To help creatives thrive in their communities, ACRE offers a wide range of opportunities that reinforce the core program.

With smaller populations and more decentralize economic activity in Appalachian rural areas, creative entrepreneurs need to tap into in-person and online opportunities that build their customer base and showcase new creative practices and products. In addition, ACRE serves a wide range of creatives, so the “one size fits all” approach to opportunities will not work. Therefore, ACRE offers a diverse range of audience and skill building opportunities. Photo Credit: Handmade Arcade

ACRE helps creative entrepneurs to work together to access new patrons. These market and exhibition experiences are critical to us being successful in the communities where we live and work and beyond.

Sarah Hunter Artist | Ecosystem Coordinator for ACRE Greensburg

Current and Upcoming Events:


ACRE Exhibition @ You Are Here Gallery

  • 406 Clay Ave, Jeannette, PA 15644
  • Public opening reception on Friday, February 2, 2024 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 pm.
  • Show runs from February 2, 2024 to February 17, 2024
  • Participating creatives coming soon

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ACRE Exhibition @ The Manos Gallery

  • 320 E 5th Ave, Tarentum, PA 15084
  • Public opening reception on Saturday, March 2, 2024 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 pm.
  • Show runs from March 2, 2024 to March 30, 2024
  • Participating creatives coming soon

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ACRE Maker Market @ The Strip District Terminal

  • 2101 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
  • Outdoor public market opens on May 4, 2024 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Takes place at the iconic and recently renovated Strip District Terminal
  • 25 creatives selected based on work and display quality
  • 10′ x 10′ Tents, chairs, and tables provided for selected creatives
  • Application is open and closes February, 28, 2004
  • Selected creatives notified on March 10, 2024
  • Selected creatives will access support to help them maximize the experience
  • Application is only for creatives in an ACRE cohort

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ACRE @ Three Rivers Arts Festival

  • Festival runs May, 31, 2024 to June 9, 2024
  • Opportunities for makers, fine artists, and performers in ACRE
  • Participating creatives coming soon

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ACRE Invitational Exhibition @ Seton Hill Art Center

  • 201 West Otterman Street, Greensburg, PA 15601
  • Public opening reception on June 21, 2024 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Show runs from June 17, 2024 to July 28, 2024
  • All artwork can be for sale with gallery retaining 30%
  • Artwork Specifications:
    • Artworks must be original and completed within the last two years
    • Each artist can submit up to 3 entries
    • Artwork can be 2D, 3D, or video based with no limitation on size
  • Submission Process:
    • Images can be submitted through the application link below
    • Files should be titled as yourbusinessname-work1
    • Deadline for submissions is March 29, 2024 by 12:00 p.m. EST
  • Selection Process:
    • Entries will be juried by 3 jurors who are leaders in the regional creative economy
      • Rachael Rearick | Executive Director | Contemporary Craft
      • Lindsay Ketterer-Gates | Executive Director | Touchstone Center for Crafts
      • Justin Gunther | Director | Fallingwater
      • All visual artists in the ACRE network will be shared with the jurors who will select 5-7 creatives to participate
    • Selected artists will be notified by April 19, 2024



ACRE Symposium @ Touchstone Center for Crafts

  • 1049 Sr2003, Farmington, PA 15437
  • May 15, 2024 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • For regional economic development professionals
  • More details will be shared soon.



Past Events

2023 Holiday Market

Handmade Arcade

David L. Lawrence Convention Center
1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
December 2, 2023 | 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

For 2023, Bridgeway sponsored 23 creative business participants from its ACRE and ErieMade programs to attend the largest holiday market in the region. It was a catalytic experience for most of the participants, many of which had never attended a maker market of this size and/or one outside their community. Collectively, the sponsored makers earned over $57,000 in sales and greatly expanded their regional following and patrons.