Our History

 

What began as a vision to promote local arts and culture in 2008 has now evolved into a platform that engages and provides positive growth to the creative community. Founded by Angela Dione and Angel Guerra, Market Collective was among the first to bring an artist market to Calgary that met the demands of growing entrepreneurs. Our first market was held in the historic Carpenter’s Union Hall in Kensington, and we have now occupied many unique spaces across the city’s landscape. 

To date, Market Collective has worked with thousands of local creatives, ensuring that these artists keep 100% of sales as a sustainable support for their practices and small businesses. The team currently consists of 12 unique individuals who work together to provide a piece of cultural identity for the city of Calgary. 

To check out our 2016 Year in Review, click here.

 

Mission + Vision

 

Market Collective exists to showcase the works of artists, artisans, designers, and musicians and to strengthen the community of Calgary.We strive to provide a successful platform for local creatives and to host events and initiatives that are inclusive, multi-generational, warm and engaging. 

Market Collective invites the collaboration of other organizations to further support and encourage the city within a community-building structure. We strive towards creating a space where Calgarians can support local purchasing, strengthen community ties, and be exposed to the talent and artistic drive that Calgary holds.

Since the beginning we have always stayed true to our passion - Community building through the arts. 

 

What We Do

 

Market Collective is more than an event - it’s a community. Throughout the year we host vibrant events and initiatives to offer our visitors a memorable experience, while providing a collaborative and engaging environment for artists to share and sell their work. At each Market Collective you will find a curated group of artists and designers, live music and DJs, local food and beverage, an array of interactive features, and all around good times!

To further support the creative community, Market Collective also provides co-working spaces, extensive social promotion for artists and musicians, and DIY workshops throughout the year.  In addition to this, we also offer opportunities for community event promotion and have just launched MC Rentals, a small subsidiary company that supplies special event rentals at a community rate.

We look forward to seeing you at our next event!

 

Press

For press-related inquiries, please contact media@marketcollective.ca