PA Wilds Artisan Development Initiative now Accepting Applications from Artisans, Retail Sites

Program works to raise the visibility and profitability of artisans and arts-related businesses in PA Wilds

September 2011 – The PA Wilds Artisan Development Initiative is now accepting applications for its fall jury session for
artisans and retail sites interested in joining the PA Wilds Artisan Trail.

Started in 2006, this program aims to raise the visibility and profitability of artisans and arts-related businesses in the PA
Wilds in two main ways: by branding high-quality, locally-made artisan products with the “Proudly Made in the
Pennsylvania Wilds” brand so these products can command a higher price; and helping get more of these items to market
by establishing an Artisan Trail and an online presence for the program (www.PAwildsArtisans.com) so artisans can more
easily market their products to residents, visitors, design professionals and the like.

Skilled visual and craft artisans living in the PA Wilds are encouraged to apply to the program. Likewise, shops,
restaurants, lodges, galleries, visitor centers and other retailers in the region who are interested in selling handcrafted
items by PA Wilds Juried Artisans, and tying into the PA Wilds brand, are encouraged to apply to become a stop on the
PA Wilds Artisan Trail. Jury sessions are held twice a year – in the fall and spring. The deadline for fall applications is
Oct. 14.

  • Membership guidelines are available at www.pawildsresources.org or by emailing tbrant@pawilds.com.
  • The online application for businesses that want to renew or join the Artisan Trail as a retail stop are available at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2012artisantrail
  • The online application for artisans looking to join the program is available at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DZB2QRR

To learn more about the PA Wilds find us at www.pawildsresources.org or at facebook/PAWildsResources or on
YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxX3ppxMt6k

The PA Wilds Artisan Development Initiative is funded with support from the PA Department of Conservation and
Natural Resources and the Appalachian Regional Commission.


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