Textile Arts Center
Textile Arts Center


Textile Arts Center (TAC) is a NYC-based resource facility dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of textiles through creative educational programs for children and adults. At TAC, we unite and empower the textile community and advocate for the handmade by providing accessible, skills-based classes that reinvigorate engagement with traditional crafts. Techniques like weaving, sewing, and dyeing are practical, connective, and process-driven—common denominators around the world. They are part of our collective history and vital to our ongoing expressions of design, art, and culture.

Reviews (22)

  • Beginner sewing / fashion design summer camp for teens ?

    For the school year, he’s enrolled in a sewing/fashion class at Textile Arts Center, which he loves. One thing I personally find cool about TAC is that the teachers there are working artists and use the space for their own work as well. I like that my son is getting exposure to that in addition to learning the craft.
  • Review from the 2023 Summer Camp Survey

    Location: Carroll Street- Gowanus neighborhood How old was your child when they attended camp this summer? 6.5 years old Review: Our child attended two weeks at TAC with the extended day options. We had been concerned that our child wouldn't find things to do during the extended day time (there is no directed programming during those hours) but found that she loved the camp and is eager to go back. Each week had a specific focus; our child was proud of what she learned and accomplished as an artist. The space itself where the students work appears to be fairly limited for each age group but they do go out for some time in the afternoon to a local playground.
  • Review from the 2023 Summer Camp Survey

    Location: Gowanus How old was your child when they attended camp this summer? 6 and 10 (2 kids) Review: My kids love this camp. They have done it for 1 week the past two summers and really love it. What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Nothing
  • Textile Arts Camp

    My friend turned me on to this and we sent our 5 year olds for MLK Day. It was awesome! The place is super cool. Kids had a blast. They made really unique and interesting projects. Def recommend.
  • Textile Arts Camp

    We sent our daughter pre-pandemic, so it's an older review, but she really loved it, it's a very homegrown/grassroots feeling camp--truly artsy and creative.
  • Review from the 2022 Summer Camp Survey

    Location: Carroll Street How old was your child when they attended camp this summer? 7 Review: My kid did a week of camp here. He had a great time. He had fun and made some very cool art!
  • Textile Arts Center classes

    Our daughter takes after school classes at Textile Arts Center and really likes the teachers and the projects they've been working on. The staff have been very responsive and reliable with picking her up from PS 372 across the street. We don't plan to continue after this session only because she is in kindergarten and the classes are a bit advanced for her - she says she wants to go back when she's in second grade and I completely understand why. I would recommend their programs for ages 7-10 give or take, but 5 is a bit too young.
  • 2018 Summer Camp Reviews

    Summer 2018 Review: Just finished another fantastic summer at TAC camp! The projects are compelling and complex, the techniques learned and engaging, and the staff is engaged and fun! Field trips are well planned and to NYC museums to look at related exhibits. And the projects shift each week, so multiple-week attendance is never a problem. Age of child: 12
  • Review from the 2017 PSP Summer Camp Survey

    This is our 5th year at the camp, and each year it's better and better. the weekly crafts are thoughtful and tied to the field trip, and involve a level of skill (which is taught) that elevates it from a simple arts-and-crafts project. The counselors are silly and fun and kind, and the program runs like clockwork. Excellent outdoor time/additional silliness, and lots of access to lanyard, embroidery floss, etc. for extra little projects. Each week is different, so you can do multiple weeks without repeating projects. Highly recommended! Age of child: 11 Based on a Summer 2017 experience
  • Review from Kids Birthday and Bar/Bat Mitzvah Party Survey - 2016

    Age of child: 10 Venue Review: they are incredibly accommodating and lovely - we've had multiple parties with them over the years, and they keep getting better in terms of organization and projects
  • Summer Camp Survey 2016

    Age of child: 10 Review: This is my daughter's fifth year at this camp, and each year has gotten better and better. The projects are age-appropriate, but sophisticated and challenging, and the field trips to museums around the city are well integrated in to week's curriculum. My daughter attends for multiple weeks a summer, and no project is repeated, so there's no fear of boredom. Regular camp activities are incorporated too - playground time, games, etc., so it's a very well-rounded day. The counselors are attentive and adored, and TAC runs a very tight and organized ship! What would you change about the program, if anything? Nothing - we adore it as is!
  • Review from 2015 Summer Camp Survey

    Age of Child: 9 Likes: my daughter loved the complexity of the crafts and being able to focus on a particular method (weaving, surface design, etc.) The counselors were caring and energetic and the camp head, Lisa, really went the extra mile juggling all of the logistics, parents, and kids What would you change? really nothing! we've been sending our daughter here for 4 years and love it. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend
  • 2014 Summer Camp Review

