Volunteers from American Craft Week reach out to gain traction from the tourism industry.
American Craft Week 2013 may have just ended, but the staff putting forth the time and energy to publicize handcrafted goods all over the country are ramping up already for 2014 – and they are asking your assistance by contributing to their Kickstarter campaign.
Pledges in any amount will be appreciated,” says co-chair Diane Sulg, “We’re not looking for people to contribute their grocery money; a little coffee money would be good, though. Please show your support for American Craft.”
Responding to a question about the focus of this Kickstarter project she says, “This year, what surprised us is the number of people interested in American Craft Week from a cultural tourism perspective. New York Now asked me to write something that any shopkeeper could use. I wrote about why people should stock locally made items and why people wanted to buy them – and how this could become a significant part of their business.
This exposure led to my being contacted by the Commerce Department. They know that the biggest thing foreigners want when they come to this country is something that is made here.
They encouraged us to emphasize the cultural tourism aspect of American Craft Week. Communities all over the United States are creating tourist events, and these are working. We really see the potential of reaching out in this way.
Hence, our Kickstarter project is geared toward reaching this audience. The materials produced through with these funds will be used to reach out to arts councils, arts districts, visitors bureaus and tourism departments throughout the country.”
This Kickstarter campaign runs through Monday, November 18th. Organizers are hoping to exceed their goal of $3,000.00 so that they can contact even more organizations with their message. Monies raised will pay for graphic design, printing and postage costs for their outreach efforts.