for Mixed Media Event 2017, hosted for the first time by the Association For
Creative Industries (AFCI) in conjunction with Sierra Pacific Crafts (SPC), is
open. The event will feature one day of hands-on education and a two and a half
day trade show for independent retailers, and will take place July 17-20, 2017 at
the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
is a busy time for retailers planning their holiday merchandising, which
creates a need for a mid-year buying event,” said Keli Bell-Cole, CMP, Director
of Events, AFCI. “While other industries are taking summer vacations, ours is
focused on preparing for successful fourth quarter sales. Our Mixed Media Event
will enable retailers to find products that will sell and help them achieve
their sales goal.”
education schedule includes 14 workshops sponsored by Art Impressions, BoBunny,
Ellison/Sizzix, Foundations Décor, Graphic 45, Hampton Art, Hero Arts, Imagine
Crafts, Lawn Fawn, Lindy’s Stamp Gang, Prima Marketing Inc., and Simple Stories.
Workshops will focus on demonstrating popular products, techniques and trends
in mixed media, including but not limited to planners and journals, wood
crafts, home décor, paints, stamps, and card making.
expect to see an increase in consumer participation in all craft categories
over the next 12 months, which could translate to an increase in consumer spend
on craft products during the 2017 holiday season,” said Mark Hill,
President & CEO, AFCI.
creative industry suppliers are already signed up to exhibit. The trade show
will be open on July 18-19 from 9:00am-5:00pm and on July 20 from
registration will be open through June 30. Registration for entry is free for
AFCI members and SPC members. The cost to attend for non-member retailers is
$30 through June 30 and $35 for non-member retailers who register on-site.
more information and to register, visit www.afci.global
. For exhibiting and
sponsorship information, companies should contact Nadine Schwartz, Director of
Sales & Sponsorships, firstname.lastname@example.org
or (201) 835-1203.
ASSOCIATION FOR CREATIVE INDUSTRIES
The Association For Creative Industries (AFCI) is the premier
trade association for the global creative arts products industries. AFCI
strives to deliver innovative high value services as we support our Members who
provide products and services to educate, entertain, and inspire creative
consumers. Our Members include the manufacturers, retailers, distributors,
designers, educators, digital content providers, professional makers and
DIYers, and other creative professionals that comprise the $40 billion+
creative arts industries around the globe. For more information about AFCI,
membership, or its annual Creativation trade event, visit www.afci.global
SPC (formerly Sierra Pacific Crafts)
began informally 40 years ago when two retail stores in Washington started
working together. SPC now serves more than 60 independent member stores who
represent nearly 1 million square feet of retail space and 150 million dollars
in retail sales. A.C. Moore, a family-owned chain of 140 craft stores, is also
part of SPC’s community. For more information, visit www.spc.us