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    • January 27, 2017
    • May 19, 2017
    • 11:30 PM
    • Elk Country Visitor Center, 134 Homestead Drive Benezette PA, 15821

    Arts Fest Registration For MEMBERS

    Registration is now open for visual, craft, food and beverage artisans as well as Host Sites with production abilities (breweries, wineries, distilleries, etc) to apply to display and sell their wares and goods at the 2017 PA Wilds Arts Fest held June 10 and 11 at the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette. You cam learn more about the 2017 Arts Fest event here.   

    Current members of The Wilds Cooperative  will use this form to register and receive immediate acceptance to exhibit at the 2017 event.  

    Non-member artisans and businesses are welcome and invited to apply here

    • January 30, 2017
    • May 19, 2017
    • 11:30 PM
    • Elk Country Visitor Center, 134 Homestead Drive, Benezette, PA 15821

    PA Wilds Arts Fest Application

    Applications are now being accepted for visual, craft, food and beverage artisans to exhibit and sell their wares and goods at the 2017 PA Wilds Arts Fest held June 10 and 11 at the Elk Country Visitors Center in Benezette. You cam learn more about the 2017 Arts Fest event and review criteria for exhibitor acceptance here.   

    Non-members  of The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania are welcome and invited to apply using this form.  Your goods and booth set up will be reviewed before acceptance to present at the event.  The festival committee will conduct an application review in May and will have final say if a vendor will be accepted to show during the event. All applicants will be notified by the end of May of their acceptance or denial to exhibit. 

    Current members of The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania have a different application and can apply here

    • April 07, 2017
    • September 18, 2017
    • 11:30 PM
    • virtual

    2017 Fall Jury Review Session

    You may apply to become a juried member of The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania  at any time of year. However, jury decisions are made twice annually; you may choose between two membership cycles:

    • Fall Membership

      • submission deadline:  third Monday in September

      • jury decision: no later than the third Monday in October

      • membership year:  November 1 (current year) - October 31 (following year)

      If you missed the fall jury deadline you may register for the Spring  2018 Jury Review Session.

    Jurying is required for Artisans (Visual, Food & Craft) and Creative Service Partners. 

    Jury panels, made up of professionals from relevant fields, will decide about acceptance into the program after reviewing your application materials, including the required images and the information you complete when registering for the jury session. For a variety of reasons, tasting is unfortunately not a required part of the review of food items.  Only in rare cases might juries request food samples.

    Renewing members must undergo jurying at least once every five years.

    Juries are convened twice yearly to evaluate applications and images, complete scoring sheets, and write comments designed to be helpful in marketing or promotion, or further improvement.  Read our Membership Guidelines here to review the membership types, benefits and also more details about decision criteria. 


    DECISION CRITERIA

    Artists’ applications and related images are evaluated on artistic merit (70 percent), marketability (20 percent) and design/material sourcing (10 percent).

    Juries for artisan food producers, craft artists and local eateries focus first on local aspects such as ingredient/material sourcing (40 percent), followed by aesthetics & technique (30 percent), presentation and marketability (20 percent) and value-added features (10 percent).

    You may read more about the Jury process here.

The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania is a program of the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, a regional non-profit. Find them online at facebook.com/pawildsTreps or Twitter @pawildsTreps

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