The Room to Grow Residency (RGR) provides participants with a critical element for creative business success–stable and accessible space. Each year 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.
Two of the 2020 RGR participants activate spaces in Bridgeway Capital’s building in the Homewood neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA. 7800 Susquehanna Street (7800) is home to a dynamic mix of creative businesses, small manufacturers, and community development nonprofit organizations. In addition, 7800 also houses Radiant Hall, an arts and cultural organization that creates and preserves art studio environments for working creatives. Through its partnership with Radiant Hall, ORIGINS created the residency opportunity for TWELVE/TWENTY STUDIO and Blakbird Jewelry. Applications for the 2021 RGR will be posted soon.