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ST(ART)-UP
SUPPORT:

A COLLABORATION BETWEEN GOGGLEWORKS
CENTER FOR THE ARTS + PENN STATE BERKS
By Ellen Albright, GRCA

G

oggleWorks Center for the Arts has long served as a local entrepreneurs with the support, resources, and facilities
downtown Reading mecca for creative exploration, hands- needed to build out their ideas from concept to a sustainable plan
on learning, and access to the arts in countless forms. From for growth! Lisa Weaver, Healthy Community Program Associate +
immersive classes in ceramics to drawing, painting + printmaking, Social Entrepreneurship Specialist for Penn State Berks/Penn State
and a number of workshops in metalsmithing, woodworking, and Health St. Joseph, added, "By partnering with existing business
glassblowing, there is no shortage of opportunities to channel your service organizations, and leveraging university resources, we seek
inner creative amongst top-notch instructors and passionate patrons to increase the number of startups that launch, build, and scale in
of the arts!
Reading and Berks County. One of the startups in our coworking
GoggleWorks is also space is looking for warehouse space to expand his manufacturing in
home to Berks Ballet Reading. Another exciting project we're pursuing is the use of VRTheatre, countless artist technology in the clinical setting to improve patient care."

studios, galleries, and
office space, as well as
the Boscov Film Theater
+ The Den, a restaurant
collaboration with Sly
Fox Brewery. Newest to
this roster is Penn State
Berks LaunchBox - a
collaboration between
Penn State Berks and Penn State Health St. Joseph to engage the
community by creating a culture of innovation to help grow the
economy and improve quality of life in the Greater Reading region,
specifically with a focus downtown.
Levi Landis, President + Executive Director for GoggleWorks,
commented, "The Berks Launchbox is a
remarkable asset to Berks County. The emphasis
on business development, education, and STEAM
is a great compliment to the GoggleWorks'
mission of transforming lives through unique
interactions with art, and we are so pleased to have
their presence and impact on our campus."
By providing a public makerspace + workshop
area in a central, accessible downtown location,
the Berks LaunchBox provides a hub to connect
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Many of the programs offered at Berks LaunchBox are low or
NO charge to attendees, further removing the cost barriers that
often inhibit entrepreneurs to take their ideas to the next step. The
LaunchBox also has open hours Monday-Thursday for walk-in
access, literally leaving the door wide open for the public to drop in
and learn more about the program or tinker with some of the tools
in the makerspace (for example, the 3D printers on-site!).
Walt Fullam, Director for Continuing Ed at Penn State Berks,
further stated, "The Berks LaunchBox is focused on increasing the
number of early stage entrepreneurs in the greater Reading area. Our
mission is to be the 'hub' that connects local entrepreneurs to the
support, resources, and facilities they need to build a sustainable and
scalable business with a viable plan for growth. We are particularly
focused on helping entrepreneurs with technology-based or socialenterprise ideas that have the potential to make
an impact in the community. The creative
energy of the GoggleWorks and the opportunity
to collaborate with the artists and innovators
located there make it the perfect location for an
entrepreneurial hub."
Want to learn more? Check out the
Launchbox Facebook:
berkslaunchbox.psu.edu/


http://berkslaunchbox.psu.edu/

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