By Linda Marston-Reid, Executive Director, Arts Mid-Hudson
Arts Mid-Hudson is an arts service organization with a mission to provide vision and leadership to support thriving and diverse arts in the Mid-Hudson Valley. With the mission in mind, during 2014 we invited artists who create handmade items to sell in Arts Mid-Hudson’s gallery space during November and December. We were especially looking at ways to forge connections between regional artists and local markets in which to sell their work. Since the last two months of the year are traditionally the time when many purchase gifts for friends and family, our focus was to create a “shop local” opportunity, which can generate 3.5 times the income for the local economy when compared to dollars spent at big-box stores.
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