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Artists and Innovators
Celebrating Maker Ingenuity in the San Juans

Island Goods 
Online Auction
October 10th-31st

MAKERS INVITED
Entries Due Sept 1st

A benefit for the San Juan Islands Agriculture Guild's 
farm and food promotion programs



Celebrate your favorite Island 
Experiences through the 
online Auction! 

 Island artist and artisans' work, farm tours, great local food, special gifts, and engaging cultural and outdoor experiences will be for sale in a lively online auction with proceeds directly benefitting local makers and businesses
- plus - a top Auction highlight is a special collection of premium fundraiser items donated to help raise urgently needed funds for the Ag Guild's 2020 programs.

MAKERS: If you have a product, service or work of art to donate to the Ag Guild Auction - or may want to sell direct through the auction to a regional audience base - please
email sjmg@sanjuanmakersguild.com
to request seller and donor enrollment materials.

Deadline for submitting work is Sept. 1st 


Orcasong Farm Botanicals, Crow Valley 

Why Participate?

Farms, Food & Cultural Arts are the San Juan Island's community strengths - come lend a hand, make a donation, raise a paddle to donate to a special program, and show your support at the Island Goods Auction. 

This online auction is a fun and safe way to support the future of farms, food and the arts in the San Juan Islands. 

Sister organizations including the San Juan Arts Council, Island Grown, SJI Food Hub, San Juan County Conservation District, and San Juan Makers Guild are joining in for this fun event to celebrate and perpetuate Farms, Food and the Cultural Arts!
 



Makers Grant Award News


Felt + Ceramics Gallery, Eastsound WA

We are pleased to announce that the Makers Guild is the beneficiary of a new USDA-funded Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) that invests in a project to conduct three valuable research and development activities in San Juan County, 2020-2021.
  • The first activity is an Asset Mapping project to learn who the Island Makers are, what they produce - in all fields - and the materials and facilities they use.
  • Next, the project will conduct a county-wide Needs Assessment to learn what services, tools, facilities, materials, training, marketing and business development activities can help foster Maker enterprises.
  • This $40,000 grant is the first step towards developing a robust Guild that serves all Makers in San Juan County and gives our Makers a voice in developing a sustainable economy.
  • The culmination of the RBDG project is a San Juan Makers Market Plan to identify and forecast opportunities to expand into regional or national markets, and to leverage services and resources at reduced costs when provided to Guild members as a group.
The Guild team will be working with farm, food, arts, design, economic, manufacturing and technology businesses and organizations in the coming months. 

We look forward to many fascinating conversations as we gather the information needed to capture a picture of current and future Maker enterprise needs and opportunities.

For more information about the RBDG project, email sjmg@sanjuanmakersguild.com
or call 360-842-3573.


Two Hands Furniture, Westsound 


Stronger Together,
in all ways and times




Good News

New Guild web site offers a free introductory Makers Directory listing and promotion

Island Goods Online Auction coming up in October

Our first community economic development grant 
is awarded!

Big Thanks

Our thanks to Washington USDA Rural Development for kickstart support for the San Juan Makers Guild.

We are honored to be the 2020 community-based grant recipient for the North Salish Sea region.

 


New Makers Website Under Construction

To request a listing, email
sjmg@sanjuanmakersguild.com

We are excited to share the new web site in development 
this summer.

Structured a bit like a Madronna with a main trunk that branches off to support multiple limbs, the core mission of the web site is to offer:

1. Services that support Maker Members and the Maker Community

2. Resources that engage public interest and build audience engagement.

Click through to see the new Makers Guild web site as we build it out to serve Makers across all creative industries.

Thanks to support from the USDA RBDG grant, the Guild is offering the first year Member Listing at no cost to San Juan County small business Makers.




Meet Island
Makers

Blacksmith Sculpture by Zackarya Leck
Eastsound, WA


Island Thyme botanical body care, Eastsound and Olga WA


Girl Meets Dirt, Eastound WA


San Juan Distillery, Roche Harbor, WA

San Juan Makers are creative, tenacious and determined!

 

The San Juan Makers Guild is a county-wide non-profit organization providing professional development and marketing services to Island Makers.         
Founded 2019