EWI’s Marketplace Program provides artist and artisan graduates of EWI’s programs with the opportunity to present, exhibit, and sell their work to the public. It includes being featured on EWI’s online store, presenting at home parties, at community festivals, and partnerships with Whole Foods Market (one of EWI’s retail partners). Participants in the program produce and sell jewelry designs, fashion accessories, home decor, stationary, fine art, among other products.
This program presents our graduates with a way to test and market their products, practice their business skills, and generate supplemental income to support their goals and empower their families.
EWI provides the know-how, training and materials, and the artists contribute the labor and their own creative thought-process. In this case, the artists are being paid by product or per hour based on terms agreed upon the organization and the artist.
There is also a selected community of “support artists” who are not graduates of EWI programs but who sell their work through the Marketplace Program as a way to support EWI’s mission, increase its outreach, and build collaboration and cultural exchange between artists and the community.
The Marketplace program is self-funded through the sale of products made by our graduates and supporting artists.