Celebrate Art and Craft at the 7th Annual Boston Handmade Marketplace

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The Somerville Arts Council and Boston Handmade present an ArtsUnion Event: The 7th Annual Boston Handmade Marketplace in Union Square Somerville, July 13, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. This free public event features local artists, artisans, and craftspeople exhibiting their unique and limited edition goods, demonstrating craft techniques, and leading interactive DIY activities.

The Boston Handmade Marketplace is an outdoor event celebrating everything art and craft with a vibrant spectrum of invited artists, along with members of Boston Handmade. This free public event features artists and craftspeople working in media, including jewlery, ceramics, fine art, textiles, paper goods, accessories, glass and more. The Marketplace promotes independent businesses and individuals creating one-of-a-kind and limited edition handmade works, along with organizations and craft studios that teach and encourage creativity and craftsmanship. Learn and experience the creative process of our exhibitors through live demonstrations and interactive DIY activities, while shopping for unique and limited edition goods, and enjoy performances from Somerville area musicians playing throughout the afternoon.

The independent artists, arts organizations, and craft studios participating in the 2014 Boston Handmade Marketplace represent a wide variety of media and neighborhoods from across New England, and it's all happening in Union Square (at the intersection of Washington, Prospect & Somerville Ave.) on Sunday, July 13, 2014, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. (rain date Sunday, July 20). Shopping locally and buying handmade goods support local small businesses and strengthens hometown economies, while also building a stronger and more vibrant community. Be a local Handmade Hero, and say hello to Boston Handmade.

Boston Handmade was founded in 2007 with the purpose of gathering like-minded, independent, artists and craftspeople to work together towards reaching common professional and artistic goals. Today, Boston Handmade, an Etsy.com affiliated artist group, sponsors creative and business opportunities while striving to increase visibility for local handmade art and craft in the metro Boston area. The Somerville Arts Council's ArtsUnion Project is an initiative designed to boost the cultural economic development of Union Square, Somerville. ArtsUnion presents numerous events and markets, develops and leads cultural and historical tours, commissions street furniture and public art, and has revised zoning to incentivize arts-related development in the Square. The Somerville Arts Council and the Mayor's Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development created ArtsUnion. Funding for the initiative is provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council's John and Abigail Adams Program, and the City of Somerville.

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