1,000 grants are provided to meet urgent food, housing, or health insecurities.
The grants will be awarded in two cycles:
• The application opened July 8th and the deadline for the first round will be July 29th.
• The second round will open August 19th and the deadline will be September 9th.
2020 Mountain Craft Days
The uncertainty of 2020 has forced the cancellation of Mountain Craft Days this year. While it was a difficult decision, we are already looking forward to being able to welcome everyone at the 51st Mountain Craft Days on September 10-12, 2021.