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 @ Three Rivers Arts Festival

  • Festival runs May, 31, 2024 to June 9, 2024
  • Opportunities for makers, fine artists, and performers in ACRE
  • Participating creatives include Erika Blair, East Wheeling Clay Works, and Waterhouse Pottery

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ACRE Greensburg Graduation Event

  • Greensburg Garden and Civic Center, 951 Old Salem Rd, Greensburg, PA 15601
  • Public reception on Thursday, June 20, 2024 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Celebrates the creative entrepreneurs that completed the ACRE Greensburg journey



ACRE Invitational Exhibition @ Seton Hill Art Center

  • 201 West Otterman Street, Greensburg, PA 15601
  • Public opening reception on Friday, June 21, 2024 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Show runs from June 17, 2024 to July 28, 2024
  • Entries juried by 3 jurors who are leaders in the regional creative economy
  • Selected artists announced soon


ACRE New Kensington Graduation Event

  • Digital Foundry, 855 5th Avenue, New Kensington, Pennsylvania 15068
  • Public reception on Wednesday, June 26, 2024 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Celebrates the creative entrepreneurs that completed the ACRE New Kensington journey



ACRE Johnstown Graduation Event

  • Peoples Natural Gas (PNG) Park, 90 Johns Street, Johnstown, PA 15901
  • Public reception on Tuesday, July 16, 2024 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Celebrates the creative entrepreneurs that completed the ACRE Johnstown journey


Past Events

2024 ACRE Symposium

Touchstone Center for Crafts
1049 Sr2003, Farmington, PA 15437
Wednesday, May 15, 2024 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For regional economic development professionals, the ACRE Symposium allowed the program’s participants and practitioners to share emerging best practices and lessons learned. It also featured insights from key thought leaders of creative economy development in western Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia.

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2024 ACRE Market Takeover

The Strip District Terminal
2101 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
May 4, 2024

ACRE makers from across the program’s five communities took over the iconic and recently renovated Strip District Terminal
Participating makers include 23rd and Flock, Acute Peach Art, Bixby Studios, Brushed by Becky, East Wheeling Clayworks, Heather Heitzenrater Art, Hill and Holler Herbal Company, James Joseph Designs and Photography, J, Mad Artist Paradise, ReClaimed Threads, Shalya Marsh Studios, Simple Stitch By Rayna, Stephanie Oplinger Arts, Uncle Dave’s Art Studio, Waterhouse Pottery, Wicks & Wax Studio, and Wild Indigo Wares.

2024 ACRE Wheeling Graduation Event

Wheeling Heritage
1400 Main St., Wheeling, WV 26003
April 18, 2024

Friends, family, and community members joined us for a celebration of ACRE Wheeling’s first cohort of creative entrepreneurs. These folks worked very hard to build business skills and thoughtfully map out next steps that will lead to greater success and sustainability. The event was free and open to the public.

2023 Handmade Arcade Holiday Market

David L. Lawrence Convention Center
1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
December 2, 2023

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.