Clay, Jewellery, Other

Enterprising Women Making Art

About the artist
Enterprising Women Making Art (EWMA) is a program of Atira Women's Resource Society. Atira is a not-for-profit organization that provides both residential and non residential programs to women and children who have been impacted by violence. EWMA was launched in 2003 as a development initiative of Atira. It has focused on supporting women in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside to work together to develop an alternative form of business or employment that is grounded in their needs and realities. The program is a self employment initiative for women impacted by violence who face significant barriers to traditional employment and who seek safe, income-generating opportunities free from exploitation, abuse or other vulnerabilities. Blending art, community and social entrepreneurship, EWMA works with emerging women Artists and Artisans in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside to participate in a democratic and equitable social enterprise that coordinates the pooling of resources to produce and market women's visual art and handmade products, as well as focuses on building women’s capacities and knowledge, and increasing their access to lucrative markets and sales. This program will strengthen and foster women’s full and equal participation in the community and economy. EWMA is a community-based initiative that works with and celebrates the talents of its participants, contributes to their community, and supports their personal and economic empowerment.
802 East Hastings
Vancouver , BC