The Artisans Center of Virginia develops and implements systems and strategies to improve economic outcomes for Virginia artisans and their communities while assisting them in promoting their local artisan culture.
We believe creative and agricultural artisans are vital to Virginia’s cultural and economic future.
ACV Membership is open to anyone who supports ACV’s mission.
(Does not include Artisan Trail Network and/or Virginia Oyster Trail participation fees)
Creative Artisans are individual artists of Craft (3-D, roots in functionality) and/or Fine Art (2-D, to include photography) who create works without the use of kits or commercial models, and whose primary components are not manufactured. ACV juried status is not required. When additionally enrolling on a trail, creative artist/artisan’s studio may features 5 or fewer artists (including the applying individual owner of the studio). If more than 5 artists are featured, the individual must apply as an “affiliate/art-related venue”.
An Agri-Artisan is an agricultural-based Virginia agri-tourism business or farm that relies on natural resources of the land, such as family farms, vineyards, wineries, breweries, orchards, organic farming, roadside stands, petting zoo, corn maize, aqua-culture and watermen businesses etc. Such enterprises produce food, fiber, unique crops or livestock, add value to traditional agricultural products, or offer recreational, education, nature or other farm (land/water) based activities, such as markets & roadside stands. ACV Agri-Artisans may elect to participate in the Artisan Trail Network.
A Supporting Trail Site is a locally owned business or site that supports the ACV Artisan Trail Network program through sponsorship and offer visitors places to eat, sleep or unique places to visit, including but not limited to locally owned lodging such as bed and breakfasts, restaurants, and cultural points of interest, recreational activities, including festivals and fairs.
Student Creative or Agri-Artisan membership (Applicable for maximum of 2 years for “next generation” creative &/or agri-artisan students who are 25 years or younger. This level is not applicable when applying to participate in an Artisan Trail).
Affiliates are businesses and organizations that support the mission and work of ACV. Art/Craft-Related Venues are venues, businesses and organizations, for-profit or not-for-profit, engaged in exhibiting or promoting or selling the works of a multiple of local craft artisans and may also represent artists of other media. This can include schools, museums, galleries and cultural/historic sites that have a direct connection to Virginia craft.
Individual patrons who support ACV’s mission of “developing and implementing systems and strategies to improve economic outcomes for Virginia artisans and their communities while assisting them in promoting their local artisan culture.”
All members receive:
Optional opportunities available to members:
“Next Generation” - Students 25 years and under receive:
Affiliate Organizations & Art-Related Venue Members receive:
Craft Artisan Members are eligible to apply for Juried Virginia Artisan distinction.The most highly respected statewide standard of craft excellence! (Application fee applies). Click here to learn more about the ACV Jury
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