The Maker’s Mart and Recently Launched Maker’s Program Support Artists of Color in St. Louis

Shayba Muhammad, the St. Louis designer and metalsmith behind jewelry brand Mahnal, also founded The Maker’s Mart and The Maker’s Program. Both programs seek to uplift Black and Latino artists in St. Louis, as more often than not, racial disparities found amidst business owners are due to lack of access to resources. It’s a problem Muhammad has long wanted to address, now made possible through The Maker’s Program.

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“The mission of The Makers Program is to equip Black and Latino artists with the resources, guidance and tools they need to build scalable, product-based businesses,” Muhammad shared. “The idea is to create pathways that add to the growth and innovation of our blooming startup space in St. Louis. Everyone wins.”

The 12-week intensive workshop focuses on a different area of creative business development each week, tackling topics like how to approach branding, legal issues, marketing, pricing, raising capital, networking and more, for artists who are just beginning to develop and understand their creative identities. Once the crash course in artisan entrepreneurship is complete, participants come away with a much more grounded approach to starting their own business, and it becomes a feat they can fully pull off.

The Maker’s Program is currently taking applications for the next round of workshops.

Images courtesy of The Maker’s Mart.

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