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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. 

Events

Perú Gift Show
Apr
5
Apr 7

Perú Gift Show

The Peru Gift Show is the most important annual trade show in Peru, bringing together more than 150 export companies from Peru and beyond. The wholesale tradeshow features handmade gifts and home accessories. The Peru Gift Show is one of the largest fairs in Latin America, attracting buyers from around the world.

The Fair Trade Show
May
13
May 14

The Fair Trade Show

  • Heritage Court

The Fair Trade Show is a Toronto-based consumer show dedicated to promoting social enterprises that work to advance equality, social justice, and environmental sustainability. For three years, the Fair Trade Show has been connecting ethical businesses to consumers who believe in the power their purchases have to shape the world around them.

International Folk Art Market: Collection
Jun
20
Jun 25

International Folk Art Market: Collection

  • Dallas Market Center

The International Folk Art Market | Collection at the Dallas Market Center connects artists with wholesale buyers for year-round income. Over five days, approximately 25 artists receive booth space and hands-on training at the Dallas Market Center, one of the largest home and gift shows in the country where they connect and establish relationships with wholesale buyers. Artists learn about wholesale marketing, order fulfillment, and how to strengthen their income and earning opportunities through export. Over five years, 57 artists have earned more than $800,000 from immediate sales and hundreds of thousands of dollars from wholesale orders.

FIA Lisboa
Jun
24
Jul 2

FIA Lisboa

  • Lisbon Portugal

FIA Lisboa is the biggest intercultural festival in the Iberian Peninsula, supporting regional development and local cultures.  In 2016, the fair boasted over 100,000 visitors, with 640 exhibitors representing 37 countries. 

International Folk Art Market: Santa Fe
Jul
14
Jul 16

International Folk Art Market: Santa Fe

  • Museum Hill

Since 2004, International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe has hosted more than 800 artists from 92 countries in the world’s largest exhibition and sale of works by master folk artists. The Market offers folk artists a respected spot in the global marketplace to gather together and share their handmade traditions, and to create economic, social, and individual empowerment.

NYNOW: Summer
Aug
19
Aug 23

NYNOW: Summer

  • Jacob K. Javits Center

NYNOW is a leading wholesale tradeshow for home, lifestyle, and gift products. The market is produced twice annually by Emerald Expositions in New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The show includes three handmade collections: Handmade Designer Maker, Handmade Global Design, and Artisan Resource – learn more here!

Maison & Objet Paris
Sep
8
Sep 12

Maison & Objet Paris

  • Paris France

MAISON&OBJET is the multicultural crossroads of contemporary living. Places for meetings and exchanges, the shows welcome exhibitors and visitors from around the world and showcase a high-quality international offer. They provide a comprehensive overview of the excellence and innovation that help to share the best of creativity.

New World Crafts Guatemala
Sep
18
Sep 19

New World Crafts Guatemala

  • Hotel Casa Santo Domingo

New World Crafts is the trade show with the latest Guatemalan and Central American handmade articles; it has become a major supplier of the largest buyers in the United States, Europe, Mexico and South America. Every year it offers the best collections of gift items, personal accessories and handmade home decor in Guatemala and Central America. More than 100 exhibitors from Guatemala and Central America offer quality handmade products with the most innovative designs. 

Tinkuy: Gathering of Weavers
Nov
8
Nov 11

Tinkuy: Gathering of Weavers

  • Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco

Join the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco for an international gathering of textile artisans and enthusiasts, art historians, anthropologists, and many others to celebrate and share the wealth and diversity of Peruvian textile traditions. More than the sum of its workshops and demonstrations, Tinkuy is an experience that stays with you for a lifetime. 


Caravana Americana
Mar
24
Mar 26

Caravana Americana

  • Estación Indianilla

Caravana Americana is a trade show in Mexico City, Mexico that showcases the best selection of contemporary design from across Latin America. Approximately 60 designers will present an array of original fashion, objects, and furniture. 

International Folk Art Market: Collection
Mar
22
Mar 25

International Folk Art Market: Collection

  • Dallas Market Center

The International Folk Art Market | Collection at the Dallas Market Center connects artists with wholesale buyers for year-round income. Over five days, approximately 25 artists receive booth space and hands-on training at the Dallas Market Center, one of the largest home and gift shows in the country where they connect and establish relationships with wholesale buyers. Artists learn about wholesale marketing, order fulfillment, and how to strengthen their income and earning opportunities through export. Over five years, 57 artists have earned more than $800,000 from immediate sales and hundreds of thousands of dollars from wholesale orders.

NYNOW: Winter
Feb
4
Feb 8

NYNOW: Winter

  • Jacob K. Javits Center

NYNOW is a leading wholesale tradeshow for home, lifestyle, and gift products. The market is produced twice annually by Emerald Expositions in New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The show includes three handmade collections: Handmade Designer Maker, Handmade Global Design, and Artisan Resource – learn more here!

