Hands-on Handmade Activity Area 2018

Hands-on Handmade Activities Area application is now closed!
We have an amazing line-up of activities and artists planned. Stay tuned for details.

We cannot wait to share another year of interactive and innovative projects with you on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at the David L. Convention Center.

HOHA, a participatory component to Handmade Arcade (HA), offers a wide variety of interactive drop-in and daylong programs including craft projects, mini-tutorials and workshops, make-and-take activities, craft competitions, art installations, public art projects, and more.


HOHA is designed to:

  • Bridge the gap between consumers and creators
  • Engage attendees and vendors in a shared creative process
  • Increase awareness about handmade art, locally-produced craft goods and creative processes
  • Provide a platform for artists and organizations to expand their reach into the community
  • Encourage all people to be creative and make things by hand

HOHA’s goal is to accept applicants that will:

  • Engage attendees and vendors in a shared creative process
  • Encourage the public to consider the role of craft in their own lives
  • Increase awareness about handmade and locally-produced goods
  • Design an activity that can be completed within a realistic timeframe

Requirements for participation include:

  • Well thought-out activities that engage a wide variety of ages and skill levels
  • Participants must be able to run their activity using their own volunteers or employees
  • Clear description of the proposed activity
  • Participant bio(s)
  • A proposed budget for activities (HA offers some reimbursement or small stipends for HOHA artists. HA cannot guarantee reimbursement for all costs).

The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh was the proud sponsor of Handmade Arcade’s Hands-on Handmade Activity Area in 2017. To see the complete list of activities they sponsored, visit our 2017 HOHA page.

The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh, located at 1635 McFarland Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15216, is a 10,000 square foot arts and cultural center featuring local art, music, and food.