Kick Off Buy Local Month at the 30th Annual Holiday Artisans Market.

This post guest written by LFA Intern Lorena Contreras artisansfestival2Mark your calendars, because Tucson’s Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Local First Arizona Founder Kimber Lanning will be kicking off Local First Arizona’s Buy Local Month at the Tucson Museum of Art Holiday Artisans Market Saturday, November 21st at 11:45 am. Rothschild and Lanning will highlight Buy Local Month and the importance of all of us buying local for the holidays. We can all embrace the holiday season to make an impact with our shopping by supporting local businesses and artisans. Local First Arizona’s Buy Local Month celebrates importance of buying local for the holidays through a month long campaign all across Arizona. From November 27 to December 24, 2015, all Arizonans have an opportunity to give unique gifts to your loved ones while keeping money in the local economy to build vibrant communities.

artisansfestivalThe National Retail Federation estimates that American consumers will spend over $600 billion this holiday season. In 2015 holiday sales in the United States expect to increase 3.7% to $630 billion. That is a lot of money spend over one month! By mindfully spending those dollars we can give gifts to our loved ones and help sustain local economy. Lanning notes that “If everyone in a city the size of Tucson shifted just 10 percent of their spending from national to locally owned businesses, it would create an average of 132 million new dollars recirculating in the local economy, 1,600 brand-new jobs and $52 million in new local wages just in a single year.” ‘Tis the season to be local! That sounds like a triple win for your holiday shopping.

Buy Local Month is Local First Arizona’s month-long campaign to remind Arizonans to support our local businesses during the holiday season. The campaign features fun shopping events, highlights special offers from independent businesses, and much more. The best part is that you can be part of a state wide community that chooses local local first. Join us, other localists, local artist and musicians and help us kick off Buy Local Month with a lot of energy.

ArtisansMarket1All are welcome to this free public event to enjoy the artisans finely crafted pottery, glass, jewelry, textiles, fine art, and gift items. As well as festivities like food trucks and live music, on Saturday November 21 and Sunday November 22; Tucson Museum of Art Research Library will hold its book sale during Holiday Artisans Market in the Museum’s Education Center and much, much more!

The Holiday Artisans Market has been hosted by the Tucson Museum of Art for 30 years. The Holiday Artisans Market offers locals and visitors the opportunity to discover the Southwest’s best artisans during a weekend long event. From Friday November 20 to Sunday November 22, 2015. The Museum’s courtyards, lobby, and plaza will open the doors to welcome the public form 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with free admission.