The Room to Grow Residency (R2G) provides participants with a critical element for creative business success: stable and accessible space. Each year up to three Black artists, makers, designers, 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 2020/2021 R2G residents activated 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. The third resident occupied a studio space at Radiant Hall Lawrenceville. Both residents located in the Radiant Hall locations remained in their studios after the completion of their residencies. Unit 406 at 7800 remains open for the next round of R2G. 2 to 3 additional spaces will be available for the 2021/2022 R2G Residency. Applications for the 2021/2022 R2G Residency are now live. R2G will run from Fall 2021 to Fall 2022.