As and artist and maker here in Arizona, I am compelled to help support the community here locally.
It helps friends and colleagues. And, it helps me too.
"If you can't find the support and network you need, then go out there and CREATE IT!"
We have created a totally cool framework and home for tons and tons of services for our members.
But I thought it was probably important to summarize the options when it come to getting out of your studio and connecting with other, like-minded artists and entrepreneurs....
So here goes.
Stay Cool & Happy Making.
Three Great Ways to Get Connected
We have three ways that you can join our community and connect with others in the ARIZONA ARTISANS Collective... Check them all out:
Each option provides a slightly different vibe and certainly different content.
One of the key features that Members have asked for was a way to keep track of upcoming local events - Craft Shows & Festivals, Pop-Ups, Workshops, and more.
And not just when the events are going to occur - but just as importantly, the deadlines for application and even some constructive reviews and tips from Membership about each event. You know - how to get the good booth locations, what types of products do well, price points to target, etc etc.
Each event has its own vibe and core customer. So it's important to understand what it would take to be successful before you drop $400 for a space.
Please check out our Show & Events Calendar on our website:
I'll have more on the guidelines and calendar submission process in a future newsletter.
Keep in mind, since this is a group effort - the Member submissions will be a key part of making this calendar a success.
And, of course, you KNOW that I will be scheduling a whole bunch of content in the near future about how to nail-it at all of these great local Shows and Events.
We've got you covered. Stay tuned...
There are countless aspects to creating a healthy business and artisans/makers have some unique struggles that deserve dedicated attention and personal support.
The internet and social media is overflowing with information and generic advice - much of it targeted at makers. Even more of it focusing on small businesses. And much of it is exceptionally good and useful, but most of it - not so much.
Honestly, though, even the useful content feels disjointed and often vague to the real people who are the entrepreneurs, the makers and artisans. It might make sense, and even speak to your deepest emotions.
But how to put those gems of wisdom to work and actually make it all happen as a unified, organic whole business often feels hopeless.
There must be priorities. There must be focus. Clear direction.
And honestly the nerve to know when it's time to shift direction.
We cannot do it all, by ourselves, all the time. Really.
Together We Rise
I want to change that. And as a local Arizona artisan and business-woman, I know from personal experience, that what's missing is the face-to-face, human dialogue and partnership.
We need the opportunity to connect with real people. We need local connections and resources.
When we know each other, trust each other, and have access to a meaningful knowledge-base, we can help find solutions to very real challenges that work in the context of our community and culture where we are doing business.
Personal contact and shared experiences will allow us to foster a strong local community which in turn lifts each of us up a little closer to our dreams.
We need support and a network. Big Ideas. Big Energy. We need a Mastermind Group.
Let's do this. It is going to be amazing! Come on in...