About / Contact Us / Login / My Account / Shopping cart
#eWebTopPaneTopLinksCellTable { float: right; margin: 90px 0px 10px; width: 340px; border:0px solid blue; } #eWebTopPaneTopLinksCell { border:0px solid red; } #headerBanner2{ float: left; margin-top: -120px; text-align: center; width: 100%; padding-top:5px; }
About AFCI
Board of Directors
Bylaws
Contact Us
Hall of Fame
Industry Awards
Partner With Us
Policy Governance
Privacy Policy
Staff


Craft and Hobby Blog
Heart of Creativity

About Association For Creative Industries


The Association For Creative Industries (AFCI) is the premier trade association for the global creative arts products industries. AFCI is committed to its vision of a healthy, vibrant and innovative community that enriches people’s lives through crafting and other creative activities. As an organization, AFCI strives to deliver innovative high value services as we support our Members who provide products and services to educate, entertain, and inspire creative consumers. Our Members include the manufacturers, retailers, distributors, designers, educators, digital content providers, professional makers and DIYers, and other creative professionals that comprise the $40 billion+ creative arts industries around the globe.*
 
AFCI’s vision is to lead a forward-thinking and vibrant business community where creative arts professionals can learn, connect, discover and succeed.
 
The world of creativity is changing. It’s so much more than arts & crafts. And it’s expanding globally at a pace that is astounding. AFCI is expanding our focus too.
 
Our History
Known as the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) through January 2017, AFCI is a new trade association brand, with a deep history.
 
In 2004, two prominent organizations that served the craft and hobby industry, the Hobby Industry Association (HIA) and the Association of Crafts & Creative Industries (ACCI), joined forces to form a more robust association with a greater purpose. For the next twelve years, CHA would lead the arts and crafts industry in producing trade events and delivering research, education and community.
 
In 2016, CHA undertook a study of its Member needs and the current marketplace. In recent years, CHA has recognized the emergence of original ways to deliver ideas and to learn, observed ingenious new creative methods and products competing, the advent of alternative marketing and sales channels, and brand new consumers with a unique language and entrepreneurial spirit determined to grow and expand how we see creativity in our daily lives. All of this change is considerable, and has surged through the industry with lightning speed, causing disruption, while creating opportunity. CHA identified the need to help its Members make sense of an evolving business environment, figure out the impacts of this change to their businesses and to serve as a trusted advisor along the way.
 
We begin our expanded focus with a name change designed to embody the more than 2,000 global Member companies we represent and better align with the full industry we support. In truth, we learned the Association For Creative Industries has a real opportunity to deliver greater value, and you will see the results of our findings as we launch new and improved programs and benefits designed to exceed our Member expectations.
 
*Data from 2017 AFCI Size of Industry Report
 
Vision: AFCI is committed to its vision of a healthy, vibrant and innovative community that enriches people’s lives through crafting and other creative activities.
 
Mission: We unify, connect, represent and support the growth of the global creative community. We serve members who provide products, services and marketplaces which entertain, educate and instruct and above all inspire consumers.
 
AFCI earns the reputation of being an association which consistently delivers innovative high value services and above all exceeds the expectations of its members, Board and community it serves.
 
AFCI offers its team members a safe, challenging and rewarding workplace and supports the community in which it operates.
 
Legal Status: 501(c)6 private, not-for-profit organization
 
By Laws: Read the Association's By Laws here.
 
Address: 319 East 54th Street Elmwood Park, NJ 07407
 
Telephone: Main: 201.835.1200, Fax: 201.835.1284
 
Foundation: CHA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AFCI. CHA Foundation receives some funding from AFCI. AFCI also promotes creative pursuits in schools, therapy programs and at home through its CHA Foundation and CRE8TIME initiatives. The Executive Members of the AFCI Board of Directors serve as the CHA Foundation Board of Directors.
 
Leadership:
Chairman of the Board, Chuck McGonigle
Telephone: 201.835.1215
 
President and CEO, Mark Hill
Telephone: 201.835.1201
 
Media Contact: Kristen Farrell, Manager of Marketing and Public Relations
Telephone: 201.835.1209
 
Websites:
www.afci.global (Association For Creative Industries)
www.creativationshow.org (Creativation)
www.cre8time.org (Cre8time Movement)