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Holiday Gift Marketplace: Let Us Highlight Your Creations

For the week of December 9-13 we will be hosting an online holiday gift marketplace – a site for people looking for gifts for any wintertide holiday (Christmas, Kwanzaa, belated Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Milad un Nabi, Festivus? New Year’s Baby? Winter Wedding? ... or just because).

We want to create a collage or cornucopia of products/services on our website highlighting the diversity of talent across Atlantic Canada. 

If you have artwork, crafts, albums/records, books, jewellery, tickets to performances, preserves, gift certificates for a local restaurant and more—also if you are an arts/culture-related charity/non-profit where people can make donations as gifts—we’d like to share it in our online agora.

If you are interested:
·         E-mail
·         Type “Holiday Gift Marketplace” in the subject line
·         Include
o   1-2 sentences describing the gift
o   An image and website link (if available)
o   Indicate how the gift can be purchased (i.e. online and/or in person at a particular address).

We’ll collect submissions until December 6th-ish.

There is NO COST to promote your gift ideas.

We are also looking for donations to reward the writers (based in Halifax, Charlottetown, Moncton and Sussex) who contributed to Arts East this year. Currently Arts East is completely volunteer-run and we’ve really appreciated those writers who have contributed. If you have a small gift certificate or gift that you think would bring a smile to a writer’s (passionate about the arts) face, we’d love to hear from you:
(If you’d like to make a donation, we can also give a shout out to your business on our site).

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