Monica Mueller and Bryn Merrell , Artful Venture
Monica Mueller and Bryn Merrell are a power duo who are passionate cinematographers, artists, social entrepreneurs, and storytellers. They are the founders of Artful Venture, an online store that empowers artisans in Ecuador and connects them to an international audience. The artisans are able to support their livelihoods while creating a personal connection between the consumer and the creator of the unique craft they purchased. A percentage of each sale will support Arte del Mundo, a non-profit in Baños, Ecuador that promotes literacy and creative expression to youth.
Monica and Bryn believe in the power of art, and through extensive research and have seen creativity and artistic expression uplift lives. Since landing in Ecuador, they have been involved in volunteering with local arts groups, and have built many important communication bridges with various media groups to spread the news of their project.
“We want to continue to uplift Ecuadorian youth through creative expression through our partnership with Arte del Mundo,” Monica explains, “to promote socially responsible consuming by creating a personal connection from the artisan’s story to the consumer.” The Pollination Project is proud to help get their retail site fully stocked and functional.
GRANT AWARD DATE: DECEMBER 15, 2013