December 2 and 3
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Thank you for your support of Pittsburgh’s creative community!
Hands-on Handmade is the participatory element of the holiday market – large-scale demonstrations and make-and-take projects from individual artists, arts organizations, student groups, and others.
Handmade Arcade operates as a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose programming significantly impacts Pittsburgh’s local creative economy For 17 years, Handmade Arcade has produced the region’s most highly-anticipated Holiday Market. Annually, over 10,000 shoppers come from all over southwestern Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia to buy one-of-a-kind, locally produced, handcrafted holiday gifts.
Now with a virtual catalog component, sponsors will get noticed by tens of thousands of tech- and art-savvy shoppers this holiday season while supporting Pittsburgh’s thriving arts community.
Your sponsorship allows Handmade Arcade to collaborate with like-minded nonprofits, art organizations, and individual artists. This year, Handmade Arcade will host the Pittsburgh Glass Center’s annual holiday glass sale at the 2022 Holiday Market. The Frick Museum will also be on-site to support upcoming programming about local craft and folk art. Stay tuned as we finalize plans with arts organizations, nonprofits, and individual artists in our hands-on handmade activity area.
Handmade Arcade is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Sponsorships and in-kind donations over $250 to Handmade Arcade are tax deductible as charitable contributions.
This was by far the best in-person market we’ve attended as a maker – both in terms of experience and financially. Handmade Arcade has done a phenomenal job of fostering a welcoming community of makers and customers that made us feel very comfortable to be in, and that was something we truly appreciated. The load-in and load-out experience was far superior to others we’ve experienced. Simply put, for us, the entire event was smooth, stress-free, enjoyable, and profitable. We are sincerely grateful for the clear meticulous care put forth in planning and designing this event, and we are forever thankful for the opportunity to have been a part of it. We hope to see you again next year! — Allan Smith, Fjord and Fable
This was my first time participating in the holiday market, and it really was something special. From vendors to shoppers, the whole environment was one of creativity and acceptance. People could come as they are and feel welcomed. What a community. I’ve never felt anything like it. — Beth Arnstein, Jewelry by Old Soul
Handmade Arcade was incredible this year. You all did an amazing job. I was super nervous about it – I wasn’t sure if the crowds/enthusiasm would be diminished over the last two years, or if timed ticketing would do anything to change the flow of people coming through. But Saturday was phenomenal. The people, the enthusiasm, and the energy were all overwhelming in the best way possible. It was my biggest day in terms of sales by a long shot. In a tough year with all this uncertainty, you guys made it all happen. Thanks so much! — Dan Grguras, Baxter & the Bear
This was an amazing experience. To be supported and guided as a maker was HUGE.
–Triple Moon Alchemy Herb Shop
(T)his was an amazing opportunity and … one of the best runs shows I have ever been part of in-person or online.
HA this year was a smash success! Thank you so much.
I have to say that this was the best virtual event I participated in this year!
(T)he best thought out and run virtual show that I have been a part of.
–Happy Groundhog Studio
I loved the website! It was so easy to shop as a shopper and I felt it really showcased us as makers.
–Aria Bella Candles