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The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, founded in November, 2012 and hosted by the Aspen Institute, is a collaborative effort of 45 organizations, corporations, and individuals who are working together to promote the full potential of the artisan sector.  The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise works to support the power and potential of artisan enterprises to developing economies, communities, and women entrepreneurs all over the world. 

The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise was created to support and grow artisan enterprises, provide best practice services to the organizations that support them, and to support the broader recognition of the importance of the artisan sector to development and preservation of cultural heritage.

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Our Mission

Our Mission:

The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, hosted by the Aspen Institute, was launched by former Secretary Hillary Clinton in 2012. The Alliance is a collaborative effort of over 45 members, including small and medium enterprises, corporations, non-profit organizations and individuals who are working together to promote the full potential of artisan enterprises around the world. As a platform for public-private partnerships, the Alliance leverages the collective strength of our members to break down barriers commonly faced in the artisan sector.

The mission of the Alliance is to support the power and potential of the artisan sector, to create jobs, increase incomes, enhance cultural heritage and promote development that respects the uniqueness of people and place. 

One year after our founding, we present "Amplified Voices," a virtual anniversary event to celebrate the accomplishments of our members.