I had to share this letter that is for all Artists and Retailers and Everyone:
For many of us, today we feel that our nation has exhaled a breath, one we’ve been holding for years.Today, it is time to move forward. Regardless of whom you supported, yesterday’s election was a testament to all of us and the world of the importance of the collective impact of individual actions. Going forward, we feel assured that Main Street’s needs will be at the top of the list of “special interests” for our next president. Now is the time to share and promote our stake in the revitalization of our nation, our economy and the world at large. We encourage you to join us by taking action toward sustaining and supporting the economic importance of craft industry. Many of you – artists and retailers – have struggled over the past weeks, months and in some cases, years. Each of us owes it to each other to work together toward making our community a strong partner in creating a new small business-dominated economy. But before the turnaround occurs we need to be sure that we keep our own promises to each other, sharing resources, keeping informed and increasing both business and artistic skills so that when the time comes we are prepared to take our place as the small flame that ignites the resurgence of a stronger economy.You can begin by sharing with friends and neighbors the incredible difference that can be made to our economy with each dollar they spend locally on products made by hand in the U.S. and Canada. If the thousands of members of the craft family took one simple action a day – even one a week – imagine what we could accomplish in raising our community’s profile, and our individual prosperity. In the coming weeks, we will be offering easy, step-by-step small tasks that will help to create social action, craft and good cause consumerism. Visit us on Facebook, our blog, and on Twitter to hear our thoughts on spreading the word about our community. And we hope that in exchange, you’ll share your suggestions with us and others as well. We can no longer retreat into the isolation of our studios and galleries or stores. Building relationships inside and outside our community benefits us all. If you have not already committed to attending next February’s Buyers Market of American Craft, we encourage you to do so today. Our community’s strength is built upon the personal contact made during those four days each February and three in August. If you are retailer, please visit http://go.ennectmail.com/BroadcastRedirect.asp?Cid=20656085&BId=34716&U=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.americancraft.com today to register. Artists may download an application at that same website. Today is a new day – we hope you will join us on the journey.
Wendy Rosen & the Staff of the Buyers Market of American Craft
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