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Monthly lecture series to promote entrepreneurship

An initiative to celebrate the talents and accomplishments of artisan craft entrepreneurs in the region is coming to the Community Arts Center of Cambria County.

Craft Business Thursday @ Creator Square will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Goldhaber-Fend Fine Arts Center, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

The event will be a series of monthly lectures featuring a guest speaker.

The goal of the series will be to update the community on Creator Square’s progress in anticipation of the building’s renovation and program rollout in 2018-19; discuss concepts such as craft business, makers movement and entrepreneurship; and feature a talented and accomplished craft businessperson or maker during each evening of lectures and workshops.

Myles Geyman of Stak Ceramics in Homewood, Beaver County, will be the first speaker in the series.

Paul Rosenblatt, executive director of Creator Square, said the series of interactive discussions and presentations will focus on how local craft businesses were launched and how they are sustained.

Topics for discussion include what are the greatest opportunities and challenges of starting a craft business here, what are the most important lessons learned and how can the arts be drivers of the local economic rebirth.

“These are some of the questions that we will look forward to exploring with the creative individuals who will be part of Craft Business Thursdays @ Creator Square,” Rosenblatt said.

Stak Ceramics was started in 2013 by Myles and Heather Geyman.

It began in the basement of their home and quickly expanded. After a year of cramped work conditions, they found a studio space near home.

It was during this time that they began learning how to manage their small business.

The couple design and produce everything from traditional dinnerware to lamps.

Angela R. Godin, executive director of the arts center, said they are excited 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,” she said. “Seeing this vision steadily become a reality aids in the continuations to make Johnstown a thriving hub for arts and culture.”

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 255-6515 or

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