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Partnering For A Better Community
The Arte Mercado Partnership is built on the shared commitment of Piece by Piece and Esperanza Community Housing to uplift the local community through the arts. The partners recognize that the celebration of culture and creative industry are key to creating vibrant, sustainable communities.
Piece by Piece instructors work with residents of South Los Angeles to create marketable mosaics for the Mercado La Paloma public market. The Gallery will provide retail space within the Mercado to support the creative advancement of low-income residents and bolster economic activity in the Mercado and throughout the community.
The Arte Mercado Partnership establishes a strategy for promoting the entrepreneurial development of Artisans while promoting creative economy within the Mercado and throughout a corridor where needs are great. Serving residents of South Central Los Angeles and Skid Row, the project promotes artistic excellence and entrepreneurial opportunity while celebrating the talent and cultural diversity that is abundant in our community.
Arte Mercado Partnership Activities
Piece by Piece offers local residents opportunities for growth through arts learning. Workshops help participants professionalize art skills through study in the mosaic discipline. Piece by Piece Artisans consign their art and earn proceeds upon sale. Artisans gain employment upon joining professional teams fulfilling orders for the PieceShop line of high-quality mosaic wares and for completing commissions on every scale, including public art.
Piece by Piece Studio Prep Associates gain employment and work experience in their role managing donated mosaic supplies. Positions are filled by formerly-homeless women facing challenges to employment. The Arte Mercado Partnership provides new opportunities for Associates to learn job skills in customer service and retail operations.
Esperanza's Promotores Program is a premiere model for activating residents to address pressing community-wide health concerns. As health educators, Promotores serve a fundamental role in promoting improved wellness. The Arte Mercado Gallery space will serve as an informational hub for residents seeking health information and referral, staffed by Promotores completing internship hours.
Arte Mercado Partnership, in its entirety, provides creative space for all to explore and connect, promoting vibrant community and increased opportunity for wellness, learning, earning and jobs.
Arte Mercado Gallery is a mosiac art marketplace, informational hub for the community, professional development site for Artisans, and workforce development site for both Studio Prep Associates training for jobs in retail and Promotores fulfilling internships as Health Promoters.
The Arte Mercado Calendar sponsors an ongoing series of cultural happenings, family-oriented activities and exhibition or performance events, serving as an arts & culture resource to the entire community and building patronage for restauranteurs and other merchants within the Mercado.
Support Creative Economy! Shop Arte Mercado Gallery at Mercado La Paloma and on-line at thepieceshop.com. Order gifts and table decor in quantity for your event or business needs. Sign up for the Arte Mercado Calendar and attend exhibition and cultural happenings in the Mercado. Enroll for Piece by Piece learning workshop program to learn marketable skills. Volunteer!
Art in Community benefits all! To learn more about the Arte Mercado Partnership and how you may become involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 213.683.0522 x601