This isn’t art for art’s sake. We’re focused on launching sustainable creative businesses.

It’s our vision to transform the rural arts scene by creating a financially self-sustaining economic and cultural driver that will stand the test of time.

Our Partners

Touchstone Center for Crafts

Touchstone Center for Crafts is a unique three-season craft school located 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh in the beautiful mountains of the Laurel Highlands. This unique craft school has expanded to include contemporary and experimental techniques in disciplines such as blacksmithing, ceramics, metals & jewelry, glass, drawing & painting, and special topic areas. As Pennsylvania’s premier craft school, Touchstone offers beginning and seasoned artists 1-5 day workshops taught by some of North America’s finest artisans.

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Creative Business Accelerator at Bridgeway Capital

In 2016, Bridgeway launched the Creative Businesses Accelerator (CBA) to channel its 30 years of business building and community development capability into the creative economy. The CBA empowers creative businesses to contribute more actively to equitable economic growth. Strong and successful creative businesses emerge as effective allies in Bridgeway’s efforts to make western Pennsylvania a thriving region for all. They create jobs, reactivate post-industrial spaces, and bring business activity to disinvested communities in need of new and innovative economic activity.

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JARI

JARI is a non-profit economic development organization that has been a devoted partner of the business community since 1974. No matter what business you are in, JARI is here to help you establish and grow your company in today’s global economy. Their experienced team works to assist companies of all sizes, from start-ups to mature businesses, and are leaders in economic and workforce development.

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Meet the ACRE Partners

Katie Johnson

Director of Creative Business Accelerator

Bridgeway Capital

Blake Fleegle

Entrepreneurship Coach

JARI

Lindsay Ketterer Gates

Executive Director

Touchstone Center for Crafts

Adam Kenney

Managing Director of Programs

Bridgeway Capital

Michele Clapper

VP of Economic Development

JARI

Tasha Adams

Ecosystem Coordinator

ACRE Partners