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  • The Economic Impact of the Craft Industry in Western North Carolina, 2008

    The purpose of this research was to replicate and extend the 1995 HandMade in America study: The Determination of the Economic Contribution of the Craft/Handmade Industry in Western North Carolina. The 1995 study estimated the economic impact of the craft industry to be $122,000,000 in a twenty county region of Western North Carolina (WNC). The 2008 study includes the 25 counties of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area (BRNHA) designated by Congress in 2003, with “Craft” one of five core themes of the BRNHA.

    The craft consumer sample reported a higher level of income and was more highly educated than the U.S. general population and the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area visitors (2006). The craft consumers were largely female and older than the U.S. general population and slightly older than the sample of visitors to the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area (2006). Finally, the craft consumers originated from 38 states, Washington, D.C., Canada, and Mexico. Key craft consumer markets include North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee, especially urban areas such as Atlanta, GA, Columbia, SC, Raleigh and Charlotte, NC, and Knoxville, TN.

    Craft Industry Economic Impact Report 2008 (PDF)

    Craft Industry Economic Impact Report, 1995-2007

    Craft is a significant economic generator for Western North Carolina through entrepreneurial small businesses of makers, craft-associated retail, the real estate value of creative class businesses, and as a cultural tourism attraction. Today’s craft industry is dynamic founded in the heritage and appreciation of traditional crafts of the region. Craft was seen as a economic generator as early as 1897 with the establishment of Allanstand Cottage Industries, founded to improve the subsistence income by training and marketing the work of traditional weavers, basketmakers and woodworkers. Today Western North Carolina has the highest concentration of working studio craft artists in the country. They are recognized nationally for the quality of their work. The craft industry has demonstrated considerable serious implications for economic development throughout the region, from small rural towns to urban Asheville.

    Craft Industry Economic Impact Report 1995 (PDF)


    Artspace Survey Launch: Counting Asheville Artists & Creatives for Affordable Housing Solutions

    The Center for Craft and Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the launch of a comprehensive community outreach campaign and survey to quantify affordable housing and space options for Asheville’s artists, makers, performers and creatives. The Arts Market Survey, with a tagline of “Keep Asheville Creative,” is the next step to addressing community need as part of a bigger project to develop live/work, mixed-use-model development for the creative sector in Asheville.


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