Syracuse, NY — In partnership with The McCarthy Mercantile, the Creators Lounge and Black Artist Collective will host the Black Creatives & Culture Market, March 20-21, from Noon to 5 p.m. EST. The weekend-long event features 10 Black creatives and Black-owned businesses, including All Things Lushious, Amaranth Press & Bindery, The Black Citizens Brigade Vtng. Co., Cocoa’s Candles, ThasRed Home Decor, 210 Teas, Mastermind Clothing, Gypsy Freedom, Me by Mel Eiland, Designs by Suli and more! We are all about a HEALTHY COMMUNITY PLEDGE. Hand sanitizer will be on tap throughout the venue and at individual vendor booths.
Mask wearing is also a must at The McCarthy Mercantile. Traffic will be monitored to stay within the federal and county-wide mandates. An air filtration system has also been installed in the venue to ensure vendors’ and shoppers’ safety. The McCarthy Mercantile is located at 217 1/2 S. Salina Street in downtown Syracuse, NY 13202. Enter through Wildflowers Armory on Fayette Side. Metered parking is available on West Fayette and Salina Street.
The Market is a collaboration between The Creators Lounge, a members only co-working space working to expand networking and economic development opportunities for people from diverse creative industries and backgrounds and The Black Artist Collective, a Syracuse-based organization that endeavors to play an essential role in the lives of emerging and established Black and Brown artists by cultivating networks and amplifying the talents of its richly diverse membership. Both are working on a variety of projects to bridge the gap between the creative and the consumer!
“Although you should always support Black artists, entrepreneurs, and artisans, it’s especially important now as Black-owned businesses have been hit hard during the pandemic. Black History is American History that we should celebrate every month. At the McCarthy Mercantile, we strive to reflect the diversity of our community – both artists and audiences, while providing a welcoming space for creatives to connect with the public.”
The Black Creatives & Culture Market is a change-making initiative focused on amplifying the talents of Black and Brown artists, makers, and entrepreneurs. “There are many ways to fight systemic racial inequities,” said BAC co-founder Cjala Surratt, “one of which is committing to support Black-owned businesses in your area. By focusing your purchasing power, you’re helping strengthen local Black economies, empowering the community, and celebrating Black culture.
Jaleel Campbell, Sophisticated Lady, 2021