Artisan Entrepreneurship Program
Main Street Morgantown and the MAC are teaming up with Bridgeway Capital to launch the first Artisan Entrepreneurship Program in Morgantown.
Artists, makers, designers, and craftspeople use sophisticated skills in their creative practice, but their entrepreneurship often remains underdeveloped.
Bridgeway Capital's Alliance for Creative Rural Economies (ACRE) program coupled with the MAC's and Main Street Morgantown's local connections make this an irresistible opportunity.
2024 ACRE Cohort
Chosen from a competitive pool of nearly 50 applicants, the inaugural cohort for Monongalia County’s first Artisan Entrepreneurship Program (AEP) will spend a year developing a business plan, setting financial goals, meeting with business coaches, and utilizing spaces to design, showcase and sell their work, all while making local connections. Participants range in specialties from ceramicists, textile artists, printmakers, and sellers of natural products and other creative works.
|Bixby Studios LLC
|Burnt Cabin Press/Liz Prints
|Curated Wonder LLC
|Hill & Holler Herbal Company
|Jen Allen Ceramics LLC
|Lock House Studio LLC
|Nampara Sculpture and Arts
|Shalya Marsh Studios
|Spring Fox Studios, LLC
|ACJ Studio LLC
|Acute Peach Art
|Chasing Happy, LLC/DBA Moonlight Market
|Heather Lepp Ceramics
|Mon Valley Mushrooms
|Lucas and Jamie
|Sieber and Brown
|Mountain Creek Glass
|Wild Indigo Wares
|YNST Media LLC (dba YNST Magazine)
Downtown Retail Lab
In partnership with WVU’s Community Engagement Lab, Main Street Morgantown hopes to win funding in 2024 to transform its former office on High Street into a retail lab accelerator to give cohort members, students, and community creatives opportunities to sell their work on consignment and receive specific feedback on their products. In true community collaboration, The Retail Lab’s highly visible space will be curated and run by students in WVU’s Fashion, Design and Merchandising Program, allowing University students to garner real-life experience in retail, sales, merchandising and buying.
Monongalia Arts Center Studio Space
In partnership with the Monongalia Arts Center, ACRE participants can request to display their work public studio space tours, share their trade through classes and events, and access low-cost studio space as a place to create their work.