Since their earliest days in operation, ETSY has functioned as an on-ramp to entrepreneurship, empowering people around the world to turn creativity into economic opportunity.
Their Maker Cities initiative is part of their ongoing commitment to using the power of business to strengthen and empower communities.
They received many inspiring proposals from creative organizations all across the country, and Eureka's very own Main Street Eureka Springs were among the five Maker Cities Grants received in 2109 from this ETSY and Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth partnership.
It is another honor for Eureka Springs to be seen as a stand-out place in the world where our efforts are focused on fostering a diverse and inclusive creative community. This program gives participants the opportunity to market test retail products and prepare for online and in-person selling possibilities.
Main Street Eureka Springs—Eureka Springs, AR Supporting LGBTQ makers and entrepreneurs over 50
Main Street Eureka Springs’ Maker Cities Project will build out the Eureka Springs Maker Launch Pad, a program aimed at expanding the business acumen of local artists and makers. Open to all makers and artists but with an emphasis on LGBTQ makers and entrepreneurs over fifty, the program gives participants the opportunity to market-test retail products and prepare for online and in-person selling.
The other four 2019 grantees were:
Conexión Américas—Nashville, TN Supporting immigrant and refugee makers
Southern Colorado Economic Development District—Pueblo, CO Creative entrepreneurship for the diversely-abled and limited economic means
Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation—Phoenix, AZ Opportunities for diverse artists and makers
Jabberwocky Studios - Columbia, MO Supporting women and makers of color
To learn more about these grantees, visit etsy.com/makercities
Like Eureka Springs, Etsy and Mastercard's Center For Inclusive Growth believe that inclusive creative communities build stronger local economies for everyone.
We're in good company.
If it’s handcrafted, vintage, custom, or unique, it’s for certain in Eureka Springs, Arkansas . . . and it's now likely about to be featured on ETSY.