San Juan Makers Guild

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The San Juan Makers Guild is a new service initiative forming the fall and winter of 2019-2020 with the intent of bringing together individual makers, existing maker groups, and community partners to help support and grow creative industry makers in all fields. The geographic zone for this Guild is San Juan County in Washington State.

Spring Makers Fair 2020 call for Makers and Innovators  click here

MISSION STATEMENT

The San Juan Makers Guild serves artists, artisans, food producers, authors, film and media makers, designers, manufacturers, and event/media developers as a support network bridging multiple creative industries. The Guild’s mission it to foster and promote locally made products, increase public engagement, and undertake strategic economic strengthening. A core value of the Guild is celebrating and sharing the unique island landscapes, cultural expressions, artistic gifts, agriculture, ingenuity and natural resources of San Juan County, Washington.

As a dynamic professional and business development organization the Guild provides workshops, marketing services, community education programs, and special events that serve emerging and established small business enterprises. Guild services will broaden markets for local products, increase local employment opportunities, provide mentoring, build a year-round economy, and demonstrate viable pathways for future creative entrepreneurs.

While directly strengthening the creative and business operations capacities of local Maker industries and Maker groups, the San Juan Makers Guild also builds relationships among tourism, retail, government and agriculture sectors with the aim of improving economic resiliency across San Juan’s rural island communities.

Contact: sjmakersguild@gmail.com

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES

Makers Circles are starting in 2020 and offer the community of Makers a supportive opportunity to learn from one another and help chart the course for the Guild. These Circles are, in part, Sounding Sessions to gather input on maker needs, and also a chance to gain insight and inspiration from Master Makers on San Juan, Lopez and Orcas islands.

Makers Fairs are planned during 2020 to showcase high quality products, services, and events across creative industries. Showcases are juried and application dates will be announced through the San Juan County Makers Guild Facebook page and mailing lists. Friend the Facebook page / send an email to sjmakersguild@gmail.com / or use the message box below to be included in the private mailing list for event announcements.

Master Makers Workshops are in the planning stage. Let us know if there is a teacher you’d like to learn from – or a class you’d like to teach. Classes may be in person, or online.
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