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The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, founded in November 2012 and hosted by the Aspen Institute, is a collaborative effort of over 70 artisan businesses, artisan support organizations, corporations, government agencies, and other partners who are working together to promote the full potential of the global artisan sector.  

The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise was created to elevate the importance of the artisan sector, support and grow artisan businesses, and share best practices in a collaborative learning community. 

April 2016

Newsletters Archive

April 2016

Gina Rogari

Connect with the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise!

The Alliance community is growing every day; this April, 13 new members joined our network. 
Take advantage of these exceptional organizations! Each of our members is working hard to promote the full potential of artisan enterprise across the globe. Get connected, share learnings, and explore collaboration. Find more information about all current members here, and consult our member portal for contact and social media directories (password: alliance2012)!

Unlocking the economic potential of the artisan sector at the Skoll World Forum:

April 13-15, 2016, nearly 1,000 leaders from over 60 countries gathered at Oxford's Said Business School for the Skoll World Forum. This annual gathering of thought leaders pushes the boundaries on global innovation and social change. Alliance director Peggy Clark was joined by members, partners, and more at a discussion on unlocking artisan economic development. Read more about the session on our blog!

Spotlight: International Folk Art Market

Join the Alliance in Santa Fe, New Mexico this July for the 13th annual International Folk Art Market! The world's largest market of its kind, the Folk Art Market provides a venue for master artisans to display, demonstrate, and sell their work. This year, the market will feature over 150 folk artists from 50 countries! The Alliance is proud to host a credit preparedness workshop at the market in collaboration with the International Folk Art Alliance. More details coming soon! 

Tickets for this year's market go on sale May 1; learn more and start planning your visit now! Can't make it to New Mexico this year? Shop the market online at  

Member updates:

Did we miss something? Email with updates from your organization to be featured in next month's letter.


Read about the state of the artisan sector, consumer trends, development issues, and more: 

AOW Handmade Reports - member discount! 

Alliance member Annie Waterman recently launched AOW Handmade, an industry report initiative that provides detailed updates on trends, shows, and suppliers in the artisan sector. Her newest reports cover Ambiente and the Peru Gift Show. The Alliance is thrilled to offer a 20% discount on these reports for all members! Learn more about AOW Handmade and purchase a report on her website using the promo code ALLIANCE