For those of you who don’t know me, I have a long history of organizing events with large vendor components. I retired last year from the main one of those – Greater Pittsburgh Pagan Pride Day. But I missed it! The event planning end of things! So, I got to talking with some other friends who were vendors, and an idea came to mind.
Pittsburgh is home to a large number of creative, innovative, and most importantly, progressive makers. What if we brought this community of makers together, and had an event that was rooted in social justice practices? We’d make it affordable to participate. It would be in a location accessible to people with disabilities. The location would also be on bus lines. It would be loud and proud about its progressive bent. Priority would be given to crafters of color, and crafters with disabilities.
I gathered my progressive maker friends together in a Facebook group, and decided to go ahead and jump with the idea of having a show. I reached out to the Union Project, one of TRCF’s many grantees, to see if they would be interested in hosting it. They agreed almost at once. But what day to have it? We didn’t want to conflict with any other major craft fairs. But we still wanted to fit it in before this holiday season. I went through the dates of so many fairs, but one date stood out as mostly free of conflict – Small Business Saturday, November 30.
In a tight turnaround of about 2.5 months, collectively we got Craftivist planned! We got more interest from more vendors than I expected. I was hoping to get 20 vendors – we had more than 30 apply, and 30 will be there! We’re doing this as a joint fundraiser for Three Rivers Community Foundation and the Union Project, and I couldn’t have picked a better collaborator.
We hope that you’ll join us for what we hope will be the first of many Craftivist events in Pittsburgh!
Saturday, November 30, 2019
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
801 North Negley Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Visit the Facebook event page to see all the amazing crafters and groups joining us!
Anne E. Lynch
Three Rivers Community Foundation