    Program: Age of Child: 7 Likes: She loved the time that she was making the actual craft for the week. What would you change? My daughter said that there was not enough play time with water play. Apparently, they go to a playground, or rooftop that has wart but some days they aren't allowed into the water and we were never told to send water clothing. Would you send your child(ren) again? No Do you recommend? Recommend with reservations Do you have any other information to add? A few things...before it was time to register, I had called on multiple occasions to inquire about the earliest time for drop off and the latest time for pick up. On all occasions, I was told that we could drop off any time after 8am and pick up until 6pm
  • Review from 2013 Summer Camp Experience

    Age of Child: 7 Likes: Real textile based activities, and great camp activities, too. No swimming, which was also a plus for us. What would you change? Some of the field trips were very academic/museum based, which she thought was boring. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend Do you have any other information to add? My daughter attended for all 6 weeks and there was no duplication in activities/projects. She had a blast! The counselors are warm and caring, and it was a well thought out program. We'll be back!!
  • Shout out for TAC afterschool-new tween/teen classes

    I want to recommend our favorite after school program—Textile Arts Center. My daughter’s been going for three years, and has always loved the classes and projects. Now we’re thrilled that they are adding new tween/teen classes so she can continue to go, as she starts middle school. I’m spreading the word now, to ensure that these new classes will fill up and run. Obviously, I’m a huge fan, but not affiliated in any other way. Some of the amazing projects they’ve done over the last few years include sewn fabric books, a messenger bag, backpack, a woven/sewn blanket, dyed fabric, printed fabric (using their own drawings), woven scarves and wall-hangings, embroidery, and so many other beautiful things. I’m always excited to see what will come home next! Besides the outstanding curriculum, the teachers are wonderfully warm, supportive, patient, and knowledgable. There’s room for all skill levels in the classes. They also pick up from several area schools.
  • 2012 Summer Camp Survey

    Camp Textile Arts Center Park Slope Day Care or Sleep Away-- DC Program: Age of Child: 6 Likes: Each week had a focus on a particular craft within each group (weaving or surface design) and my daughter liked the ability to work on a multi-day, multi-step craft. She used a sewing machine, loom, did silkscreening, dyeing, and hand sewing - not to mention made tons of friendship bracelets and finger crocheted doodads. What would you change? The counselors felt a bit disorganized in the beginning of the summer, but it got better as the weeks progressed. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Recommend Do you have any other information to add? The actual textile part of camp is only for a few hours (2?) the rest of the day is at Berkeley Carroll, playing, eating lunch, etc. I think we all thought it would be a longer crafting day, but they have to cycle kids through the center to accommodate the numbers. the non-textile parts of camp were fine, but don't expect that your child will be on the loom all day! We also appreciated that this was a true full day camp - 9am - 5pm, with an early bird 8am and late 6pm program as well. Review from 2012 Summer Camp Experience
  • 2012 Summer Camp Survey

    Camp Textile Arts Center Carroll Street Day Care or Sleep Away-- DC Program: Age of Child: 9 Likes: The opportunity to do great fiber arts projects, plus other crafts projects. And good museum trips. What would you change? Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend Do you have any other information to add? Review from 2012 Summer Camp Experience
  • March 2012

    I can’t speak for how it is for kids though they have a ton of programs geared for them. I did take two weaving classes there and think it’s a great place
  • march 2012

    Textile Arts Center is great. I just picked my daughter up from there today. She's 10 and has been enjoying the after school program as well as some summer weeks since it opened. I highly recommend it!
  • (no subject)

    I just wanted to put out a recommendation for the Brooklyn Textile Arts Center for birthday parties. My 6 year old wanted a "weaving" party, and - who knew - they host such things! 6 children happily weaved (or as my daughter says, "weved") for 2 hours on actual looms, with 30 minutes for pizza and cake after. The instructor was low key and helpful, and it was such a wonderful, relaxing day. They have other crafty parties too (that can accommodate more kids). Just wanted to shout out for a great venue!
  • (no subject)

    My 9 yr old daughter loves the Textile Arts Center. She attended a couple of weeks during the summer and continues to attend the after school program. She has made some lovely projects. I highly recommend it for Kids and everyone. (Feb, 2011).
  • Review from Summer Camps Survey, 2010

    Program: jewelrymaking Age of Child: 5 Likes: The specific art/craft activities -- they were original, imaginative, and engaging. The studio where the camp takes place is open, light-filled, clean, and full of beautiful wood looms and yarn "trees." Drawing materials are available all day for the kids. The staff is calm, friendly, and seem genuinely involved in and committed to art. What would you change? The camp seems somewhat improvised and the staff not well-acquainted with standard camp procedures. Not enough room for kids to store their belongings and lunches; parents were not well-informed about the details of field trips (i.e. transportation, counselor/child ratio); there is little outdoor play; and the program seems more like upscale childcare than a learning camp. I was underwhelmed by the amount of actual art-making my child had done by the end of the week, especially for the high price. Would you send your child(ren) again? No Do you recommend? Recommend with reservations