Atiya Jones

Radiant Hall Lawrenceville
4514 Plummer Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

I create abstract organic accumulations to represent the modern diaspora known as gentrification. As a witness to the socio-economic and demographic shifts of neighborhoods, my work questions how populations reconnect, rebuild, and are reflected within their communities. As a woman of color, I define my work as an act of defiance, empowerment, and visibility. The 2020 ORIGINS Residency will allow me to dedicate more time to my art and other creative endeavors. I am experiencing an increased demand for my artwork and design vision, and look forward to pursing opportunities to strengthen my creative business. Click here to learn more about Atiya and TWELVE\TWENTY STUDIO.

Blakbird Jewelry

Selima Dawson

Radiant Hall Susquehanna
7800 Susquehanna Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15208

Through Blakbird Jewelry, I create thoughtfully designed, hand-cut metal jewelry. While studying Fine Arts and Painting at the Pratt Institute, I began experimenting with brass tooling foil. The metal scraps from that became my first piece of jewelry. The first piece started Blakbird Jewelry. In my designs, I convey something personal and accessible. Using a variety of manual tools like metal shears, hammers, and files, I add character to materials. As a participant in the 2020 ORIGINS Residency, I plan to increase my market presence both locally and nationally. I will explore production methods that are more cost effective while still delivering my unique aesthetic. Click here to learn more about Selima and Blakbird Jewelry.

Black Brew Culture

Mike Potter

Unit 406
7800 Susquehanna Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15208

In 2015, we started Black Brew Culture as an experiment in the basement of a print shop in the Homestead neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Our original intention was to learn how to brew and create what we felt was a much needed addition to the craft beer industry in the United States, a black-owned brewery. We also created Black Brew Culture to ensure that emerging and established black-owned breweries had access to the essential elements of marketing success, and were empowered to reach a wide and growing audience of craft beer consumers. During our 2020 ORIGINS Residency we plan on expanding our design and printing capabilities to serve more black entrepreneurs, and a range of other dynamic clients.

2020 ORIGINS Residency

Room to Grow

The ORIGINS Residency 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.

Places and Partners

Two of the 2020 ORIGINS Residency 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 ORIGINS Residency will be posted on this web page and shared throughout the regional arts and culture ecosystem in November 2020.