Global Marketplace

SUN, MAY 13 12–5 p.m.; MON, MAY 14 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Shop at the Global Marketplace in the museum’s Great Hall.

The Global Marketplace features jewelry, ceramics, personal accessories, and home decor created by women artisan groups living in emerging economies throughout the world. Exhibitors representing the craftswomen will also discuss the arts as a powerful vehicle of economic development.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, NMWA hosts its third annual Global Marketplace in conjunction with Passport DC.

The Global Marketplace is part of NMWA’s Empowering Women through Art initiative, and proceeds from the two-day event go directly to the women artisans. Countries represented include Cambodia, Ethiopia, Laos, Mexico, Peru, Swaziland, Turkey, Vietnam, and others.


2–2:45 p.m. Panel: Getting to Know the Artisans Behind the Products

  • Joan Shifrin, Co-founder Global Goods Partners
  • Susan Inglis, Founder From the Mountain
  • Bonnie Rubenstein, Washington Coordinator for Tchaka Haiti

Learn the stories of women artisans abroad and the changes they have realized through selling their products. The panel will discuss the impact of their art and entrepreneurial skills to promote sustainability in the context of artisan ventures.

3:30 p.m. Presentation: Reviewing the Process: Design, Development, Distribution

  • Patti Carpenter, International Product Design and Development Consultant

View a colorful presentation of a journey through emerging countries and review the process of product design with indigenous artisans. Explore some of the products that have been created cooperatively.




National Museum of Women in the Arts