The Artisans collective
THE ARTISANS collective
Is a program designed to provide earned income opportunities and training to Bronx artisans as well as underrepresented artisans of the Diaspora. It is our goal to cultivate a viable cultural and economic asset within our communities by providing these artists with marketing and valuable small business training. We will create a marketplace to sell their original products, and encourage entrepreneurial activities by this special group of craftspeople. We believe that artisans are ARTISTS and should be respected as such.
FOLK ART & ARTISANS
CULTURAL CONNECTIVITY – Gallery Exhibitions
Participate in gallery exhibitions. In the past artisans were vital parts of their community. Each artisan became part of the cultural landscape and community that he/she served - a reflection of the community’s values, beliefs and industry. By providing an opportunity for local artisans to exhibit their work, we express the project’s intent and purpose by introducing the work of these local artisans to the public.
The bronxArtworks™ brand serves to illuminate the cultural richness of the Bronx, showcasing craft created by immigrant artisans living and working in the Bronx, is helping to build a following through more public exposure and presence in the marketplace. The bronxArtworks™ label has accompanied the work of artisans selling on consignment at the Bronx Museum of Arts gift shop and by artisans vending at the Bronx Food and Art Festival as well as at Culturefest the city’s annual cultural celebration. The essential factor in the brand will be the differentiation from other competitors in the market. Become part of an up and coming brand (artists retain their name on all works).
Art as Awards
The Artisans Initiative sponsors the Art as Awards program, providing commissioned craft/artwork for presentation to honored recipients, an alternative to plaques & statues. This effort has generated earned income and higher visibility to the efforts of the program. For example the Citizens Advice Bureau presently offers Art as Awards for their annual Living Legend Award recipients.
571 Walton Avenue, Bronx, NY, 10451
Project Enterprise helps support and develop entrepreneurs and small businesses by providing access to business loans, business development services and networking opportunities. A representative from Project Enterprise will conduct a free workshop. Come out and get the backing your home business or startup needs. This will be the last workshop until fall 2010. For more info about Project Enterprise, visit www.projectenterprise.org.
directions: 2, 4, & 5 trains to 149th & Grand Concourse, walk 1 block to Walton Ave.
450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY
This is the perfect workshop for artists with a desire to photograph their artwork. Learn to create an inexpensive photography setup on a budget. Learn easy focusing, lighting, and exposure techniques for documenting 2D, 3D, and very small artwork. *Bring your own digital camera to this workshop if you have one.
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A Special Thanks to the New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, and New York City Council Member James Vacca for making this program possible through their generous support.