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Staunton, Virginia –– The Frontier Culture Museum announced today that the museum has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development to undertake the Virginia Artisan Center Planning Project. As part of the planning project, the museum will complete an artisan center feasibility study. Artisans and other stakeholders from across the region will be consulted as to what they want to see in an artisan center and how the center would best contribute to regional community development.
Statewide partners on the project management team—the Virginia Tourism Corporation, the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development and the Artisans Center of Virginia—are considering the question of how a regional presence for artisan and agri-artisans can help strengthen communities, increase markets for artisan and agri-artisan entrepreneurs, provide greater economic opportunity through coordinated strategic action and further the goals of the draft statewide tourism plan in relation to the Shenandoah Valley and surrounding region.
“The Artisans Center of Virginia applauds efforts that create economic opportunities for Virginia Artisans and their communities, while providing conduits for them to showcase their works and tell their unique stories. Through the work of our organization and others a strong foundation has been laid to initiate the feasibility study for this Virginia Artisan Center project,” said Sherri Smith, Executive Director of the Artisan Center of Virginia, a nonprofit organization representing artisans across the commonwealth and now located at the Frontier Culture Museum…...READ MORE
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Want to know more about the ACV and about artisans in the Commonwealth of VA? Listen to this great Community Conversations interview….
Click the link, scroll down and click the play button on the August 1, 2012 conversation.
On Saturday August 11, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the Statewide Artisan Conference held at the Sheraton Roanoke, the Artisans Center of Virginia (ACV) will celebrate the accomplishments of five outstanding individuals who are working in different ways across the Commonwealth to elevate Virginia artisans.
The ACV Awards for Excellence distinguishes outstanding achievement by Virginia artisans, organizations or individuals who support and encourage growth and sustainability of the artisan movement in the Commonwealth. It is an opportunity to acknowledge the commitment to excellence that exists within Virginia and to recognize how this unique creative community enriches and contributes to the quality of life and the economic strength of our state.
Join us as we celebrate:
Chuck Pinnell; Leather Artisan, Pinnell Custom Leather
Janice Arone- Ceramic Artisan/ Gallery Owner, The Barnswallow
Steve Galyean; Virginia Tourism Corporation,
Maureen Kelley; Economic Development and Tourism, Nelson County,
Ann Malleck; Albemarle County Board of Supervisors/ Agri-Artisan Currituck Farm
"I hope all who view my quilts, enjoy my ideas and are drawn into my world of color."
SAW Artisan Studios Fiber-Decorative: Quilts, Wall Pieces,
"Capturing the natural beauty and wonder of American wood"
Wood: Functional Accessories (non-wearable);
"I relish the freedom to transform wonderful woods into equally wonderful pieces of custom furniture art that people can use. "
"Ross Custom Leather maker of quality handcrafted leather goods."