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Dig into press releases and announcements, learn more about our artist and organization members, current events, tips and more.

For interviews with the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, image use requests, commentary and any other media questions, please contact Kristen Wishon, senior director of external affairs, at 412-391-2060 ext. 227.

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    May 9, 2022

    We want to know how you’re doing, really: Community survey open until June 17, 2022

    The last time the Arts Council conducted an arts community survey was in 2018. Do you know the exact changes in our community since then? We can guess. But that’s why community participation in this survey is so important. Learn more about the community survey and how you can participate!
  • André Solomon, manager of programs at the Arts Council

    April 12, 2022

    See You Later: A Note from André Solomon, Manager of Programs

    André Solomon began at the Arts Council as an intern, eventually becoming our first Manager of Programs. Join us in wishing Andre all the best in his next adventure at Creative Generation. Read his letter of gratitude to all the arts communities he's worked with over the last few years.
  • Rehearsal Spaces in Pittsburgh

    April 6, 2022

    Resource Round-Up: Rehearsal Spaces in Pittsburgh

    The two most important ingredients for launching a performance are money and space. Pittsburgh performing artists are looking for more spaces to rehearse. This doesn’t necessarily mean that rehearsal spaces need to be dance studios or theatre spaces. Here are a few of the resources we could find to connect artists with space. We’ve organized this resource round-up by “music rehearsal” and “performing arts rehearsal" categories, and those who distinctly fit both.
  • Text: Job Post Round-Up Early April

    April 1, 2022

    Job Listing Round-Up: Early April

    Looking for employment as an artist or administrator in Pittsburgh? Our staff regularly collects job descriptions in the community, as well as calls for artists.
  • A self-portrait of Kirsten Ervin in paint. Kirsten wears a blue striped shirt and a green striped hat, glasses, and has curly brown hair.

    March 31, 2022

    Kirsten Ervin Bids Farewell to the Women in the Arts Network

    This is a farewell letter. I have so enjoyed creating a community with all of you over the last two years. I have loved witnessing the growing participation on the Facebook page, seeing all your beautiful artwork on Show Your Work Monday, observing the wonderful support you give to one another, reading your stories about how you began making art or performing, and listening to what inspires you. Thank you for sharing so much and for making this such a vibrant, supportive online community. It’s been a joy to witness.
  • Text: Photo Studios in Pittsburgh

    March 25, 2022

    Resource Round-Up: Production Studios In Pittsburgh

    Are you looking for a space to take photos or produce videos? Finding the right studio space in Pittsburgh for your project can often be a little tricky.   Here’s a list of studio spaces in the Pittsburgh area to help connect you with the creative space you need. Studio spaces are categorized by location, lighting, equipment, and more to help you find the right fit.
  • Text: Update: Findings

    March 17, 2022

    Town Hall Update: Uncovering Findings from Community Discussions

    You made your voice heard, and it's time for us to share all that you said! The following summary of our findings and supporting quotes will help shape our work for years to come, but it is our hope that all artists and arts organizations will also find some nuggets of information that may guide their process as well.
  • Unique Identifier Update

    March 14, 2022

    Want Federal Funds? You’ll Need to Switch Unique Identifying Numbers 

    We received $500,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts to redistribute to artists and organizations in our community this summer. Before you can apply for this grant, you’ll need to create a specific ID number through the federal government. The federal government is replacing the current method (DUNS Number) with the Unique Entity ID (SAM) as of April 14th. This might take some time, so we recommend you apply for a Unique Entity ID (UEI) now. 
  • Search Bar: Recording Studios in Pittsburgh

    March 11, 2022

    Resource Round-Up: Recording Studios In Pittsburgh 

    Are you looking for a space to record music? The Greater Pittsburgh area does not disappoint when it comes to options for music studios. We’ve gathered a list of recording studios in or around Pittsburgh where you can crank the audio, create, and collaborate. 
  • Text: Update: Process. A board of stickie notes.

