Rising Beyond Artisans Center of Virginia Statewide Artisan Conference

Artisans Center of Virginia
P.O. Box 452
Waynesboro, Virginia
Artisans Center of Virginia
Statewide Artisan Conference
The ACV invites craft artisans,
agri-artisans, their guilds, regional
professional groups, associations, local
affiliates and supporting venues to
gather as peers for an empowering
weekend of networking and exploring
old ideas in brave new ways.
Special Guests Speakers
Vannesa Bertozzi, Director of Community
& Education for Etsy
James Thurman, Assistant Professor at the
University of North Texas’ College of Visual
Arts & Design
Artisans Center of
Virginia Statewide
C o n f e re n c e
August 10-12, 2012
R o a n o ke , V i r g i n i a
Location & Hotel
Sheraton Roanoke
2801 Hershberger Road
Roanoke, Virginia 24017
Special Hotel Rate
Single $99 p/n or
Double: $109 p/n plus tax
Hotel reservations are to be made directly with the Sheraton Roanoke.
Reservations: 800-325-3535
ref: “Artisans of Virginia”
Handcrafting Virginia’s Artisan Economy
Reservations must be guaranteed with a major
credit card or accompanied by a first night’s deposit. To guarantee conference rates, make your
reservation by July 15 and state that you are
attending the Artisans Center of Virginia
Statewide Artisan Conference.
9:15 a.m.
Opening Speaker: James Thurman, NTSU
“Creative Synergies by Design: How Innovative Ideas
Yield Economic Prosperity and Strengthen Community”
It has been a time of unprecedented growth
for artisans all across the state of Virginia.
You are invited to join in community for a
weekend highlighting how artisans and their
communities all across the Commonwealth
are rising beyond expectations as they
handcraft a vision for their futures.
Artisan businesses are a mainstay to the
economic vitality of Virginia communities.
Agri-tourism represents a high profile and
ever-growing focus accentuating the cultural
synergy between arts and agriculture unique
to Virginia’s creative and cultural landscape.
The Artisans Center of Virginia Statewide
Artisan Conference is informed and designed
by artisans for artisans to empower, inspire
and provide resources on a wide variety of
topics & trends to help them grow and
exceed in their endeavors.
10:00 a.m. Studio Tour (Optional)
Arriving early? Join us for an invigorating
and illuminating tour of Roanoke’s downtown
City Market area, galleries & artist studios.
$35 per person (box lunch included).
4:00 p.m
6:30 p.m.
Meet-n-Greet Reception
Hosted by Yarn Explosion
Don’t miss the opportunity to meet & mingle
with conference speakers, invited guests and
fellow conference goers. Enjoy hors d’euvres
and Virginia wines, compliments of ACV.
7:30 a.m.
9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Welcome, Richard
Christy, President ACV
Innovation results from the application of
creative problem-solving and everyone has
the potential to utilize and benefit from
creative responses to any challenge. Synergy
occurs by forging new connections to
produce improved results and these
connections build and reinforce communities
while driving economic growth. James will
share significant examples of applied creative problem solving across a range of businesses and professions
including his own. Building upon his years of experience
teaching and practicing Design, he will illuminate how the
Design field’s model of ideation, making, and collaborative
dialog is applicable to almost any field or project.
10:45 a.m.
Concurrent Workshops
12:15 p.m
Lunch Speaker: Vanessa Bertozzi, Etsy
“We Make Our Own: Community, Technology and
Growth in the Handmade Movement”
Why does that jar of artisan pickled beets
with the stunningly designed typography on
its label taste better? Why are those wedding
boutonnieres handmade with reclaimed
vintage beads worth more - not in dollars
paid but in the story behind them? It's not
only because of the physical beauty,
functionality or quality of these objects, it is
in great part because of the people who make them, their
lives, their stories. And it is in great part because of the
people we become when we buy them and support the
makers. Etsy, the online marketplace where independent
creative businesses sell their crafts, art, vintage items and
supplies, is one player in a much larger movement. Since
2005, Etsy has grown to become the global crossroads where
art and commerce meet, where high speed technology
powers a homespun back-to-the-land and back-to-the-hand
resurgence. Whether artisan or patron, you will be elevated
and inspired as Vanessa tells the new folk history of the
handmade movement and discusses Etsy's role in making the
world more fair, more sustainable, and more fun.
2:00 p.m.
3:45 p.m.
Concurrent Workshops
Concurrent Workshops
Reduce the cost of registration by volunteering. For more
information on the jobs available or to volunteer contact
us right away! (Volunteer opportunities are limited).
Workshops, panels and roundtable sessions are
designed to offer a wide range of theories, activities
and fresh ideas...from taxes, insurance, marketing,
and the latest trends in social media to creative
techniques and educational outreach ideas that will
inspire you to take your artisan and agri -tourism
endeavors to the next level.
6:30 p.m.
We Celebrate!
“Virginia Artisans & Their Patrons Tell All:
Lessons Learned Along Life’s Artisan Trail”
Awards for Excellence will be presented honoring
individuals who have presented significant and
distinguished achievements in craftsmanship,
advocacy or education related to advancing the artisan
movement in the State of Virginia. With special
musical guests, renowned jazz artists Stephanie Nakasian & the Hod O’Brien Trio.
8:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Artisans Community Roundtable
“The Artisan Mosh Pit”
What do you want your community decision makers to know?
You are invited to submit your questions, concerns and
suggestions for a facilitated discussion with tourism,
economic development, arts & cultural and community
11:30 a.m.
ACV Membership Meeting
1:00 p.m.
Artisan Group Meetings (Optional)
Meeting space is available to artisan organizational groups,
guilds societies, etc. on advance request.
Tell Your Story! Cindy Marks, Publisher of Artizen
Magazine wants to interview YOU! Interested
attendees will have the opportunity to meet one -toone with Cindy. Select stories will be featured in
Artizen Magazine, the online publication read all over
the world. Be sure to arrive early to get on Cindy’s
Private Portfolio Critique with an experienced
artisan juror /curator or gallery owner. $25 for a 20
minute professional critique of your portfolio. You
must register by July 31 to take advantage of this
Virginia Artisans: Their stories, products and distinctive ways of life link the past, present and future and reconcile the relationship between the acts of creating and living.
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Artisans Center of Virginia
P.O. Box 452
Waynesboro, Virginia
Phone: 540-946-3294
Toll Free: 877-508-6069
E-mail: [email protected]
Web: ArtisansCenterofVirginia.org
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EARLYBIRD (to July 19) : $85 ACV member / $95 Non Member
REGULAR (July 20—August 9): $100 ACV member / $110 Non—Member
AT THE DOOR: $125 ALL (August 10 & 11, 2012)
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STUDENTS: $75 (Verification required)
Registration includes:
* Admission to all workshop sessions
* Comprehensive workshop syllabus
* Friday Evening Meet-n-Greet
* Saturday Continental Breakfast
* Saturday Plated Luncheon
* Saturday Afternoon Break Refreshments
* Saturday Award for Excellence Celebration
(Festive Fare Provided. Cash Bar)
* Sunday Continental Breakfast
The menu selection has been made with
consideration to vegetarians diets. Please
note if you have any food allergies we
should be aware of here:
Children 5 and under are free and do not receive name badges or
luncheon. Optional Child’s Luncheon: $15.00
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