Virginia Artisan Month


WHEREAS, Virginia’s artisans link past, present, and future as they reconcile “meaning” with “making” through traditional practices and innovations; and

WHEREAS the production and use of handmade arts and artisan agricultural goods invoke an intimate lifelong relationship of value and appreciation for the work of highly skilled individuals; and

WHEREAS, the culture of the Virginia artisan inspires appreciative audiences for its unique work and distinctive way of life; and

WHEREAS, Virginia currently hosts 27 community-connected and developing artisan trails representing 39 counties and 12 cities across the Commonwealth that are strengthening our economy through a connective community Artisan Trial Network; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia’s artisan industry comprises an estimated 4,500 businesses, such as individual studios, farms, aquaculture, art venues, and market venues; and

WHEREAS, artisan education research shows that the arts help to foster discipline, creativity, imagination, self-expression, and problem-solving skills while also helping to develop a heightened appreciation of beauty and cross-cultural understanding; and

WHEREAS, artisans and agricultural artisans are integrated into every aspect of life in Virginia -- strengthening the economy, enriching civic life, driving tourism, and exerting a profound positive influence on the education of our children;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize October 2015 as VIRGINIA ARTISAN MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.