Event Information

Crafts at the Cathedral 2019

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

Phone: 347-324-9526
Event Dates: 12/6/19 - 12/8/19
Application Deadline: 3/31/19 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 6 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Processing Fee): $30.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary
Crafts at the Cathedral, a juried fine crafts show that benefits the work of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine and its congregation takes place in the center of the nave and most of the crossing of the world’s largest gothic cathedral. Now in its 23rd year, the show moved into the Cathedral in 2017 and was greatly expanded.  Exhibitors and craft show enthusiasts were charmed by the new location. The Cathedral is of enormous scale and beauty. The floors in the nave are 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.  Crafts at the Cathedral is now a Cathedral Signature Event.


General Information
23rd Annual Crafts at the Cathedral

Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, New York City
Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 8


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. Exhibitors and shoppers are charmed by the beautiful play of stain glass on granite columns.  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. 
Expected attendance:  5,000 - 6,000. As one of the few remaining juried fine 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.
Promotion: An aggressive campaign will be mounted including distribution of thousands of postcards, press releases to television and news media, electronic advertising and social media. We encourage exhibitors to work their mailing lists and use Twitter and Facebook as much as possible. Our market research has revealed that many people come to Crafts at the Cathedral in response to such invitations.
Amenities: Free coffee, tea and other beverages are available to exhibitors throughout the show.  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 will be made available on our website as well as links to hotels in the neighborhood. 
Entrance Fees:   The Cathedral asks visitors for a $10 fee upon entering, senior and student rate rate is $8.00.  No additional fee will be charged to enter the crafts show.  Visitors to the show may return at not cost. 
Loading & Unloading: Set-up and break-down.  Loading will begin in the afternoon of Thursday, December 5  and continue Friday, December 6. from 7:30 a.m.noon when the show will open to the public.  Assistance will be available for exhibitors loading and unloading.   
Selection schedule: Application deadline is March 31. 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:  Cancellations incur a $150 cancellation fee.  If cancellation is made later than  October 15, refund minus the $150 fee will be contingent on organizers finding a suitable replacement.

Show Schedule
All times subject to revision at the discretion of the sponsors—ample notification of any change will be given

Thursday, December 5         Exhibitor load-in/set-up:  1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
 Friday, December 6            Exhibitor load-in, 7:30 a.m. to noon;  Show Hours: Noon to . – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 7  Show hours: 11:00 – 6:00

 Sunday, December 8   Show hours 1:00 - 6:00

Break down and load out    6:00 p.m. to 10:30      

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 $550. The corner booths (see layout) are $650. Tables may be rented for $40. Chairs are available at no cost.

Booth set-ups are the responsibility of the exhibitor. Display styles are at the exhibitors’ discretion. Please note that Easy Up tents are acceptable, but that roofed canopies are not necessary and detract from overall presentations. All space must have full backing on three sides except for corner booths, which must have backing on two sides. Backing should not be shorter than 8 feet.  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.
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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