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Shopping, networking event rings in holidays

Nov. 24, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

INSTITUTE, W.Va. -- Do your holiday shopping with local artisans and entrepreneurs at "Creators Under the Tree" from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at West Virginia State University's Economic Development Center (EDC).

The event is part of the Creators Program, a workshop series focusing on Arts initiatives related to the state's creative economy sector.

"This event is a first for the Creators Program, and we're very excited about ringing in the holiday season with a celebration of local talent," Jenny Fertig, program leader for Community and Economic Development with WVSU Extension Service, said in a release. "This is a perfect opportunity to support local business while marking a few gifts off the holiday shopping list."

The Arts Council of Kanawha Valley will have its Arts Social during the event, a networking opportunity for the creative entrepreneurs. Local authors and music artists will be on hand to discuss, sign and sell copies of their work.

"The creators participating in this event aren't just talking about making things happen; these are real entrepreneurs doing it for themselves," Eric Douglas, a Charleston-based author who teaches workshops on self-publishing for the Creators Program, said in a release. Douglas will be selling copies of his novels during the event. "We're bringing our wares together to make your Christmas shopping easier."

The Creators Program is a spinoff of WVSU's DigiSo initiative, a digital and social media incubator based out of the EDC. Recent workshops have focused on filmmaking, production, writing, music and other topics taught by local professionals. Workshops will continue through the spring.

There is no cost to attend Creators Under the Tree. More information is available on the DigiSo website at www.digiso.org. WVSU's EDC is located at 1506 Kanawha Boulevard West.