Friday & Saturday
December 2 & 3
10 AM to 5 PM
Free to attend | All-ages
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Holiday Gifts That Give Back
Don’t miss the holiday giving event of the season! At the Discovery Center’s annual Giving Marketplace, you can support a good cause while shopping for everyone on your list.
Find unique gifts from dozens of vendors with the proceeds supporting immigrants and refugees, women and girls, global health, education, the environment, and much more. Enjoy family-friendly holiday activities and performances, then discover ways to take action on issues you care about.
Some of the vendors who will be joining us this year include:
BaMatooke Made: greeting cards that support small businesses and academic scholarships for women and children in Uganda.
Goodbye Malaria: every product is locally and ethically produced, uplifting and upskilling entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Your purchase helps their malaria elimination efforts in Southern Africa.
Refugee Artisan Initiative: upcycled and artisan hand-made ornaments, a variety of fleece items, kitchen goods and one of their best-selling mediums, upcycled coffee burlap bag items, designed and created by refugee and immigrant women from countries like Ukraine, Afghanistan, Myanmar, and Ethiopia in Seattle.
Ten Thousand Villages: purposeful goods and gifts crafted by hand for home and life, created by artisans in under-resourced communities.
PERFORMANCES & ACTIVITIES
Friday, Dec 2 | 10 am – 5 pm
Make a card to give during the holiday season Join staff from First Aid Arts to make a colorful card to give during the holiday season. Learn how they use the arts as a tool for mental and emotional health.
Friday, Dec 2 | 3 – 4 pm
Folks Project band members include pianist Darrius Willrich, drummer D’Vonne Lewis, and bassist Evan Flory-Barnes who are some of Seattle’s most in-demand musicians. Darrius Willrich is also the keyboardist for Grammy Award winner Digable Planets, touring the Americas and Europe performing at mega-festivals such as Pitchfork Music Festival, Sasquatch Music Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, and Essence Music Festival. Evan Flory-Barnes played bass on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s 2014 Grammy Award CD: “The Heist”. Folks Project released their debut critically-acclaimed album, Folks Project: “Live At The Triple Door” on February 12, 2020. It is available on all major music streaming platforms.
Saturday, Dec 3 | 11 am & 1 pm
Hear the award-winning Mountlake Terrace Highschool Jazz Band for two great performances.
Saturday, Dec 3 | 10 am – 5 pm
Recycled Jewelry Making by Janet Fagan. Learn how to make a beautiful, wearable gift for someone you love. All materials provided. Janet Fagan is a local artist that upcycles used bicycle parts and inner tubes into wearable art. She elevates these second-use materials by wedding them with sterling silver and natural fibers.
Wondering what to expect at Giving Marketplace? See our 2019 event:
2022 Vendor Preview
African Women Business Alliance
featuring: African Print Takeover, Hawo Arts,& SageSoul Beauty
Ajiri Tea Company
Bainbridge Arts & Crafts
Black Coffee Northwest
Cathedral Candles & Two Feet Project
First Aid Arts
Friends of the Seattle Public Library
Friends of the WPC Nepal
Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery
Path with Art
Refugee Artisan Initiative
Snow Leopard Trust
Ten Thousand Villages
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test is required for entry. Facemasks are encouraged.
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