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Crafts at the Cathedral 2017

Location:
Cathedral of St. John the Divine
New York City, New York (Northeast)

Phone: 347-324-9526
Event Dates: 11/30/17 - 12/2/17
Application Deadline: 3/30/17 Midnight EST

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REQUIREMENTS:


Images: 6 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Processing Fee): $25.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.

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Event Summary

Crafts at the Cathedral, a fine juried crafts show that benefits the work of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine and its congregation is moving this year into the Cathedral itself after twenty successful years in Synod Hall. We will be filling the center of the nave of the world’s largest gothic cathedral with artists and who will be showing and selling their own exquisitely made work! The nave of the cathedral is of enormous scale and beauty. The floors of green Vermont slate, the soaring columns, the gothic arches, spectacular stained glass windows--St John the Divine is overwhelming in its beauty. What better location to show off your work?
 
The Cathedral is a prime tourist destination. Situated on the bustling Upper West Side just south of Columbia University, Teacher’s College, Jewish and Union Theological Seminaries and the Manhattan School of Music, visits are highest during the holiday season. By moving this successful and beloved show into the Cathedral and not charging an admission fee, we will take advantage of this high foot traffic, more than doubling attendance at the show. Moving to the Cathedral also allows us to expand the show from the 56 spaces in Synod Hall to at least 84 spaces.
 

General Information
21st Annual Crafts at the Cathedral

Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, New York City
Thursday, November 30 - Saturday, December 2, 2017

PROSPECTUS

We are thrilled to announce that Crafts at the Cathedral, a fine juried crafts show that benefits the work of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine and its congregation is moving this year into the Cathedral itself. We will be filling the center of the nave of the world’s largest gothic cathedral with artists who will be showing and selling their own exquisitely made work!
 

In medieval Europe, the Cathedral served as the center of not just religious life in a town, but often the   civic and commercial life, too. Guilds met, degrees were bestowed, craftsmen sought employment, and commerce was conducted in the naves of many great Cathedrals. Wine merchants in 12th century Chartres and numerous other cities cleverly escaped local taxes by selling their wares from within the walls of the city's Cathedral. Some Cathedrals even had different sections of their naves set aside for different types of merchants — textiles in one corner, food in another, etc. The Cathedral Church at St. John the Divine is honoring that tradition!

The nave of our cathedral is of enormous scale and beauty. The floors of green Vermont slate, the soaring columns, the gothic arches, spectacular stained glass windows--St John the Divine is overwhelming in its beauty. What better location to show off your work?
 
The Cathedral is a prime New York City tourist destination. Situated on the bustling Upper West Side just south of Columbia University, Teacher’s College, Jewish and Union Theological Seminaries and the Manhattan School of Music, visits are highest during the holiday season. By moving this successful and beloved show into the Cathedral itself and not charging an admission fee, we will take advantage of this high foot traffic, more than doubling attendance at the show. Moving to the Cathedral also allows us to expand the show from the 56 spaces in Synod Hall to at least 84 spaces.  
 
Expected attendance:  5,000 - 6,000. As one of the few remaining juried craft shows in New York City during the holiday season, Crafts at the Cathedral has a large and growing following from throughout New York City as well as Brooklyn, Queens, Westchester and New Jersey.  We are expecting to more than double  foot traffic from tourists and visitors to the Cathedral.
 
Advertising: An aggressive campaign will be mounted including distribution of thousands of postcards, press releases to television and news media, electronic advertising and social media. For the 20th annual show on-line resources were particularly strong including recommendations from Time Out New York , The Gothamist and DNA New York as the best event of the weekend. We encourage exhibitors to work their mailing lists and use Twitter and Facebook as much as possible. Our market research has revealed that people come to Crafts at the Cathedral in response to such invitations and less in response to general advertising.  
 
Amenities: Free coffee, tea and other beverages are available to exhibitors throughout the show. Coffee cake and donuts are provided during set-up. A café will be operating during show hours. The coordinators will have a team of volunteers ready to booth-sit for those who are exhibiting alone and need a short break. We will send you as many postcards as you want and also a link to a copy of the card online for use with your Emailing list. ATM machines are available one block west of the Cathedral. Security will be on-site throughout the fair. One of the seven chapels will be used for storage during the show and locked up overnight. Parking on the cathedral grounds is not available.  Street parking is possible provided exhibitors observe rules for alternate side of the street parking. Information on local garages is available on our website.
 
