UPDATE: We are so excited to announce that CCA – the revered California College of the Arts – has just agreed to be a partner in I Heart Art: San Francisco!
What role can Etsy play in your local area? This is the most important question I wanted to ask when meeting up with a group of sellers and owners of small creative businesses. I traveled to San Francisco and the Bay Area to see what sparks would come from a collaboration between Etsy sellers, the SF Team, local community groups, museums and art schools. In both the smaller planning session and a meet up with about 150 people, I was impressed by the inspiring resources and projects already going on in the Bay Area. I Heart Art: San Francisco will definitely be about making connections and being part of a creative community. The fact that the Museum of Craft and Folk Art hosted our meet up in the midst of their Sister Corita show was a good omen!
We brainstormed ideas ranging from seller education workshops to demonstrations of artists’ work and processes to better inform the public, from open studio tours to speed dating for crafters and artists to network with boutique and gallery owners. One thing we can immediately start to do is use the #iheartartsf hashtag to share tips about art/craft/vintage/small-biz goings-on in the Bay Area.
You can also find out more about I Heart Art in Baltimore and Portland, or check out my photos from the trip to the Bay Area, including a tour of the California College of the Arts as part of the Craft Forward symposium (where Emiko Oye‘s wonderful Lego jewelry is on display!), and a visit to Allison Smith’s studio with Liz Collin‘s fiber art.