Handmade in the USA
While mass manufacturers moved overseas, craft artists have all along been creating and selling handmade goods right here in the United States. Craft is a $29 billion industry in America (Craft & Hobby Association Report). Sales support independent artists and small business retailers, and foster appreciation of skilled craftsmanship. Simple acts of eating from a handmade bowl, relaxing in a handmade chair or writing in a handmade journal truly enhance our daily lives. Artisan-made gifts hold meaning because they deliver a story--the story of the artist, the raw materials, the creative process and the local culture. Master and emerging craftspeople preserve American history, pioneer inventive fabrication techniques, and harness our country's entrepreneurial spirit. For those who make, sell and collect objects handmade in this country, the passion is contagious.
American Craft Week
People all over the United States celebrate American Craft Week for ten days every October. It's a time when artisans, craft galleries, outdoor festivals and arts organizations take the national stage, sharing with the public the traditions and innovations of fine craftsmanship in the USA. Over 1,000 participating craftspeople, retailers and organizations register their events with ACW. Then, ACW volunteers promote events and spread the word on the value of handmade goods.
Cultural Tourism Kits
Visitor and tourism bureaus are thirsty for successful, shovel-ready vacation campaigns. American Craft Week celebrations draw crowds from all over the world and pump cash into state, county and city economies. The State of Vermont, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Western North Carolina, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and Mendocino County, California are just some of the regions that partner with American Craft Week. The new ACW Cultural Tourism Kits will give visitor bureaus the tools needed to jump start craft fairs, classes, exhibitions and studio tours in October 2014. Help us by backing the kit project, and ACW's 5th year of celebrations will be the best and largest yet. Our goal of raising $3,000 will fund 1,000 kits. Bring American Craft week to your region and support the US creative economy!
Give a handmade gift this holiday season. In return for backing this American Craft Week project, rewards include handmade items for you to keep or give to family and friends. Rewards will ship in first two weeks of December in time for the holidays.
Limits on rewards will be lifted if a limit is reached. However, all subsequent rewards in that category will clearly state that shipping may take place after early December.
Risks and challenges
Producing and mailing ACW Cultural Tourism Kits is just one piece to a massive puzzle. Reaching out to visitor bureaus all over the US will take thousands of man hours, intensive networking and compelling pitches. Our team of ACW volunteers are industry leaders and committed to the cause. Not only is craft our livelihood, it's our life-long passion. We are continuously expanding our networking reach, and are dedicated to the phone conferences, road trips, and handshakes needed to make this project a reality. The ACW team will spend the next year securing sponsorships from media outlets, retailers and craft associations to fund this project in its entirety.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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