A new generation of youth makers is shaking up the scene at the 15th annual Handmade Arcade! This is your chance to peruse goods of a truly fresh perspective, while supporting talented artists, makers and entrepreneurs ages 13 to 18.

Who are the Youth Makers?
Handmade Arcade is proud to showcase 12 young artists through our 2019 Youth Maker Scholarship Program. This unique program provides free vendor space, stipends, mentoring and professional development workshops for youth from around the City of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania.

It’s an unprecedented opportunity for young participants learn the value of enterprise, innovation and collaboration — and for you to shop the very latest in design and creativity from our region’s up-and-coming makers!

You’ll be inspired by our youth makers and their originality and ambitious creative visions.

Like Marvi, the high school junior behind ZuMantra. Marvi aims to help women in rural Indian communities earn fair pay and work toward financial independence with the sale of handcrafted goods through ZuMantra.

Marvi can’t wait to bring her products to Handmade Arcade, and says, “I hope to gain more exposure to Pittsburgh and its wonderful people who are eager to make a difference and a positive impact in the world around them.

So be sure to swing by the Youth Maker Alley to see Marvi’s goods and so much more, including …

  • Black Box Art: Jewelry, copper pins, vinyl stickers and photographic prints inspired by daily life.
  • FOLKES: Brimless hats for all people looking to express their individuality through fashion.
  • Jack of All Trades: Artwork, housewares and more inspired by people and their stories.
  • Jesse Sommer Forge: Forged iron artwork and housewares made from coal and steel sourced from recycled cars, Kennywood and more.
  • Kin of Duncan: Our youngest maker offers her own t-shirts for kids, dogs and cats.
  • O.O.T.W creations: Handpainted artwork, accessories and clothing you can enjoy, wear and feel good in.
  • Purple Eagle Ventures Limited:
    • Deadboy: Original shirts and pants.
    • Natalia’s Naturals: 100% Natural and Homemade Hair and Body Products.
    • ScorchedEarth: Handmade metal jewelry and accessories.
  • Skapa Turnings: Natural wood lovingly turned into fountain pens, seam rippers, letter openers, pencils and more.
  • Trippy Tee’s & More!: Artfully inspired tie-dye clothing and accessories.
  • ZuMantra: Jewelry and paper goods made in collaboration with skilled female artisans across India.

Youth Maker Alley is sponsored by Matt’s Maker Space, were kids can explore science, technology, engineering, arts & math (STEAM) through experiential and hands-on learning. There are over 20 Matt’s Maker Space locations schools, libraries, Children’s Hospital and more, providing opportunities for kids to create and collaborate in a safe and judgment-free environment. Matt’s Maker Space is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2018 in memory of Matthew Conover, a 12-year-old boy who lost his life to cancer. He loved to tinker and create.