R2G Residency Key Elements

The R2G Residency builds off the success of the 2020/2021 pilot program. The R2G Residency consists of multiple space options to offer the best possible match for applicants. The details for each space opportunity are outlined in detail in the R2G Residency Space Spec Sheet and includes 850 sqft. of studio space at 7800 Susquehanna, a production space with a small studio storefront in Wilkinsburg, and shared studio opportunities with Radiant Hall. Each space offers something different, reflecting the varying needs and entrepreneurial pathways for ORIGINS Cohort members.


R2G Residency Information and Benefits:

  • A one-year lease/agreement for production/retail space
  • Production space rent will be FREE for the first 6 months of the R2G Residency (3 months for WFB)
  • Production space rent will be 50% for the next 3 months of the R2G Residency
  • Production space rent will be 100% for the final 3 months of the R2G Residency (6 months for WFB)
  • All Residency participants can meet clients and conduct business at the Sarah B. Campbell Enterprise Center, located at 7800 Susquehanna
  • R2G Residency may include a CBA grant and/or micro loans to assist with space build out and other associated costs

R2G Resident Requirements:

  • Participate in the ORIGINS and PG&H platforms, including narrative information and scheduling time with the PG&H photographer (participants receive these images for personal and business use) and accept participation in CBA and program marketing
  • Complete pre and post R2G Residency assessment tools, including the Creative Business Ladder (CBL) survey and interview assessments.
  • Work to grow their business in any meaningful way by accessing new markets, product development, peer collaborations, and/or other relevant opportunities
  • Work with the CBA to develop a plan for their post-residency space needs once the year term has ended

How To Apply:

  • R2G Applications are due Friday, August 13, 2021
  • Applications will be reviewed by members of the ORIGINS Advisory Committee
  • Applicants will receive notification by Friday, September 3, 2021

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2020/2021 R2G Residency Participants


Atiya Jones

Atiya produces abstract organic accumulations to represent the modern diaspora known as gentrification. As a witness to the socio-economic and demographic shifts of neighborhoods, each work questions how populations reconnect, rebuild, and are reflected within their communities. R2G allowed Atiya to devote more time to her creative practice and capitalize on increased demand.

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Blakbird Jewelry

Selima Dawson

Using a variety of manual tools like metal shears, hammers, and files, Selima creates thoughtfully designed, hand-cut metal jewelry. Each piece conveys something personal and accessible with unique character. As a participant in the 2020 R2G, Selima worked to increase market presence both locally and nationally as well as explore more cost effective production methods.

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Black Brew Culture

Mike Potter

Founded in 2015, Black Brew Culture works to ensure that emerging and established black-owned breweries have access to essential marketing elements and are empowered to reach new audiences. During R2G, Black Brew Cultured focused on expanding design and printing capabilities to serve more black entrepreneurs and other clients.

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