What’s CraftNight?

The short version: CraftNight is crafts in a bar every Wednesday!

The Long Version:

“Run by artists for all people, CraftNight strives to bring forth the latent artistic talents of the greater public. This mission is performed by incorporating an atmosphere of bohemia and great cordiality.”

CraftNight is an all natural blend of fresh pipe cleaners, perfectly aged puffballs, carefully selected sparkles and the very best quality googly eyes. Laidback and lighthearted, you’ll enjoy CraftNight as a weekly creative outlet, a way to meet new and interesting people, and a place to enjoy delicious and powerful cocktails at LA’s most celebrated neighborhood oasis.

CraftNight asks for your donation of $3 – $5 (sliding scale), it has a different theme/craft every week, and all crafting supplies are there for you to use, no need to bring anything. You can also totally bring your own project to our craft rumpus room if you wish to do your own thing.

We usually run from 9pm until 12-ish, but it’s been known to go overtime into the funzone, so if you’re nearby, pop in to see if we’re still crafting! The worst thing that can happen is we won’t be crafting, and you’ll get a tasty drink special from the bar.

It all started in 2001 at Mr. T’s Bar in Highland Park, CA. and then CraftNight moved around for a year or two, and finally settled at Akbar, on the corner of Sunset and Fountain in the heart of Silverlake. CraftNight is run by myself, and if you’re wondering who the heck I am, pleased to meet you, I’m  Julianna Parr, aka JP, aka The Los Angeles Craft Captain.

CraftNight’s weekly home is at Akbar. CraftNight has crafted with The Hammer Museum, The Skirball Cultural Center, The Craft and Folk Art Museum, Armory Center for the Arts, The Bicycle Kitchen, Lambda Literary, Yuri’s Night, and various events both public and private, all over the place! We craft with all ages, but our preferred participants are adults, because they, most of all, have forgotten the joys and sorrows of making stuff.

Read more about my treatise on CraftNight in the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest Issue #6 

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