Community Forge

Community Forge was formed in January 2017 with the purpose of revitalizing the former Johnston Elementary School in Wilkinsburg as a community resource. Starting with a partnership between Pittsburgh Learning Commons and Xpogo, a group of 8 individuals purchased the building from the school board in July 2017, and built a vision together with Wilkinsburg residents on how to revitalize Johnston. From their outreach and community board members, they heard three main values rise to the top: 1. Johnston should continue to be a place for kids, promoting youth learning; 2. They should promote the prosperity of those in Wilkinsburg through employment opportunities and support to build sustainable businesses; and 3. They should keep Johnston Elementary accessible to all those who went to school there. Building on those points, Community Forge sought out individuals and organizations that supported those goals to make their home with them. Community Forge opened doors in January 2018 and is now home to artists, educators, and entrepreneurs looking to grow, run community events, and provide new and unique programs to the Wilkinsburg community.

Venue Information: 
1256 Franklin Avenue
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221
Phone: 412-501-2055

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