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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. 

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Heritage Initiative


Small grants to foster sustainable tourism

In partnership with The TreadRight Foundation, the Artisan Alliance provides small grants to artisan businesses to encourage sustainable tourism practices. The TreadRight Foundation is a nonprofit organization working to ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant for generations to come. The organization believes that travel allows us to explore the world and gain a deeper understanding of each destination's history and culture. The Heritage Initiative looks to further travelers' commitments to the people and the places that we visit.


Since 2015, TreadRight and the Artisan Alliance have supported four artisan enterprises: