Made in Baltimore
Making over dark and unfriendly sidewalks, with help from its residents.
The Made in Baltimore pop up shop was created as an initiative of the Industrial Arts Collective to promote design and manufacturing in Baltimore, a city that does not have in place a significant structural support system for design.
In addition to being a store, the project also acted as a showroom and programming space to introduce our 75 Baltimore design manufacturers to area architecture firms, interior design firms and institutional buyers to promote large scale local purchasing. Many vendors elected to volunteer shifts in the store or help assemble store displays, solidifying a sense of community and promoting collaborations. A Made in Baltimore logo was created for any Baltimore manufacturer’s use to help educate consumers about local manufacturing.
Over 21 days, the store netted $20,000 in vendor profits, 2,200 visitors, numerous contracted projects initiated by store visitors and approximately 110 supported jobs. We are now establishing a showroom for furniture designers, are working on a marketing campaign to further promote our members and are meeting with politicians to discuss public policy.(2015)