The online Guelph Market local artisans and vendors is now offering residents local pickup of handmade goods, working to amplify BIPOC and marginalized artists.
In a news release, Guelph Market planned to bring local artists together at Silence Guelph. When COVID-19 shut that down, market creator and owner Brian Kwok created a brand-new website for these artists.
“We’ve worked really hard,” said Kwok in the news release. “We’ve been reaching out and searching for artists who want to bring their art to our community, but feel they are too small to compete in the big business world of Etsy or Amazon.
“A cornerstone of Guelph Market’s mandate is to amplify the voices and work of BIPOC and marginalized artists” said Kwok, “it’s important to know that the stories and voices of these artists in our community are incredible. This kind of platform gives me the opportunity to help promote these artists, their creativity and their stories."
Guelphmarket.com is also excited to announce a new speciality tab on the homepage highlighting charitable products. These will all be products from individual artists with a majority of proceeds going to local organizations.
“We’re so happy to be able to give back” said Kwok, “by offering charitable products, we’re not only helping local artists and creators get paid for their art, but we’re also putting money back into our community."
Are you a local business, artist or vendor who identifies as BIPOC or from a marginalized community? Guelphmarket.com is taking applications.
Hit the apply button on the front page to answer a questionnaire prior to being accepted. Kwok is thrilled to be able to offer access to discounted business consultation services, tailored specifically to their needs, and level of involvement in their day to day operations.