You may apply to become a juried member of The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania at any time of year. However, jury decisions are made twice annually; you may choose between two membership cycles:
submission deadline: third Monday in March
jury decision: no later than the third Monday in April
If you missed the spring jury deadline you may register for the 2019 Fall Jury Review Session.
Jurying is required for Artisans (Visual, Food & Craft) and Creative Service Partners. This jury session is only for Creative Service Partners, if you are applying as an Artisan please register for your unique jury session here.
Jury panels, made up of professionals from relevant fields, will decide about acceptance into the program after reviewing your application materials, including the required images and the information you complete when registering for the jury session.
Renewing members must undergo jurying at least once every five years.
Creative Service Partners’ applications and related images are evaluated on artistic/technical merit (80 percent) and marketability (20 percent).
You may read more about the Jury process here.
If you missed the spring jury deadline you may register for the 2018 Fall Jury Review Session.
Jurying is required for Artisans (Visual, Food & Craft) and Creative Service Partners. This jury session is only for Artisans, if you are applying as a Creative Service Partner please register for your unique jury session here.
Jury panels, made up of professionals from relevant fields, will decide about acceptance into the program after reviewing your application materials, including the required images and the information you complete when registering for the jury session. For a variety of reasons, tasting is unfortunately not a required part of the review of food items. Only in rare cases might juries request food samples.
Artists’ applications and related images are evaluated on artistic merit (70 percent), marketability (20 percent) and design/material sourcing (10 percent).
Juries for artisan food producers, craft artists and local eateries focus first on local aspects such as ingredient/material sourcing (40 percent), followed by aesthetics & technique (30 percent), presentation and marketability (20 percent) and value-added features (10 percent).
USING THE PA WILDS LOGO : Licensing Program Summary
The PA Wilds Licensing Program provides a way for businesses and organizations to apply to use the PA Wilds logo on saleable and non-saleable products to help them leverage their business and community development efforts.
TYPES OF USES
There are two main types of logo uses:
Non-Saleable Uses include using the logo on business or event websites,banners, rack cards, signage and other marketing materials not sold in the marketplace. There is no cost for this type of use but a one-page application is required. Approval takes about one week, the application can be found here.
Saleable Uses include using the logo on t-shirts, hats and other merchandise to be sold to customers. These types of uses require a contract and membership in The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania.
A standard royalty is collected: 9% on wholesale or 4.5% retail. Royalties go to support the work of the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, a regional non-profit dedicated to growing the region’s nature and heritage tourism industry.
Businesses, organizations and individuals serving the Pennsylvania Wilds region may apply to use the logo on saleable or non-saleable items. All participants must adhere to the standards defined in the PA Wilds Brand Book.
HOW TO APPLY
The application for non-saleable logo uses can be found by visiting here.
Continue with this application to apply for saleable use of the PA Wilds logo.
The PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship welcomes the opportunity to meet with companies exploring saleable uses of the PA Wilds logo. Contact us today to learn more about the logo property, to discuss ideas or talk next steps.
The PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. and Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania are proud to announce that the Creative Makers of the Pennsylvania Wilds – A Traveling Public Art Show will be featured in the Capitol Building East Wing Gallery from March 8-28, 2019.
A closing reception for the exhibit will be held on Wednesday, March 27, from 1 to 4 p.m. The public is welcome to attend; however, registration is requested.
The Creative Makers of the PA Wilds Exhibit celebrates the artisans and producers of rural Pennsylvania by bringing processes that are often completed behind the scenes, in the rolling hills of the Wilds, to public spaces.
“This show now features nearly 200 images of 49 artisans, including painters, photographers, jewelry and fiber artisans, as well as woodworkers and glass artists. When combined in one space, the exhibit showcases the breadth of skill and talent in the Pennsylvania Wilds, while also demonstrating the processes behind a finished product,” explained Abbi Peters, managing director of the PA Wilds Center.
Artisans featured in the exhibit are juried artisan members of the Wilds Cooperative of PA (WCO), a value chain network managed by the PA Wilds Center.
“The Pennsylvania Wilds region covers about 25 percent of the Commonwealth, but only about 4 percent of the population calls it home. A while back, it became a mission of the PA Wilds Center and the WCO to help share the stories of the artisans and makers, as well as how they create their products,” Peters explained. “This is what led to the Creative Makers of the PA Wilds - A Traveling Public Art Show.”
The exhibit features artisans from each of the 13 counties encompassed in the Pennsylvania Wilds region, including: Warren, Forest, Elk, Potter, McKean, Tioga, Clinton, Lycoming, Clearfield, Jefferson, Cameron, Clarion and Northern Centre.
The Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) has supported this project for the past two years, helping the PA Wilds Center contract with four photographers from the region to document creative makers. So far, the show has been exhibited in five public spaces across the PA Wilds. The Capitol exhibit will be the first time it has been shown outside of the region.
Details about the Creative Makers of the PA Wilds Exhibit, registration for the closing reception, and how to bring the show to a gallery near you, can be found at www.wildscopa.org/creative-makers.
When: Saturday, June 15 (Rain or shine)
Where: Kinzua Bridge State Park
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Set up begins at: 8 a.m. and your booth must be ready by 9 a.m.
Fee: $20 non-refundable fee per vendor/organization: includes approximate 10X10 space (large enough for a pop-up canopy) and on-site parking
Registration closes May 20
This event registration is for Wilds Cooperative members only.
This event is open to the public.
The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania boasts many artisans, creative services, and host sites that provide several all-natural products, services that promote physical wellness, and offerings that connect people with nature. Connecting the community with these resources is the mission of the PA Wilds Conservation Shop Wellness in The Wilds event which will be held on Saturday, June 15.
There are so many destinations that are in your backyard that you may not know about, whether you’re up for an adventure or relaxation. Is there a place to rent kayaks for a day on the river? Where can you go for a weekend getaway to unwind? Some of the best places to visit are not always the easiest to find, but are worth the effort.
Living in the rural areas of the Pennsylvania Wilds, it’s not always easy to find products that are both good for you and good for the environment. Where does one begin to look? Is what you’re buying online truly what you’re looking for? Can the average person justify the higher price tags that many companies are charging for healthier products? There are people in your community who would like to try to be healthier and use more environmentally friendly products, but feel those options may be out of their reach. You have a passion and a product that you can share with others and show them a healthy lifestyle is something they can achieve.
With over 30,000 visitors to the center last June, this event is a great opportunity for the community to get an introduction to your services or products, see the process by which you create your products, and build a lasting relationship with you.
Please be a part of the PA Wilds Conservation Shop Wellness in The Wilds event. Share your knowledge during a day filled with natural products, demonstrations, and education where you can make a difference.
The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania is accepting applications for wholesale suppliers to stock the 300 sq. ft gift shop at the new Kinzua Bridge State Park Visitor Center. To be considered applicants must meet eligibility requirements:
We will be buying inventory (no consignment) to stock the gift shop and preference will be given to vendors that can extend Net 30 terms.
Wilds Cooperative Members.Vendors must be Juried Artisans or Creative Service partners in good standing. Not a member? For info on how to join visit The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania.
Wholesale Pricing.Vendors must create work that can be reproduced and sold in quantities of 20 or more and offer wholesale pricing (we use keystone pricing to calculate our retail pricing). Selected vendors will be invited to submit this information in digital form via a buyers' pack.
You can read more about the opportunity here.
As you fill out the application please be sure to complete all of the fields with as much description as possible. We may not be familiar with your work and this is the time to let us know what and how you make your products.