An inclusive Community Space dedicated to
creating opportunities for Wilkinsburg

COVID-19 Update: Community Forge is now open with new limitations in place due to COVID. Our hours are contracted to Mon-Fri 8AM-7PM, masks are required at all times inside the building, and guests can only enter by having a prior appointment with a staff or tenant. Feed the Hood is still operating a take-away food program which runs Mon-Fri 3PM-5PM out of the loading dock. We are providing free technical assistance to entrepreneurs in need of help applying for COVID relief funds (State, County, Federal, etc), please reach out to if you or someone you know needs support.

What we're about

Youth Empowerment

Bringing together organizations and programs to create spaces for youth to explore, define, and pursue their own interests.

Community Collaboration

Developing networks and breaking down silos between Wilkinsburg residents and surrounding communities to build new projects and opportunities.

Organizational Incubation

Supporting individuals and small organizations with dreams in arts, youth programming, and technology to find sustainability in their initiatives.

Neighborhood Wellbeing

Working together with Wilkinsburg residents to strengthen the growth and prosperity of local families, entrepreneurs, artists, and makers.

Join in

Come Out

Community Forge hosts events from youth performances to music festivals to community conversations. Check out what’s coming to Wilkinsburg this week on our events calendar.

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Become a Resident

We have space available in our beautiful former classrooms. Make Community Forge the new home for your office, educational program, meeting, coworking desks, or studio. Contact us for a tour or to get more details.

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Support Us

Running a community space takes a village to succeed. Join our crew and support our efforts to provide affordable space and programming in Wilkinsburg with your labor, donations, and love.

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Find Your Program

Looking for afterschool programs for your kids? Want to develop as an artist? Community Forge and our Resident Organizations host a wide range of programs and services for youth and adults.

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What they're saying about us

Post-Gazette - Former Wilkinsburg elementary school thriving as Community Forge...

After years of empty classrooms and vacant hallways, the former Johnston Elementary School in Wilkinsburg once again is buzzing with activity. The school closed in 2012 and was vacant for five years before Community Forge, a group of eight entrepreneurs with ties to Pittsburgh, purchased the building in...

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NEXTpittsburgh - A vacant school becomes Wilkinsburg's community center for...

When the team behind Community Forge came together in 2016, they envisioned a cooperative social enterprise that would do important things: It would offer a platform for community service, education and civic action, and also play a key role in revitalizing an economically distressed neighborhood. Community members would...

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Wilkinsburg’s Former Johnston Elementary School Reopens as a Community Center...

The mission-driven organization “Community Forge” acquired the former Johnston Elementary School in July of 2017 and has been working daily for the past 9 months to transform the property into a community center. Today, the building is open again and now houses more than a dozen local businesses,...

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Wilkinsburg’s Johnston Elementary School To Be Transformed Into a Community...

On July 18th, the mission-driven organization “Community Forge” acquired the Johnston Elementary School at 1256 Franklin Avenue from the Wilkinsburg School District. Community Forge plans to transform the Johnston School into a community space that will be a home for small businesses, local events, municipal meetings, and educational...

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