Expoartesanias
Dec
7
Dec 21

Expoartesanias

  • Corferias

Expoartesanias is a retail show featuring over 470 social enterprises, organizations and individual artisans throughout South America & beyond. The 14-day artisan fair takes place at Corferias-Centro de Convenciones in Bogota, Colombia. The fair aims to promote Latin American art and is a platform for buyers to connect directly with artisan suppliers. The majority of exhibitors from Colombia offer one-of-a-kind, high-quality products. 

Handmade is Human Forum
Dec
2
9:00 am09:00

Handmade is Human Forum

  • Aspen Institute

Every year, the Alliance hosts a gathering of members and friends in a vibrant, welcoming space to explore key learnings and innovations in the artisan sector. On December 2, 2016, over 75 artisan business leaders, partners, and advocates joined the Alliance team at the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC for Handmade is Human

Global Showcase at TEDWomen
Oct
26
Oct 27

Global Showcase at TEDWomen

  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

This October, the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise and twelve extraordinary artisan entrepreneurs took the TED stage to show the world why the artisan sector matters. October 26-27, the Alliance featured 12 artisan entrepreneurs in San Francisco at the Global Showcase, an immersive experience of people, place and product curated exclusively for TEDWomen - the premier women's conference in the world! 

SOURCE East Africa
Sep
23
Sep 25

SOURCE East Africa

  • Mt. Meru Hotel

SOURCE East Africa is the first professional B2B trade fair in home decor, fashion accessories, and gifts in East Africa. SOURCE East Africa aims to become the one-stop trade platform, where buyers can source directly from the best producers in the region.

New World Crafts Guatemala
Sep
20
Sep 21

New World Crafts Guatemala

  • Hotel Casa Santo Domingo

New World Crafts is the most important trade show for handmade home decor, gifts and personal accessories in Guatemala and Central America. For the past 9 years, New World Crafts has offered the best selection of handmade goods, with modern and contemporary designs inspired in handcrafted traditions and the cultural richness of Guatemala.

Artist Talk: Masters of Tibetan Bronzework
Sep
10
2:00 pm14:00

Artist Talk: Masters of Tibetan Bronzework

  • Freer/Sackler Galleries

Join the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise and Smithsonian's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage at the Freer/Sackler Galleries on September 10 to hear from Nima's daughter, filmmaker Dawa Drolma, about their bronzework and about the sculptures from the Himalayan region currently on view in the Sackler Gallery. The talk will be followed by a reception. 

Maison & Objet Paris
Sep
2
Sep 6

Maison & Objet Paris

  • Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibitions Centre

More than 80,000 professionals from around the world visit Maison & Objet’s biannual gift show in Paris to order merchandise and find new sources of inspiration. In particular, the “Eclectic” section of the show brings international and local cultures and inspiration to modern design. This section features organizations from around the world with export capabilities.

NYNOW: Summer
Aug
20
Aug 24

NYNOW: Summer

  • Jacob K. Javits Center

NYNOW is a comprehensive market for gift, home, lifestyle and handmade products. The biannual market attracts over 35,000 buyers and includes sections for both “Handmade” and “Artisan Resource” products. 

Freer | Sackler Turquoise Mountain PechaKucha
Aug
13
1:00 pm13:00

Freer | Sackler Turquoise Mountain PechaKucha

  • Freer | Sackler Museum

Enhance your exploration of Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan by celebrating Afghanistan’s Independence Day (August 19). Spend a fun-filled afternoon making art, tasting Afghan food, hearing from artisans, watching musical performances, listening to traditional stories, and exploring the arts of Afghanistan. 

International Folk Art Market: Santa Fe
Jul
8
Jul 10

International Folk Art Market: Santa Fe

  • International Folk Art Market

The International Folk Art Market Santa Fe celebrates the humanity of the handmade that empowers communities through monumental earnings. Since 2004, the International Folk Art Market Santa Fe has hosted more than 750 master folk artists from 91 countries in the world’s largest exhibition and sale of works.

Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016
Jun
22
Jun 24

Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016

  • San Francisco, CA USA

The annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) showcases inspiring entrepreneurs and investors from around the world creating new opportunities for investment, partnership, and collaboration; connects American entrepreneurs and investors with international counterparts; and highlights entrepreneurship as means to address some of the most intractable global challenges. 

International Folk Art Market: Collection
Jun
22
Jun 26

International Folk Art Market: Collection

  • Dallas Market Center

The International Folk Art Market Collection at the Dallas Market Center connects artisans with wholesale buyers over 5 days. During the market, approximately 25 artisans receive booth space and hands-on training at the Dallas Market Center, one of the largest home and gift shows in the country.

