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Creator Square Johnstown

Creative Masters: Artisans-in-Residence

Creator Square is an artisan residency program developed to stimulate urban revitalization, economic development, and workforce training. The first manifestation of Creator Square is located in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Creator Square Johnstown will be housed in the renovated Parkview Building, an existing historic structure that will be transformed into a community maker space and live/work studio facility. 

Emerging leaders in the local and national maker community will be chosen for residencies lasting from two months to two years in duration. The program is designed to connect the dots between the region’s manufacturing heritage and contemporary advances in small batch manufacturing and maker space innovation.

Who Can Apply

Emerging artisan/makers recently graduated from college or graduate school (0-10 years out) with a goal of incubating and developing their knowledge, creativity,  and practices at a low-cost and in the company of a like-minded community;

Mid-career artisan/makers interested in an artisan retreat to support inspiration, learning of new skills or technologies, and entrepreneurial development.


“Creator Square is designed to be the keystone that connects Johnstown's creative community, industrial infrastructure, and entrepreneurial activity by establishing a focal presence in downtown's Central Park.”

How It Works

The program has been designed to introduce new economy makers and craftspeople with small batch manufacturing businesses and entrepreneurial skills into local western Pennsylvania communities through a competitive residency. Rather than locating an art center in the outskirts of town, Creator Square’s potential as an economic accelerant is founded on its central positioning, stimulating nearby development. Participants in the program will be asked to present workforce development and job skill transfer workshops in exchange for low-rent, purpose-built, live/work studios in a micro-community building, dedicated and shared production space and equipment, donated materials, teaching opportunities, and sales promotion and advice.

Team and Partners

The initial idea was incubated in 2014, during an interdisciplinary Carnegie Mellon University class led by Architect Paul Rosenblatt of Springboard Design, with local Johnstown resident, Donald Bonk. Supporting partners of Creator Square include Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, the Department of Defense, and the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies.




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