Giving Compass’ Take:
• Pansy is a marketplace and center that supports the LGBTQIA maker community in Kansas City.
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Pansy is Kansas City’s first and only marketplace, and soon to be community center and for-rent art studios, focusing on the LGBTQIA+ community. Pansy officially launched its online store, which offers Pansy-branded and select merchandise designed by LGBTQIA+ artists from around the world.
The primary goal of Pansy’s online store is to raise funds for a permanent location. The eventual brick-and-mortar store will offer a variety of goods created by LGBTQIA+ makers and artists.
Kansas City, as well as many other cities in America have a great focus on small business and local makers, however, there is currently not many efforts to highlight the LGBTQIA+ community or the work of LGBTQIA+ artists and makers. Pansy will give these artists a safe and affordable space to make and sell their work.
In addition to a marketplace and art studios, Pansy will offer a community center where there will be events focused on LGBTQIA+ topics. Events will include lectures, classes, and mindfulness exercises, among other things.
Read the full article about LGBTQIA maker community at Causeartist.
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