Joining the Wilds Cooperative will connect your business with other members and resources across the Pennsylvania Wilds.
Together, utilizing the Pennsylvania Wilds brand, we are growing our region's outdoor recreation, nature, and heritage tourism industries. This movement is doing great things to help revitalize our communities, and we're glad you’re interested in joining us.
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Creative individuals living and working in the counties of the Pennsylvania Wilds are encouraged to apply for membership in the Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania. Juried Artisans in the Cooperative are self-categorized. No matter what term you choose, it’s about the creative genius of residents who are passionate about what they create, who appreciate all things local, and who want to reach a broader audience.
There are two levels of Juried Artisans, Basic Membership and Professional Artisan, and three categories of artisans are eligible: visual, craft and food.
Basic Members are those who are admitted with a jury score between 100-300 - OR - those with a higher jury score who elect to enroll at this level. Professional Artisans are those who are admitted with a jury score above 301.
Whether working on a small canvas or the side of a building, the creative spirit and artistic output are what qualify artists in this category. If you primarily use materials sourced in the PA Wilds, and your art has practical or function value, you may opt to apply as a Craft Artist.
EXAMPLES: Painting, sculpting, photography, jewelry, fiber art, and more.
Artists who use materials found or grown in the region may choose to apply in this category, which is characterized by transforming material and capturing beauty, not only in visual appeal but also through form and function.
EXAMPLES: Folk art, wood carving, pottery, knit and crochet wearables, and more.
The nature and process of transformation are what qualify a food product for jury sessions. Examples: sap into syrup; milk into cheese; meat into sausage; fruit into jam, etc. The key factors are added value, scale of production, and technique or methods. These points of evaluation can reflect a special concern for quality or preservation of traditional ways. Food enterprises apply at the Artisan level unless classified by the state as Retail Food facilities.
EXAMPLES: Baked goods, sauces, candies and confections, cheeses, butters, teas, and more.