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September 14, 2023
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August 19, 2021
In support of Pittsburgh-area arts venues and organizations, the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council urges the public to vaccinate, mask and follow emerging safety protocols in support of the arts community's safe return to in-person events this fall.
July 21, 2021
Pittsburgh – July 21, 2021 – Nine Western Pennsylvania teaching artists and arts educators have received a total of $10,000 to support career training and other professional development opportunities in the first distribution of funds from the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council’s Teaching Artist Opportunity Grant. Awarded grants range from $250 to $2,000.
July 7, 2021
A new report by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council highlights the opportunities and challenges that Pittsburgh's arts industry faces as Pennsylvania begins to reopen. Released today, the report features a summary of data collected from 27 Pittsburgh-area arts organizations and their audiences as part of research firm WolfBrown's COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor in partnership with the Arts Council.
June 30, 2021
Christiane Leach, artist relations manager, will be leaving the Arts Council after 15 years of dedicated service to the arts community. Join us in celebrating Christiane’s career and community impact.
June 24, 2021
Longtime Arts Council Staff Member Dek Ingraham to Join Shady Side Academy and Hillman Center for Performing Arts
June 24, 2021 – The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council announces today that longtime staff member and arts administrator Dek Ingraham will be leaving the Arts Council at this end of this month to pursue exciting new opportunities locally.
May 10, 2021
Pittsburgh – May 10, 2021 – Arts nonprofits and venues in Western Pennsylvania can soon access financial relief for costs related to COVID-19 venue and staff safety measures thanks to a new grant program by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. The Audience Safety Fund provides reimbursements of up to $500 for the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other venue safety upgrades in response to the pandemic to organizations with budgets of $500,000 or less.
March 18, 2021
What’s going on with PA’s COVID-19 restrictions? And how can arts organizations receive support through the new American Rescue Plan? Mitch Swain, CEO of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, reviews the most recent state and federal arts advocacy news and resources.
February 9, 2021
A new grant program of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (GPAC) will provide up to $2,000 to support Western Pennsylvania teaching artists and arts educators seeking career training and other professional development opportunities. Applications for the grant program open on Monday, February 15.
November 12, 2020
Pittsburgh joins a cohort of cities worldwide to administer a five-month-long COVID-19 survey to 23 local arts organizations and their audiences. The effort is led by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, which contracted WolfBrown to implement its COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor.
August 26, 2020
The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council’s Art on the Walls program opened its newest art exhibition this month at Eleven Stanwix, a Downtown Pittsburgh office and retail building.
June 24, 2020
The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, in partnership with more than 40 regional museums and cultural institutions, is launching an expanded version of Artsburgh.org, its major events website to promote arts and culture in the area.
June 10, 2020
Black lives matter. Recognizing and challenging inequities is the collective responsibility of all of us in the arts. We hold this philosophy at the Arts Council and share the nationwide grief, anger, and outrage at the deaths of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Antwon Rose, and all the victims of systemic racism, police brutality, white supremacy, and oppression.
April 22, 2020
Arts Council Receives $150,000 from Foundations and Individuals to Support Artists Impacted by COVID-19
The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (GPAC) has received nearly $150,000 for its Emergency Fund for Artists thanks to a combination of individual giving and foundation support since pivoting its fund in mid-March to support those affected by the current pandemic. However, more than $80,000 is needed in order for the Arts Council to support all incoming applicants.
March 17, 2020
In response to COVID-19's impact on the arts community, the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council has temporarily expanded the application guidelines of its Emergency Fund for Artists to cover up to $500 in loss of income due to coronavirus-related closings. The Arts Council is also asking for help raising funds to support the Emergency Fund.
March 16, 2020
The Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak is sure to have an impact on our region’s arts and culture industry and economy. Like many of you, the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council is monitoring the spread of the virus and planning for its impacts to our business activities and upcoming events. While at this time, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Allegheny County, we encourage everyone in our community to be prepared should the virus reach our region.
December 16, 2019
Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council announced five local artists will receive $10,000 total in awards as part of its December 2019 round of Artist Opportunity Grants. These grants provide financial support for artists to access professional development opportunities to support their creative careers.
November 22, 2019
This month the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council announced the distribution of $69,891 in Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) Project Stream grants across the seven-county Greater Pittsburgh region. The Arts Council honored the 41 grantees during a grant ceremony on Wednesday, November 20 at the Arts Council’s Downtown Pittsburgh office.
August 22, 2019
Pittsburghers are invited to celebrate Pennsylvania’s outstanding artists, cultural leaders, and creative innovator during the 2019 Governor’s Awards for the Arts on Friday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. For the first time since 1997, Pittsburgh is hosting the statewide ceremony recognizing the highest standards of artistry and the significant role the arts play in Pennsylvania’s economy, vitality, and creative spirit.
August 15, 2019
The Office of Public Art (OPA) is pleased to announce the teams selected for their new Environment, Health, and Public Art Initiative, a pilot program partnering three artists with three Pittsburgh-area organizations that have identified environment and health issues as topics of concern and advocacy. Three organizations were selected through a Request for Qualifications process. Once the organizations were selected, OPA released a national call for artists.
August 5, 2019
Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council announced $84,985 in awards as part of its Artist Opportunity Grant and Lift Grant programs, which both support the creative careers of Greater Pittsburgh artists.