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January Craft Business Thursday at Creator Square


The Community Arts Center of Cambria County will be hosting the third Craft Business Thursday @ Creator Square (CBT@CRSQ) on Thursday, January 18th from 6:00-8:00pm at the Community Arts Center’s Goldhaber-Fend Fine Arts Center gallery. CBT@CRSQ is a series of monthly lectures featuring a special guest speaker. We hope to see you there!


Maia Leppo will be the third speaker in the Creator Square, Craft Business Thursday Speaker Series. Maia graduated from Tufts University in 2008 with a degree in Biology and Community Health. She received training in jewelry and metals from various craft schools, including Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Pocosin Arts, Penland School of Crafts and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and then received her Masters of Fine Art from SUNY New Paltz in 2015. She has participated in artist residencies at Arrowmont and Pocosin and is currently a resident artist at the Brewhouse Association on the south side of Pittsburgh.


“Craft Business Thursdays at Creator Square (CBT@CRSQ for short) is a program launched by Creator Square Johnstown in Fall, 2017, to celebrate the talents and accomplishments of artisan craft entrepreneurs in the western Pennsylvania region. Thanks to Angela Godin and the Community Arts Center of Cambria County for hosting this inaugural series of interactive discussions and presentations that will focus on how local craft businesses were launched and how they are sustained. What are the greatest opportunities and challenges of starting a craft business here? What are the most important lessons learned? How can the arts be drivers of the local economic rebirth in Western PA? These are some of the questions that we look forward to exploring with the creative individuals who will be part of Craft Business Thursdays at Creator Square. I hope you will join us a series of exciting art filled evenings!”

– Paul Rosenblatt, Executive Director of Creator Square


The goals of the CBT@CRSQ series include: updating the greater Western PA community on Creator Square’s progress in anticipation of the building’s renovation and program rollout in 2018-19 by Springboard Design; discussion of craft business, the makers movement, and entrepreneurship; feature a talented and accomplished craft business person / maker during each evening’s lecture / workshop.


“The Community Arts Center of Cambria County is elated to be a small part of the continued advancement in the Cambria County area through Creator Square. A recurring series, such as this, will keep the community engaged and eager about the continued progress of Creator Square, especially with its growth and development over the next two years. Seeing this vision steadily become a reality, aids in the continuations to make Johnstown a thriving hub for arts and culture.”

-Angela R. Godin, Executive Director Community Arts Center of Cambria County