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 $36 billion+ creative arts industries around
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.
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
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
*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.
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.
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
Read the Association's By Laws here
Address: 330 N. WABASH AVE, SUITE 2000, CHICAGO, IL 60611
Foundation: AFCI Foundation, the
philanthropic arm of AFCI. AFCI Foundation receives some funding from AFCI. AFCI
also promotes creative pursuits in schools, therapy programs and at home
through its AFCI Foundation and CRE8TIME initiatives. The Executive Members
of the AFCI Board of Directors serve as the AFCI Foundation Board of Directors.
of the Board, Jim Thielen
Media Contact: Amanda Darvill, Senior Director, Marketing & Communications
Telephone: (202) 367-2302