Youth Maker Applications for the 2024 Holiday Market are open!

Handmade Arcade provides free booths for selected individual youth makers and youth artists and selected schools or community groups working with youth makers and youth artists who want to sell their products at Pittsburgh’s largest holiday shopping market. The 2024 Holiday Market is scheduled for December 6-7 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Downtown Pittsburgh and will feature 250+ vendors and more than 10,000 shoppers.

 

Applications are due on July 24 at 11:59 PM (EST). Applicants will be notified in late August.

About the Youth Maker Program

Accepted Individual Youth Makers will receive: 

  • Free 10×10 booth at the Holiday Market (valued at $365)
  • $500 materials stipend to make your products
  • $75 stipend for event-day expenses (parking, transportation, food, etc.)
  • Access to borrow tables, chairs, and display set-up materials from Handmade Arcade
  • 1:1 mentorship from an established Handmade Arcade maker
  • Four pre-event workshops to prepare for the market
  • Extensive promotion on Handmade Arcade’s digital outlets

 

Accepted Youth Maker Groups will receive: 

  • Free 10×10 booth at the Holiday Market (valued at $365)
  • Access to Handmade Arcade’s Maker Handbook and other resources to prepare for the market
  • Extensive promotion on Handmade Arcade’s digital outlets

Before applying, read these FAQs!

Application Support

Attend our virtual Youth Maker Application Info Session or drop-in Office Hour sessions hosted by HA’s Executive Director to learn how to submit your best application and get answers to your application questions.

June 28 (3-4 PM): Office Hours

July 2 (5:30-6:30 PM): Office Hours

July 10 (6-7 PM): Youth Maker Application Info Session (will be recorded)

July 12 (12-1 PM): Office Hours

All Info Sessions and Office Hours can be accessed via this Zoom link.

 

Feel free to reach out to info@handmadearcade.org if you have questions that aren’t answered in our Youth Maker Market FAQs or at an Application Info Session.

Thank you to the AEO Foundation for supporting the 2024 Youth Maker Accelerator Program!