The City of Waterbury and CreateHereNow will launch State of Makers-a statewide showcase of artisans the weekend of Black Friday-November 29th and 30th. The Holiday Artisan Market hosted by The City of Waterbury at 235 Grand Street, will feature a premier collection of handcrafted products such as jewelry, fine art prints, soaps, fiber arts, pottery, home decor and more! Curated by local event coordinators Kate Stephen and Diane Bowler, this dynamic event will provide a one-of-a-kind shopping experience while showcasing the historic and aesthetic assets of Waterbury City Hall and an adjacent property at 193 Grand Street.
The inaugural event of State of Makers, The Holiday Artisan Market is a first of its kind sponsored by CreateHereNow – an initiative of the State of Connecticut Office of the Arts, Department of Economic and Community Development and the City of Waterbury. State of Makers is a statewide marketing project to raise awareness of artisans and the maker’s talents that exist throughout the state. This campaign will create a network of Connecticut makers, offering resources for promotion, exhibition, and commerce. State of Makers is supported by CreateHereNow and ArtPlace. Connecticut is the first to receive an ArtPlace Grant for an entire state.
The weekend will kick off November 29th with the Shoppers Premiere Preview Event which will take place from 6:00 -9:00 pm. Shoppers will be able to enjoy live music, catered refreshments, and signature cocktails while browsing the vendor specials that are only available for that night. Tickets for the Shoppers Premier Preview cost $25 and can be purchased through The Palace Theatre. Ticket holders will enjoy drinks from local wineries and breweries as well as sample foods from well-known restaurants. Live musicians will be in attendance to help create a fun, exciting atmosphere for all visitors.
The Holiday Artisan Market will take place Saturday November 30th from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 pm at the Waterbury City Hall and 193 Grand Street. This event is completely free and open to the public. Over 50 local vendors will showcase their products, providing visitors with the opportunity to purchase work from the most talented artists in Connecticut. Visitors will also enjoy an assortment of seasonal tastings with onsite refreshments. This is a one-stop shopping experience for the holiday season.