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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. 

Past Events

Innovations Workshop
8:00 am08:00

Innovations Workshop

On September 11, 2015, the Alliance hosted an Innovations Workshop at the Aspen Institute for Alliance members and special artisan guests

Artisan Value Chain Workshop
12:00 pm12:00

Artisan Value Chain Workshop

On September 13, 2015 in Santa Fe, the Alliance is excited to host an artisan value chain workshop using the toolkit it created with the U.S. Department of State Secretary's Office of Global Women's' Issues.

Fair Craft
1:00 pm13:00

Fair Craft

  • The New School

The Alliance is hosting Fair Craft with DEED/The New School and Eco Sessions by Magnifeco on February 5th in NYC. We will hear from DEED/The New School on findings from their Fair Craft study. 

Alliance @ Santa Fe
Jul 15

Alliance @ Santa Fe

  • La Posada de Santa Fe

The Alliance will hold its annual meeting at Santa Fe this year. Please click here to view a finalized agenda. 

5:00 pm17:00

African Women's Entrepreneurship Program Meeting

  • Washington, Dc

The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise hosted 35 women entrepreneurs representing 28 African countries who are traveling around the US through the U.S. Department of State sponsored African Women'’s Entrepreneurship Program. Peggy Clark, co-director of the Alliance, led a discussion on Alliance activities and the African Growth and Opportunity Act, with assistance from Nathan Van Dusen, Africa Director of the CARANA Corporation.

6:00 pm18:00

Artisan Resource Opening Reception

  • Passenger Ship Terminal Pier 94

Please join us for a reception co-hosted by Alliance for Artisan Enterprise & George Little Management. The Alliance will honor Clare Smith and award her with the Alliance Artisan Hero recognition for her leadership in the sector; the program will begin at 7:30 p.m. It is also a wonderful opportunity to meet artisan groups from 25 countries. 

For Artisan Resource exhibitors and attendees, your badge will provide access to the reception. If you are not attending Artisan Resource, but would like to attend the reception, please contact Annie Waterman at

12:00 pm12:00

NY NOW Seminar: Growing the Market for Artisan & Global Handmade Products

  • Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

This panel explored what makes global artisanal products resonate with an expanding diversity of consumers and retailers, and how to address challenges of growing these markets. Panelists included Conor French of Indego Africa, Jim Brett of West Elm, Ruth DeGolia of Mercado Global and Dana Towsey of Walmart.

The panel was moderated by Peggy Clark of the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, and Keith Recker of Hand/Eye Magazine.

Tickets were $20 in advance or $25 onsite. For more information, visit