"CONNECTING THE DOTS"
Invoking Creative Power Across The Commonwealth
Statewide Artisan Conference
MARCH 16-18, 2015
The ACV invites craft and agri‐artisans, their guilds, regional professional groups, associations, local affiliates and supporting businesses and venues to gather as peers for an empowering experience networking and exploring old ideas in brave new ways.
CONFERENCE REGISTRATION ONLINE
This Is Not Your Everyday Event...from pre-conference immersions to invigorating topics, interactive activities and celebratory honors... come prepared to be engaged as you connect the dots around your Virginia artisan endeavors!
From developing skill techniques and basic business practices to exploring new sales outlets, communication trends, and production advances; the conference program is directed and designed by artisans for artisans to empower their endeavors.
DAY-TRIP: Tour of the Monticello Artisan Trail
DIGITAL MARKETING BOOTCAMP: Dave Neudeck, Director of Digital Marketing, Virginia Tourism Corporation.
STATEWIDE ARTISAN TRAIL ROUND-UP: Doug Jackson, Capacity Development Specialist, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.
KICK-OFF MEET & GREET @ THE GLASS PALETTE - Interactive Studio: Meet our guest speakers during this experiential event. Festive foods & beverages provided. (Opt-in fee - try your hand at fused glass.)
OPENING PRESENTATION & AGRI-ARTISAN KEYNOTE: Jason Tesauro, Chief Sommelier at Barboursville Vineyards.
CREATIVE KEYNOTE & LUNCH BANQUET: Jason Horejs, owner of Xanadu Gallery in Phoenix, Arizona
ALL DAY POP-UP EXHIBITION
MASTER ARTISAN AWARDS CEREMONY & ACV AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE: People’s Choice Awards for Pop-Up Exhibition. Heavy Hors d’oeuvres and the music of Virginia blues band Fatty Lumpkin & the Love Hogs will top the evening in festive artisan style.
FINALE ARTISAN MOSH PIT: Member Community Round Table
Portfolio Critiques (opt-in fee applies)
Interactive Networking Activities
Conference Tees ($15 contribution)
"Next Generation" Student Discounts
The Artisans Center of Virginia (ACV) is the official state organization representing Virginia’s artisan community. Highly visible and unique in its mission, the ACV reaches out to burgeoning “next generation” artisans and small business artisan start‐ups, as well as seasoned practitioners who are focused and ready to take their businesses to a next level.
Over 4,000 craft artisans reside and practice in the state of Virginia. The ACV is dedicated to ensuring artisan craft businesses are a valued mainstay to the economic vitality of Virginia communities. Agri-tourism represents a high profile and ever-growing focus accentuating the cultural synergy between art and agriculture unique to Virginia’s creative landscape. ACV embraces this momentum through collaborations that elevate Virginia artisans; their stories, products and distinctive ways of life that link the past, present and future and highlight the relationship between the acts of creating and living.