Happy Earth Day GCCE’ers!
Below are a few cultural entrepreneurship related sites and opportunities I thought might interest you.
1. Culture Label: Living and Breathing Cultural Entrepreneurship by Mark Nagurski on iddictive.com
Check out Mark’s article about a service called Culture Label, a “one-stop-culture-shop, bringing you an edit of products currently available from over 70 leading museum shops, galleries, artists and culture institutions from around the world.“
Here’s what Culture Label has to say about cultural entrepreneurship:
“For us, cultural entrepreneurship is all about connecting culture and consumers – demolishing walls and supplying enormous mainstream demand. In doing so, over and over we’ve seen vibrant new relationships develop between museums, galleries and the world at large.”
2. Craft Research Grants from the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design
Many of the artists and craftspeople who sell their work on Etsy have designated percentages of their sales to be donated to nonprofits working in Haiti.
Two Etsy shops, Craft Hope, and Hearts for Haiti, are collecting donated items from other Etsy sellers. The profits from both stores will be donated to Doctors Without Borders. Collectively, the shops have raised over $30,000.
If you would like to donate work to Craft Hope, according to the Craft Hope blog post, State of Hope, they have stopped taking donations for two weeks so that they can, “get a more formal system in place for accepting donations.” If you would like to donate pieces to Hearts for Haiti, see the shop’s policies for donation guidelines.
What are other examples of how artists and craftspeople are raising money for relief organizations working in Haiti?
Related blog posts:
DIYers Get Crafty to Aid Haiti on Planet Green
Etsy Hosts Hearts for Haiti Shop on Cara’s Scrap ‘N Stamp Art
For Haiti on Happy Shack
In 2006, filmmaker Faythe Levine traveled 19,000+ miles visiting over 15 cities, and interviewing more than 50 indie artists, crafters, and designers. The result is a fun, fabulous documentary that recently came out on DVD, Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft, and Design. Continue reading
While on vacation last week, I read a book I wanted to share with you, Craft Inc.: Turn Your Creative Hobby Into a Business by Meg Mateo Ilasco. It’s fabulous!
Meg covers everything you need to know to get your craft business off the ground: financing, legal structure, trademarks, business licenses, packaging, pricing, production, marketing, publicity, trade shows, sales, order fulfillment, and more in a fun, accessible way.
Plus, she profiles inspiring entrepreneurs and enterprises like Denyse Schmidt, KleinReid, Sunshine Scarves, Wool & Hoop, and Jill Bliss throughout the book. Continue reading