“Filling multiple gaps in a unique small business industry.” Artisan’s Affinity Alliance is eager to support individuals who are committed to building and operating meaningful micro businesses in the United States. Our desire is to serve as a “hub” where itinerant businesses will THRIVE!
Cultivating experiences for sustainability and growth is our mantra in support of micro creative businesses.
We are a working toward establishing a national membership based association founded primarily to fill multiple gaps within a unique merchant’s industry.
Shhhhhh . . . Listen! Hear the laughter! Smell the flowers! Pause and breathe deeply . . . There's much to see here. So, take your time, look around, and learn all there is to know about us. We hope you will enjoy our site and take a moment to send us a note!
We love our artisans! Let's connect!
PIVOT! Due to COVID-19 face-to-face events and shows have been postponed until a safe time will be open for
doing business better and differently. NOW is the time to hone new skills sets and do something different!
Prepare and Plan NOW! There's more we will offer for you! If you require back of the office services, i.e., exploring show options and opportunities, let us know and we will connect and consult with you!
According to my research, the period in history, “6th century B.C.E., was the time that the agora became a public arena. The word 'agora' is commonly translated as market, but it also means 'open place for assembly.' For ancient Athens, both translations would prove correct. An open location near the center of Athens, the agora began its time as a public place where the residents of Athens could convene together. It was the center of economic life and served as a bustling marketplace. Traders from across the Greek countryside and other more faraway locales came to the agora to hawk (sell) their wares to the prosperous Athenians. Virtually anything one could purchase in the ancient world was available at the agora, including jewelry, clothing, fish, exotic foods, and even slaves. The agora became such a developed marketplace that designated areas were set up for each type of ware. For example, there was a pottery market which was closed off from the rest of the agora and only open to women.” (Study.com, lesson by Christopher Sailus, M.A., History)
Take a look inside and discover a myriad of products and crafts to fulfill your hearts desires and needs. Personal items, gift ideas, and lots of unique treasures for everyone!
Looking for a specific item or product? Let us know and we will be pleased to introduce you to one or more of the local and creative artisans to fulfill you heart's desires!
Due to COVID-19, the outdoor festival season has been cancelled or postponed until 2021. In an effort to continue supporting creative artisans, we are offering a unique opportunity to chat with one of our artisans about artwork, crafting jewelry, clothing and more. Once you've informed us which artisan you want to meet from our list, we will set up the day and time for the meeting. Simply send us a note at Artffinity2017@gmail.com, tell us what type of craft you are interested in and we will take it from there and make the connection!
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What We Know . . .
According to various resources, arts is considered as “a group of activities done by people with skill and imagination." Similarly, the United States Congress, in the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act, defined "the arts" as follows:
“The term 'the arts' includes, but is not limited to, music (instrumental and vocal), dance, drama, folk art, creative writing, architecture and allied fields, painting, sculpture, photography, graphic and craft arts, industrial design, costume and fashion design, motion pictures, television, radio, film, video, tape and sound recording, the arts related to the presentation, performance, execution, and exhibition of such major art forms, all those traditional arts practiced by the diverse peoples of this country. (sic) and the study and application of the arts to the human environment.”
At a minimum, the board of directors reflect at least ten categories of art. With these specialized skill sets represented at the helm of the organization, it is an understatement that humans require all forms of art in their lives, including technology. Without the arts, the creative side of STEM in our environments, the business landscape, our homes, what we use to adorn our bodies, and even the great outdoors would be encumbered.
According to the Alliance for Artisans Enterprises, “Hundreds of thousands of people around the world, largely women, participate in the artisan sector. Behind agriculture, artisan activity is the second largest employer and in the developing world, often the primary means of income. However, the value chain for artisan enterprises is fragmented and fraught with barriers that inhibit greater economic value and returns from occurring.”
OUR MISSION is to applaud micro business owners and identify meaningful industry standards to meet the needs of the creative professional in addition to serve as a place to network and discover resources and information to help them thrive!
EXECUTIVE PROFILE Phyllicia M. Hatton, Founder . . . Following several years of serving people in a variety of positions in the Washington, D.C. region’s business community, Reverend Phyllicia M. Hatton, M.Div., has reached a new zenith in her career as a “serial entrepreneur.” Growing her enterprise launching new ventures, she has also assisted professionals implement and form start-up businesses and other meaningful economic enterprises. Currently, her attention has focused on offering support to mobile business owners. Forming Artisan’s Affinity Alliance allows her the opportunity to employ innate and learned skill sets that reveal her deep passion for the arts and in the interior design/space planning arenas. The mission of the organization is to address a growing need for additional opportunities to assist artisans showcase their works of art in a unique industry. Moreover, the underlying essentials for artisans to operate a successful enterprise are accessed through educational programs and seminars designed to ensure opportunities are available as observed for other small business enterprises.
For the Customer . . . Allow Artisans Exceed Your Expectations!
We work directly with artisans who will fulfill your desires. Your search begins here for one of a kind artwork for your office, business space or home, an outfit and accessories you will not see anywhere else, men's and women's hats, children's clothing, dolls, sculptures, handcrafted skincare products and more, we can point you in the right direction.
We give credit, where credit is due! To the artists . . .
On our site includes myriad of art in many forms -- Discover, Explore, Be Inspired!
Cover -- Quilt, Ramses Artist; Paintings and additional art works: Wall Mural at Studio 3807, Jay Coleman, Ausenart.com; Rik Freeman, Narrative Painter, "Chittlin Circuit Review," Gabriel Schmitz, Dancer, BeAdmired (bracelet), Habeebah's Herbals (handcrafted soaps), Arts.pgparks.com/1782/Brentwood-Arts-Exchange; Art displays at the United States National Gallery of Art , Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C., Food (Balducci's, St. Regis Hotel catering, Ophelia's Fish House, Tortilla Coast) Photography: Phyllicia M. Hatton, Artisan's Affinity Alliance
For the Artisan . . .
We would enjoy sharing your products and works of art! Send us a note and let's talk!
Help for your business -- Resources and other sources. . . sbhelp.biz, mbopartners.com, SBA.gov, SCORE.gov, freelancersunion.org, iFundWomen.org
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