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Virginia Artisan Month

October is Virginia Artisan Month!
Calendar   Non-Trail
Date Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 7:59pm -
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 7:59pm
Duration   30 days
Cost free
Additional Info Link http://www.opendoortour.org
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WHEREAS, Virginia’s artisans link past, present, and future as they reconcile “meaning” with “making” through traditional practices and innovations; and

WHEREAS the production and use of handmade arts and artisan agricultural goods invoke an intimate lifelong relationship of value and appreciation for the work of highly skilled individuals; and

WHEREAS, the culture of the Virginia artisan inspires appreciative audiences for its unique work and distinctive way of life; and

WHEREAS, Virginia currently hosts 33 community-connected and developing artisan trails representing across the Commonwealth that are strengthening our economy through a connective community Artisan Trial Network; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia’s artisan industry comprises an estimated 4,500 businesses, such as individual studios, farms, aquaculture, art venues, and market venues; and

WHEREAS, artisan education research shows that the arts help to foster discipline, creativity, imagination, self-expression, and problem-solving skills while also helping to develop a heightened appreciation of beauty and cross-cultural understanding; and

WHEREAS, artisans and agricultural artisans are integrated into every aspect of life in Virginia—strengthening the economy, enriching civic life, driving tourism, and exerting a profound positive influence on the education of our children.

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