Artisan Marketplace – A Great Place to Interact with Artisans
January 8, 2012 by Sarah
Saturday, March 31st and Sunday, April 1st, the second annual Indiana Artisan Marketplace, will debut some of Indiana’s best local artisans at the Expo Hall located within the Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th St., Indianapolis, Indiana. This year, 125 local Indiana artisans and 75 Kentucky artisans will exhibit both art and food, which has been juried and selected as the best in Indiana and Kentucky.
This marketplace is a truly one-of-a-kind exhibition that was attended in August, 2011 by more than 5,000 visitors. Visitors and retailers attending this event will be able to watch the artisans at work, as well as enjoy live Indiana music, craft demonstrations, and sample food and beverages. The event runs from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday and 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday.
The Indiana Artisan Marketplace was established as an economic development venture to assist local artisans with support, a way to promote their work, and as a opportunity to allure more tourists, but has since blossomed into a networking opportunity for the artisans, especially in rural areas, to meet with entrepreneurial support such as Indianapolis-based printing companies in order to have flyers, brochures, and business cards created for promotional purposes, as well as digital prints and productions made from the original artwork on display.
Printing companies that attend this event, as guests, will have the opportunity to network and share information with the artisans and food vendors in attendance. Retailers can register to purchase products from these artisans on “Trade Day”. Cost of admission is $10.00, plus $3.00 for parking. For additional information, or to register as a retailer, please contact Eric Freeman at http://www.indianaartisan.org/about.php.