While it's best known for exquisite shows of folk art, longtime Miracle Mile cultural outpost the Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum is also the best place to take inexpensive craft classes. Workshops range from learning to create musical instruments and knit sculpture to printmaking — there are antique letterpress machines on-site on which people can print their own cards for about $6 a session. CAFAM has truly risen to the mandate of making art accessible to the public, and every month it continues to surprise and delight with new things to learn. Recent workshops showed participants how to create a radio show, mix cocktails, carve chopsticks and write poetry, not to mention the startling Yarn Bombing event at which visitors helped cover CAFAM's entire two-story façade with giant knit granny squares. CAFAM deserves high marks for taking the museum concept into the 21st century. —Suzy Beal

5814 Wilshire Blvd., Miracle Mile, 90036. (323) 937-4230, cafam.org.

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