Entrance Fees:  This year we are experimenting with waiving all entrance fees to encourage thousands of visitors to the cathedral to walk through the area which will house the show.  The Cathedral does not have a gift shop and so the Crafts Fair will provide an opportunity for tourists to shop for American hand-made items.
 
Loading & Unloading: Set-up and break-down.  We are setting aside a full day for set up (Wednesday, November 29). As of this writing there is a ramp on the north side of the cathedral near a new loading dock. Six cars may unload at any one time. Therefore we will work out a schedule with exhibitors. A second doorway on the south side of the building is also available but it requires negotiating some steps.  Assistance will be available for exhibitors loading and unloading.   
 
Selection schedule: Application deadline is March 30. Contracts will be sent shortly after jury meets in mid-April. Payment will be due one month after notification of acceptance. Those applying through ZAPP will pay ZAPP directly by credit card or indicate check number on ZAPP and mail check to Congregation.

Waitlisting will be done by medium category in order of jury score.
 
Refunds and Cancellation fees:  Booth fees are refundable if cancellation is made before September 1. Thereafter a $150 fee will be deducted from the refund. If cancellation is made later than October 15, refund minus the $150 fee will be contingent on organizers finding a suitable replacement.

Show Schedule

 Because the Cathedral is an active church, Sundays are devoted to worship. We have therefore added a full day on Thursday so that artists will have three full days selling time.
 
All times subject to revision at the discretion of the sponsors—ample notification of any change will be given
 
                                           Wednesday, November 29:  Exhibitor load in and set up 9 – 6 pm.
                                           Thursday, November 30:      Show hours, 10 – 6
                                           Friday, December 1:            Show hours, 10 -   8
                                           Saturday, December 2          Show hours 10 – 6
                                           Break down and load out     6:00 p.m. to midnight               
 



Rules/Regulations
Qualifying Exhibitors

The show is open to North American artists/artisans in all media who design and produce their own work. Imports, commercially mass-produced items, T-shirts, items produced from kits and assembled beads will not be accepted.

Exhibits must consist only of work handcrafted by the artist.

Wearable art must be sewn by exhibitor.

The organizers attempt to avoid duplication or similarity of style or theme and limit the number of exhibitors in each category.

Items judged by the organizers to be inconsistent with the kind or quality of work represented in the application must be removed on request of the organizers.

If you have not applied nor been accepted as a jeweler you may not show jewelry without written permission from the organizers.

Booth sharing is permitted, however each exhibitor must be juried separately and the booth display must be an integrated whole.

Exhibiting artists must be present throughout the event.

Tax collection:  Exhibitors are expected to collect New York City and State Taxes which as of this writing total 8.875%. Information on licenses to collect taxes is available at http://www.ny.gov  (Clothing and footwear under $110 are exempt from New York City and NY State Sales Tax.)  

 

Booth Information
Booth Spaces
 
There are 84 booths on a single floor. Booth sizes are all 10 x 10 and are free standing.  Booth fee is $500 for the full three days. The corner booths (see layout) are $600. Tables may be rented for $30. Chairs are available at no cost.

Booth set-ups are the responsibility of the exhibitor. Display styles are at the exhibitors’ discretion. All space must have full backing on three sides except for corner booths, which must have backing on two sides. All backing materials must conform to New York City fire code. Any fabric used as backing must have a “class A interior finish rating” where class A refers to having a flame-spread rating of 0-25.
 
Booth sharing is permitted under some circumstances. However, each exhibitor must be juried separately and the booth display must be integrated and pleasing.
 
Electricity:  An electrician provides one outlet for each booth. Exhibitors should bring their own power strips and lighting. A generous 600 watts is included in the booth fee. Exhibitors are encouraged to use professional lighting to enhance their displays and to create a more dynamic look to the show. LED lights are also encouraged as they require less current and are eco-friendly.
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