Sharon Cooper-Murray, CEO of Haa’bis, has spent more than 25 years working to preserve the language and textile traditions of rural communities in South Carolina, with a specific concentration on Gullah Geechee culture. Her hope is to increase awareness surrounding these communities by connecting them with improved access to economic opportunities. Haa’bis is a digital platform for promoting the traditional folk art of underserved communities in South Carolina – specifically that of the Gullah Geechee culture. By providing the necessary infrastructure to connect Gullah artisans with the global market, Haa’bis seeks to preserve and promote the rich cultural influences of the Gullah people. Haa’bis also provides education, training, and additional opportunities to assist local artisans in engaging with the global market. Please join us in giving a warm welcome to Sharon Cooper-Murray as she prepares for her trip to New York City for the 2017 Artisan Leadership Summit!
Each year, a new class of artisan leaders makes the journey of a lifetime to New York City for industry immersion and leadership development. This year’s Nest Artisan Leadership Summit will culminate at the United Nations where we will lay the groundwork for a New Handworker Economy connecting craftspeople, brands, and consumers in a circular and human-centric value chain. Come meet this year’s leaders and don’t miss out.