Deep Craft Scholarships

Inaugural Deep Craft Scholars will take workshops Summer 2021

Residential craft schools across the nation provide intensive workshops led by prominent craftspeople covering a range of contemporary and traditional craft practices. The technical skills and field insights gained at workshops often accelerate the career trajectory and/or business growth of the participating creatives. Unfortunately, there are often barriers to participation for Black creatives. In a shared effort to tackle these barriers and provide equitable access to opportunities, Crafting the Future (CTF) and ORIGINS collaborated to provide the Deep Craft Scholarship (Deep Craft) for Black creatives from western Pennsylvania.

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Room to Grow Residency

The first group of residents will run Spring 2020 to Spring 2021

For each yearlong session up to three Black artists, makers, designs, and/or craftspeople from the Pittsburgh region are selected to participate. Whether emerging or established, these creatives demonstrate the momentum and enthusiasm required to maximize this year-long residency. While in the space, participants may also access other resources provided through the ORIGINS and its parent program, Bridgeway Capital’s Creative Business Accelerator. These include patient and flexible capital, market opportunities, entrepreneurial guidance, and more. For the 2020/2021 session, residents include Blak Bird Jewelry, TWELVE\TWENTY STUDIO, and Black Brew Culture

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Business Coaching

The first team of participants will run October 2020 to March 2021

Building a creative business can be difficult. Through ORIGINS’ business coaching, creative entrepreneurs gain the skills and experiences to feel more equipped for the challenges ahead. Participants will gain a supportive team dynamic, access to industry specific mentors, capital to reach for growth, and guidance from a nationally recognized leader in Black entrepreneurship.

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Annual Exhibition

Thursday, March 5, 2020 to Saturday, March 28, 2020
Concept Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

The first ORIGINS Annual Exhibition featured innovative and expressive work from emerging and established Black makers, designers, artists, and craftspeople. The exhibition elevated and celebrated a range of products and processes in one of the most dynamic venues in Pittsburgh, Concept Art Gallery. Attendees were encouraged to attend and support Black voices and aesthetics in the creative economy and ecosystem.

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536 Smithfield St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Starting April 1, 2020, we invite you to the PG&H Concept Store in Downtown Pittsburgh to experience and buy wares from artists, designers, makers, and craftspeople in ORIGINS. From woven wearables to ceramic wares, The PG&H Concept Store will feature a rotating selection of work from emerging Black creatives supported and celebrated through ORIGINS.

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