Handmade Arcade Guest Juror Recruitment

Handmade Arcade (HA) seeks those with expertise in craftspersonship, creative entrepreneurship, and arts and maker festivals to serve as guest jurors for Handmade Arcade markets. 


About Handmade Arcade Guest Jurors:

Handmade Arcade’s annual events and special programs serve a wide range of shoppers and audience members each year. As such, every effort is made to select a diverse community of makers, artists, craftspeople, and creative entrepreneurs to participate in our events and programs with products that showcase varied aesthetics, lived experiences, materials, techniques, and intended use. Handmade Arcade relies on the support of guest jurors to review all of the applications for our events and programs.


About Handmade Arcade:

Founded in 2004, HA provides craft-based artists, designers, and makers with opportunities to sell products, build community, network, and share their artistic practice. HA is a pioneer in Pittsburgh’s flourishing maker movement, catalyzing and transforming the region’s landscape of small arts and crafts businesses. Handmade Arcade has connected over 3,000 craft and makers businesses with more than 215,000 shoppers at in-person shopping events over the past two decades. Since 2004, the organization has produced 19 Holiday Markets, five Spring Markets for new and emerging makers, eight Virtual Markets and Catalogs, seven Youth Maker Accelerator program cohorts, and many educational workshops that support small business growth and sustainability. This has led to makers reporting over $4 million in sales at Handmade Arcade-hosted markets alone. Handmade Arcade continues to make year-round contributions that directly impact makers’ quality of life and economic success by bridging the gap between creators and their customers. 

Mission: Handmade Arcade (HA) empowers makers of all ages by providing them with professional development and connections to customers. 

Vision: Handmade Arcade envisions an inclusive artistic community where all makers are empowered to share their craft and to achieve their creative potential and financial goals.


  • Anti-racism
  • Collaboration
  • Equity
  • Financial sustainability
  • Transparency


Position Description: 

Handmade Arcade Guest Jurors:

  • Jury for one market with the option of jurying for an additional five consecutive markets
  • Disclose conflicts of interest in advance of receiving assigned applications to review
  • Submit a bio and headshot upon acceptance that will be publicly shared on HA’s website so applicants know who the jurors are for specific markets
  • Jury the applications assigned to them by HA’s Executive Director in accordance with the jury rubric and instructions for that market (approximately 8-12 hours of work, depending on the number of applicants)
  • Attend one jury meeting per market (approximately 4-6 hours, depending on the number of applicants). The 2024 Holiday Market jury meeting will be Saturday, August 17 from 10 AM – 4 PM, location TBD. Lunch will be provided. 
  • Keep jurying discussions confidential
  • Attend a minimum of six craft shows, markets, or maker fairs each year (as a maker, event staff person, or shopper) to stay knowledgeable about the industry 



Handmade Arcade seeks jurors with expertise in any of the following areas: 

  • Craft and maker event planning
  • Teaching artistry
  • Artistic curation
  • Creative entrepreneurship or entrepreneur support

Jurors should be knowledgeable about the craft industry as well as committed to ensuring that Handmade Arcade markets are reflective of Pittsburgh’s diverse community. Jurors should agree with Handmade Arcade’s core values of anti-racism, collaboration, equity, financial sustainability, and transparency.

Handmade Arcade is committed to maintaining a group of Guest Jurors that is reflective of our region’s diverse make-up of makers, customers, and collaborators. Candidates with disabilities, candidates who are BIPOC, and/or candidates who are members of the LGBTQIA2S+ community are encouraged to apply.



Holiday Market Guest Jurors will receive a $300 stipend for their work as a juror as well as two (2) tickets to attend the Friday Night Preview Party for the 2024 Holiday Market on December 6.


How to Apply:

Qualified candidates should complete the Guest Juror Application by June 30, 2024. While HA is actively recruiting guest jurors for the 2024 Holiday Market, applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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