Collaboration and Outreach

Handmade Arcade believes in the value of collaboration. 

Handmade Arcade’s Hands-on Handmade Activity Area and Community Outreach efforts are designed to:

  • Use craft and making as a catalyst for community engagement
  • Bridge the gap between consumers and creators
  • Empower people of all ages and background to make things by hand
  • Increase awareness about handmade art, locally-produced goods, craft processes, creative reuse and upcycling
  • Provide a platform for artists and organizations to reach new audiences
  • Encourage all people to be creative and make things by hand
  • Share both practical and conceptual craft practices, techniques and applications
  • Inspire collaboration and creative expression
  • Facilitate craft-based making and learning for diverse audiences and communities
  • Engage event attendees and artist vendors in a shared creative process
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Hands-on Handmade Activity Area at Handmade Arcade
Bridging the gap between consumers and creators

A core component of Handmade Arcade’s annual event is the popular Hands-on Handmade Activity Area (HOHA), which serves more than 4,000 participants annually and showcases a variety of community-based arts, cultural, educational and tech organizations as well as individual artists and art collectives. Situated within the bustling marketplace, HOHA provides a free “craft lab” environment offering a wide variety of innovative art, craft, tech and learning activities — from yarn bombing and creative reuse, to geocaching and leatherworking. Thoughtfully designed to be accessible, welcoming and inclusive to all ages, skill levels and backgrounds, HOHA formats include drop-in tutorials and workshops, public art projects, demonstrations, games, large-scale installations and more.

Applications to participate in 2019’s Hands-on Handmade Activity Area are now open. Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis until all spots are filled.

Community Outreach

Throughout the year, Handmade Arcade actively develops relationships with a wide range of arts, cultural and community organizations, individual artists and makers, small businesses, art collectives, maker spaces, schools and more. By implementing projects and activities that support collaboration and participating in events around the city and region, Handmade Arcade actively engages with the community while encouraging the public of all ages to consider the role of art, creativity and making in their own lives.

Recent outreach partners include:

  • Remake Learning Days
  • City of Pittsburgh Inclusive Innovation Week
  • Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District
  • Unblurred: First Fridays on Penn Avenue
  • WYEP Summer Music Festival
  • Maker Faire
  • Startable Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer
  • Steel City Big Pour