Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Crafty Akron Coalition hosts Etsy Craft Party

Crafty Akron Coalition Meetup and Etsy Craft Party
by Brit Charek

Each year, Etsy, a website that provides a platform for everyday people to buy and sell handmade and vintage items, hosts a global craft party. That's right: Global. Crafters all around the world are getting together to craft and socialize tomorrow, June 20th.

This year’s theme focuses on using your creative powers to make your hometown even better.

For more information on Etsy’s Craft Party, check out this article:

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Locally, the global celebration of meeting and making will be at Jack Richards studio in Cuyahoga Falls from 7-10pm. It is hosted by the Crafty Akron Coalition, an Etsy team for crafters in the Greater Akron Area. All are welcome.

Local crafty lady Lauren Groves formed the Crafty Akron Coalition last fall in an attempt to provide networking opportunities for small businesses in the greater Akron area. "There were Etsy Street Teams in both Canton and Cleveland, but none in the Akron area," says Groves. "I think Akron is unique in it's own right and felt that we needed something in our community that would be relevant to our area."

Now the Crafty Akron Coalition are not just on Etsy, but they've also established a Facebook group in an attempt to get more people involved. Click here to check it out!

The theme of this year's party is "Craft for Community," and the focus of the event will be on supporting the local crafting community. This is the first time the online group has organized an in-person event, in hopes to serve as a way to brainstorm how to translate the online team into a real world community of support for each other. 

"My goals for the group are simple for the moment," says Groves. She wants to "establish a vibrant group of people invested in the local handmade community that can provide support to each other."

The Etsy Craft Party will take place at Jack Richard Studios in Cuyahoga Falls on Thursday June 20th from 7-10pm. It is free and open to the public. Click here to RSVP on Facebook. Did I mention there will be free craft supplies provided by Etsy?

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