FIT Summer Institute: Sustainability in Fashion and Textiles
Jun
6
Jun 10

FIT Summer Institute: Sustainability in Fashion and Textiles

  • Fashion Institute of Technology

Sustainability in Fashion and Textiles is a four-day series of lectures, discussions, panels, and hands-on workshops focusing on sustainability and technology in fashion and textiles. The series is designed for industry professions and academics wishing to broader their understanding of sustainability and its integration into the fashion industry. The series will take place June 6-10, 2016.

The Fair Trade Show
Jun
4
Jun 5

The Fair Trade Show

  • Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place

The Fair Trade Show is a Toronto-based consumer show dedicating to promoting social enterprises that work to advance equality, social justice, and environmental sustainability. For two years, the Fair Trade Show has been connecting ethical businesses to consumers who believe in the power their purchases have to shape the world around them.

Maison & Objet Americas
May
10
May 13

Maison & Objet Americas

  • Miami Beach Convention Center

In May 2016, Maison & Objet will hold its second annual American show in Miami Beach, Florida. Maison & Objet Americas aims to offer an annual event for the North and South American exhibitors and visitors. It will bring together a selection of 300 brands representing the upscale spirit that was behind the success of Maison & Objet Paris.

Peru Gift Show
Apr
21
Apr 25

Peru Gift Show

  • SARCDA

The Peru Gift Show is the largest exhibition of home products and gifts in Peru, and one of the largest in Latin America. The annual fair began in 1998, and now features over 150 export companies from Peru and beyond. It attracts buyers from around the world, and includes gift, home décor, textiles, tabletop, jewelry, and fashion accessories.

InterAction Forum: Artisan Trade Fair
Apr
18
Apr 20

InterAction Forum: Artisan Trade Fair

  • Washington Marriott, Wardman Park

The annual InterAction Forum provides the unique opportunity for leadership of NGOs, governments, philanthropy, corporations, and civil society to engage and forge common solutions to improve the lives of the world’s poor and marginalized.

Skoll World Forum
Apr
13
Apr 15

Skoll World Forum

  • Saïd Business School

The Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship is an international platform for advancing entrepreneurial approaches and solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. Every year, nearly 1,000 of the world’s most influential social entrepreneurs, key thought leaders, and strategic partners gather at the University of Oxford to exchange ideas, solutions, and information. The Forum shines a spotlight on best practices, new innovations, and connecting leaders to advance global social progress.

SXSW: SXGood Hub
Mar
14
Mar 15

SXSW: SXGood Hub

  • Palm Door on Sixth

The two-day SXgood Hub, presented by the United Nations Foundation, is a creative content venue designed to unite attendees of SXSW Music, Film, and Interaction who are advancing social innovation. The Hub features dynamic programming, pop-ups, and special events to inspire, education, and connect.

Aspen Forum on Women & Girls: Conversations Across Generations
Mar
7
Mar 8

Aspen Forum on Women & Girls: Conversations Across Generations

In celebration of International Women's Day, Alliance director Peggy Clark and the Aspen ASCEND program will host the Aspen Forum on Women & Girls: Conversations Across Generations, featuring the movement for economic justice and equality for women and girls.  

NYNOW: Winter
Jan
31
Feb 3

NYNOW: Winter

  • Jacob K. Javits Center

NYNOW is a comprehensive market for gift, home, lifestyle and handmade products. The biannual market attracts over 35,000 buyers and includes sections for both “Handmade” and “Artisan Resource” products.

Expoartesanias
Dec
4
Dec 17

Expoartesanias

  • Corferias

Expoartesanias is a retail show featuring over 470 social enterprises, organizations and individual artisans throughout South America & beyond. The 14-day artisan fair takes place at Corferias-Centro de Convenciones in Bogota, Colombia. The fair aims to promote Latin American art and is a platform for buyers to connect directly with artisan suppliers. The majority of exhibitors from Colombia offer one-of-a-kind, high-quality products. 

Innovations Workshop
Sep
11
8:00 am08:00

Innovations Workshop

  • The Aspen Institute

On September 11, 2015, the Alliance hosted an Innovations Workshop at the Aspen Institute for Alliance members and special artisan guests. Workshop leaders discussed supply chain transparency, effective assessments, holistic community approaches, and more! Learn more about the workshop here. Members, if you missed the workshop, check out the presentations on the member portal

Artisan Enterprise: The New Startup Economy
Sep
10
8:00 am08:00

Artisan Enterprise: The New Startup Economy

  • U.S. Department of State

September 10, 2015 marked the launch of the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise's Global Campaign for the Artisan Sector, entitled Artisan Enterprise: The New Startup Economy. The event took place at the U.S. Department of State in Washington DC, and included a combination of high visibility media engagement, high level speakers, innovative solution-finding panels, and a multimedia competition to engage a wide variety of audiences and promote the potential of the global artisan sector. Read more about the event on our blog