    March 10, 2022

    Town Hall Update: Process

    To be responsive to our communities changing needs, we held a series of three town hall meetings that illuminated how our role in the arts community must stay steady and change. We’re sharing the results of these town halls so you can learn with us and apply findings that speak to you in your own organizations or arts practice. This article is the first of a three-part series.  
  • Pittsburgh Glass Center, 2020

    March 1, 2022

    What happened to Arts Council memberships?

    We know it’s been a while since you’ve heard from us about membership. That’s because when the pandemic first shut down our region’s arts and cultural institutions, we knew the best way to support our members was by continuing to provide resources, funding, and advocacy, regardless of membership dues. Learn more about what's been going on since then.
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    October 28, 2021

    Impacts of the Pandemic & How Audiences Interact with the Arts

    After a full year of data collection and responses from more than 12,000 individuals, it’s clear that the impact of the pandemic on our interaction with the arts and culture sector will continue to change. In September 2020, the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council commissioned research firm WolfBrown to implement its COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor study with a cohort of 27 arts and cultural organizations in the Pittsburgh region.

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    October 26, 2021

    Pittsburgh’s Candidates for Mayor Open Up about the Arts

    Earlier this year, we talked with the 2021 candidates for mayor of the City of Pittsburgh about the importance of the arts and culture economy in their administration. The election is just days away on November 2nd, and Democrat Ed Gainey and Republican Tony Moreno are vying for one of the most important roles in the city. How have the arts impacted their lives, and will this impact their administration if elected?

  • Girl with Ball - Carnegie Museum 2020

    October 14, 2021

    Free Training: De-escalating Conflict & Potentially Violent Situations

    Have you interacted with the front-of-house staff at an arts and culture facility recently? Give them a high-five or socially distanced fist bump next time you see them. With the ever-changing conditions of the pandemic, front-line staff are often the first to deal with the good and the bad of customer service issues and concerns related to the mitigation of COVID-19.

  • André Solomon, manager of programs at the Arts Council

    October 1, 2021

    Artist Spotlight: The Many Hats of André Solomon

    André Solomon's roles in the Pittsburgh community stretch far beyond that of our Manager of Programs. Before he joined our team, André was an artist member of the Arts Council in the fall of 2019. We hope you enjoy learning about life in music and arts administration for André Solomon.

  • Veronica Morgan-Lee

    August 13, 2021

    Veronica Morgan-Lee, Ph.D. Becomes Chair of Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Board of Directors

    The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council has appointed Dr. Veronica Morgan-Lee, director of fund development at Hill Dance Academy Theatre (HDAT), as its new Chair of its Board of Directors. Dr. Morgan-Lee has been a member of the Arts Council's board of directors since 2014 and previously served as board secretary.

  • Dr. Brittany Trotter | Photo by Nadine Photography

    August 12, 2021

    Artist Spotlight: Flutist Dr. Brittany Trotter Leaves Pittsburgh Better Than She Found It

    Prize-winning flutist Dr. Brittany Trotter leads a diverse career as an educator, soloist and collaborator, who performs, teaches, and lectures throughout the United States. When she's not featured at flute conventions and competitions, you can find her hard at work studying.

  • Robert Little Painting Studio (2019, photo credit: Stacy Larson)

    June 14, 2021

    Getting in Touch with Touchstone Center for Crafts: Arts Organization Spotlight

    Vacation on your mind? We’re thinking about Touchstone Center for Crafts, a craft school immersed in the beautiful mountains of the Laurel Highlands. They have uncovered three arts administration takeaways from the pandemic that shouldn’t be missed.

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    June 7, 2021

    Grant Announcement: Changes to PCA State Grant Programs

    The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) recently announced changes to its state-funded grant programs, including that it will be sunsetting its Project Stream Grant program due to post-pandemic fiscal impacts and changes in funding priorities.

  • Natiq at Spirit Wall in Lawrenceville collaborative mural with Black Monarch. Photo by Natiq

    May 11, 2021

    Spotlight: Pittsburgh’s Natiq Jalil Talks New Projects, Advice, and Arts Equity

    Natiq Jalil lives in the future. His Afrofuturist artwork, newly launched Black Artist Collective “The Coloured Section,” and his involvement with the Black Arts Action Committee are all setting the stage for a better tomorrow.