An Update on Our Strategic Plan

Seeking Your Input

The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council supports the time, talent, and work of artists, culture bearers, art educators, art workers, and arts organizations — reinforcing an environment so that ambitions, imagination, innovation, and risk taking can thrive in the Greater Pittsburgh Region

About Us

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    Developing and Strengthening the Arts Ecosystem

    From networking opportunities and professional development initiatives to leadership collectives focused on creating more equitable avenues to support Black and disabled artists, the Arts Council provides a range of services and barrier-breaking programming that nurtures creativity and sustains artistic careers.

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    Framing and Guiding Cultural Investment and Action

    By combining in-depth research on the most crucial arts-related issues facing Southwestern Pennsylvania with advocacy-based government relations and community engagement, the Arts Council champions the economic, cultural, and social impacts of the region's arts and culture sector while driving changemakers to expand equitable access and increase state and national arts funding.

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    Grantmaking in the Arts

    As the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts' Local Arts Agency serving Southwestern Pennsylvania, the Arts Council provides a range of funding opportunities for artists and arts organizations in need of financial support in Allegheny, Beaver, Greene, and Washington counties.

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    Facilitating Community Connections

    The Arts Council bridges the gap between arts facilitators and arts patrons through relationship building and resource sharing, ensuring that arts and culture are incorporated into every aspect of the community we serve.

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Give to the Arts

Please consider supporting our work with a donation. Your gift goes directly towards helping us support Western Pennsylvania's diverse and vibrant arts and culture community.

The arts have an immeasurable impact on society. The Arts Council recognizes this and actively works to document and thoughtfully communicate these impacts to ensure our effective leaders support the valuable labor of artists and cultural workers.

The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council is an invaluable arts connection that convenes and embraces arts and artists in a celebration of collaboration and diversity.

The Arts Council plays a crucial role in the local arts and culture sector by making the efforts to champion underrepresented artists and fostering community engagement within the arts.

The financial support I received from the CEA grant offered by the Arts Council played a pivotal role in my artistic journey. The grant not only alleviated financial pressures but also opened doors for me to showcase my work on a national stage.

A very important part of being an artist is inclusion with the greater arts community. Arts Council events have given me the chance to meet and work with many other artists. It's engaged me as a member of a community that supports and uplifts each other.

As a full-time artist, I highly value the networks and opportunities the Arts Council provides. From receiving grants to being on grant panels, the Arts Council has strengthened my connections to Pittsburgh's arts communities to advance my art career.

From mounting my first exhibition in Pittsburgh to crucial funding support, legal advice, and connections, the Arts Council’s support has been a game changer for my career, and they are a crucial resource for our region.

The Arts Council guided me in completing my first grant application, hosted a class on American Sign Language for the Arts, and graciously attended the opening for my sign language series of paintings, funded by their Allegheny Arts Revival Grant.

As a small arts space, having the Arts Council amplify our offerings by visiting, reposting, and blogging has been huge for us. The new visitors and connections are invaluable. The whole team is helping lift up local art and artists.

Hear from our Members

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Joseph Hall

Executive Director, Kelly Strayhorn Theater

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Tess Dally

Physically Integrated Dancer, member of the Arts Council's Disabled Artists Creative Cohort

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Ashanté Josey

Visual Artist

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Rona Chang

Founder and CEO, Otto Finn

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Dan O'Donnell aka Faj

Visual Artist

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Max Gonzales

Muralist, Arts Educator

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Mikael Owunna

Multimedia artist and the Cofounder and Executive Director of Rainbow Serpent

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Kathy Mazur

Visual Artist

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Nanci Goldberg

Owner, Ketchup City Creative