Supporting creatives and rural communities.

The Alliance for Creative Rural Economies (ACRE Partners) is a scalable model to bring creativity-driven, COVID-19 responsive, economic development to rural areas across western Pennsylvania and beyond; meeting creatives where they are in their artistic career journeys and offering multiple levels of support and resources to achieve business stability.

THE NEED

Regroup. Restart. Refresh.

The economic shockwaves of the COVID-19 pandemic on rural America are far from over. By bringing together creatives, citizens, and civic leaders in small towns and rural areas, ACRE is reimagining rural spaces, shifting dominant narratives, and rewriting the story of the pandemic.

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THE PROGRAM

Design Your Own Path.

From studio space to expert business coaching, explore how ACRE can help you develop your craft business.

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THE PLACE

A Town Focused on Supporting Creatives

Gorgeous hikes, whitewater rafting, award-winning brews, knock-out restaurants, a thriving arts scene, and a re-energized downtown corridor - all accessible from your front door. Come see for yourself what makes Johnstown a great place to live, work, and play.

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The organizations of ACRE Partners share a vision for rural communities uplifted by creative entrepreneurship. For creatives to be successful long-term, they must have a broad understanding of both creative processes, business practices, and the value of a professional and peer network for support and learning.

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