Aid to Artisans
Aid to Artisans (ATA) is a division of Creative Learning, a Washington DC based non-profit organization. Their mission is to assist low-income artisans around the world build profitable businesses selling traditional handcrafted items. They do this in a number of ways including a grant program and training services.
Canvas home(TM) Small Grants Program
In partnership with canvas home™, a retailer of artisan furniture, ceramics, and textiles, the canvas home™ Small Grants Program provides artisans with financial assistance. The grants are meant to allow artisan groups to acquire materials, tools, equipment, training and marketing services in order to expand employment and generate income. You can read about previous recipients here towards the bottom of the page.
Aid to ArtisansU: This platform, allows you to upload your profile, your product catalogue, and gives access to free training courses about topics such as Exporting to the U.S. Retail Market and the Market Readiness Introductory Course. For all courses go to: Learn New Skills. Learn how to create an account (and how to upload your profile and product catalog) here.
ATA Mentorship Program: This is a 16-hour mentorship program with two ATA experts via video conference call and is designed to meet your specific needs in various topics. The cost for this program is about $1,750.
Market Readiness Program: Their Market Readiness Program is an in-person training program that takes place at NY NOW, one of the biggest trade shows in the US. It costs around $2500 per person and includes, networking with buyers and industry experts face to face, exhibiting your products, and training materials. You can learn more about the upcoming schedule and register here.
More about the Readiness Program, “The Market Readiness Program™ is a unique hands-on training experience for all those associated with the artisan sector. Held every August concurrently with NY NOW, the premier Home and Lifestyle trade show, the 4 ½-day program is designed for international artisan producers, designers, exporters as well as the leadership of craft-based enterprises. The program provides intensive preparation for entry into the US market and vital information for building successful export businesses. Learn about the market through in-depth training.”
Market Readiness Webinar Series: These series have been designed particularly for people who are abroad and cannot travel to New York for the in-person training.
The classes available are as follows and the date and times will be announced shortly.
The Structure of the US Retail Market
Product Development and Design
Costing and Pricing
Marketing on the Internet
The cost is $75 dollars and 4 Webinars is $250. If you choose to attend all 4 webinars, you will save $50. It is strongly recommend that you attend all 4 webinars as their comprehensive program. If interested apply here.
Aid to Artisan’s Mission: We create opportunities for low-income artisans around the world to build profitable businesses inspired by handmade traditions. We offer access to new markets, business training, eco-effective processes and design innovation through a network of partners to promote sustainable growth and community well-being.