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Change Agency Launches Impact PGH Pop-Up to Engage Emerging Social Entrepreneurs and Artists from Underrepresented Communities

 

Change Agency to launch Impact PGH, an equity-focused pop-up providing a space to entrepreneurs and artists from underrepresented communities to co-work, co-create, and come together in community, on Friday, March 15th from 5PM to 8PM. Located at the Warrington Recreation Center in the Hilltop (329 E Warrington Avenue), Impact PGH was selected by

PGH Lab as a pilot to activate an underutilized City of Pittsburgh space. The launch will include an Impact Market featuring artisans and food vendors. Attendance is free and open to all, speakers and performances begin at 6PM.


 

“By providing a physical space to work, learn, and collaborate across communities, we aim to support a network of intentional action-oriented changemakers who have long been overlooked in our region,” says Betty Cruz, founder of Change Agency (pictured). “The space will also provide resources and opportunities for upskilling so that this community of social innovators can scale and monetize their unique ideas to build a better region.”


Impact PGH will test a number of projects and programs running March 15th through May 31st including: monthly Impact Market featuring immigrant, refugee, and Black artisans; co-working space for emerging artists and entrepreneurs; Immigrant Rights Housing Fair; trainings to accelerate upskilling; and an Artist-in-Residence program featuring

Brittney Chantele, a singer-songwriter, visual artist, and dancer. Her artistry deals with many topics, much of which revolve around social justice, activism, and queerness. As an “artivist” she strives to create work that has an impact across many platforms and can inspire people toward change.


 

“Impact Hub PGH will reimagine how a co-working space can be both dynamic and inclusive by bringing together artists, professionals, and entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds all under one roof,” notes Annia Aleman, senior civic innovation specialist at the City of Pittsburgh. “This project presents a unique opportunity to fill a gap in service in Pittsburgh’s co-working ecosystem.”


Through May 2019, Impact PGH will run programming, engage community voices, and create a proof of concept on why an inclusive space like this one can foster equitable economic development. The pop-up is a pilot of a longer vision plan to create a permanent Impact PGH space designed and led by underrepresented communities.


Impact PGH Pop-Up is made possible through the City of Pittsburgh Department of Innovation and Performance PGH Lab. PGH Lab’s main goal is to collaborate with local startups to explore new ways to use technologies to make the City of Pittsburgh more efficient, transparent, sustainable, and inclusive. The program connects local startups with departments within the City of Pittsburgh to test their products and services in local government for three to four months.

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