IMPACT & MISSION
our commitment to equity:
At Urban Craft Uprising, we believe in the power of creating diverse events that serve a wide range of makers and attendees. We are Seattle’s Largest Indie Craft Maker Event, which would not be possible without the vibrant and diverse community that we serve.
We acknowledge that not all makers start on an equal playing field and we strive to create an empowering and fair experience for all makers, regardless of their age, race, sexual orientation, citizenship status, gender identity or disability status.
Learn more about our company mission here.
What inclusion means to us:
At Urban Craft Uprising, inclusion means that we strive to create an open and welcoming environment for all new and existing makers. We believe in the power of belonging and we want attendees to interact with a diverse group of makers. We also strive to make this a safe and comfortable experience for both our vendors and our shoppers.
Policies for BIPOC makers:
We understand that historic inequities have led to less access for people with marginalized identities inside of the craft community. Urban Craft Uprising is a competitive event with hundreds of applicants for each event, but we always strive for an equitable jury process and inclusive event practices.
How we are creating equitable and inclusive events at UCU*:
- BIPOC makers are juried first, ahead of the rest of the pool
- If BIPOC makers are not accepted into the show, we offer a free consultation to help improve your application and become a strong candidate for further events. Our events our highly competitive, so please apply again! If you would like to request a consultation, please email us at email@example.com.
*We understand that race/ethnicity is not the only measurement of diversity and we are working on expanding our policies to include more marginalized identities.
Are you a BIPOC maker who would like to apply for our next event? Click here to be considered.
Our DEI Vision:
While we have started to make strides towards more equitable events, we know that we are just starting on the journey towards becoming an anti-racist and equitable organization.
Here is how we are planning to make an impact in the next 12 months:
- Partnering with Business Impact Northwest to create a scholarship fund and additional free programming in 2023.
- Planning on teaching some classes with BINW and hosting our own
- Offering reduced booth fees and scholarships for emerging businesses through our Greenhouse Program.
- Continuing to invest in makers with marginalized identities and diverse backgrounds
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the process to apply as a BIPOC maker?
BIPOC Makers can apply via the application right here. Please indicate that you identify as BIPOC and we will be able to prioritize jurying your application first.
Do you offer scholarships?
Yes! Please see our Greenhouse Program for more information.
What if I don't get approved for the event?
For BIPOC makers, we offer a free consultation to help you improve your application and become a strong candidate for further events. You can reach out about that opportunity at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our events our highly competitive, so please apply again!
Is it an unfair advantage to give BIPOC makers more benefits?
We are committed to racial equity and truly believe that more BIPOC makers should be included in our events. We do not see it as a handout or unfair advantage, but instead as an opportunity for BIPOC makers to have every opportunity to be seen and valued while participating in our events.