Press Room


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For interviews with the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, image use requests, commentary and any other media questions, please email Kristen Wishon, senior director of external affairs, or call 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.
  • April 5, 2022

    Grants Totaling $100,000 Awarded in State Funding to Local Creative Businesses

    Fifty Western Pennsylvania creative entrepreneurs were awarded a total of $100,000 from the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council to support their business’ general operations as part of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts’ (PCA) Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator program. Grants are used to start or operate a creative business in addition to providing access to free business consultations through local providers.  
  • 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.
  • December 21, 2021

    Arts Council Awards $48,000 to 24 Local Creative Entrepreneurs

    Twenty-four Western Pennsylvania creative entrepreneurs have been awarded a total of $48,000 from the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council to support their business' general operations in the first distribution of funds from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts' Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator program. Grants range from $500 to $2,000 and go toward starting or operating a creative business in Allegheny, Beaver, Greene, and Washington counties.

  • December 13, 2021

    Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council to Receive $500,000 from the NEA to Re-grant Into Allegheny County

    The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council has been selected to receive a $500,000 American Rescue Plan grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to help the arts and cultural sector recover from the pandemic. The Arts Council plans to regrant these funds to small nonprofit organizations and independent artists in Allegheny County in 2022.

  • November 29, 2021

    Arts Council Opens Applications Today for Two State Grant Programs for Arts Organizations

    Two grant programs open today for arts organizations that provide ongoing public art programs in Pennsylvania. The state funds are regranted by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council for applicants in Allegheny, Beaver, Greene and Washington counties on behalf of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA).

  • November 23, 2021

    Local visual artists work featured in unlikely business space in downtown Pittsburgh

    Pittsburgh—November 23, 2021– Artwork from the Industrial Arts Workshop and independent local artists Staycee Pearl and Eva Trout has transformed the main lobby at 11 Stanwix Street into an art exhibition. The exhibition is open to the public until February 2022 and all art pieces are for sale through the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council's Art on the Walls program.

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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.

  • October 5, 2021

    New Fund Supports Emerging Creative Entrepreneurs Allegheny, Beaver, Greene, and Washington Counties

    Creative entrepreneurs can now access small business consulting services and critical financial resources through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts’ Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator program, administered by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council for applicants in Allegheny, Beaver, Greene, and Washington counties. This program offers $500 to $2,000 in support of creative entrepreneurs starting a business or currently operating a micro-business in creative fields such as marketing, architecture, visual arts, crafts, design, film and media, digital games, music, entertainment, and publishing.

  • 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.

  • September 1, 2021

    Intermission is Over: Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Declares it’s Time to ‘Restart the Arts’

    Today, the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council kicks off a campaign to support the safe reopening of Pittsburgh's arts venues for in-person events this fall. In support of all Pittsburgh-area arts organizations, the 'Restart the Arts' campaign highlights how audiences can return to venues while continuing to be safe.

  • August 19, 2021

    Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Urges Public to Vaccinate in Support of Arts Community

    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.

  • 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.

  • July 21, 2021

    Arts Council Awards $10,000 to Nine Western Pennsylvania Teaching Artists

    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.

  • Audience and Visitor Attitudes About Engaging with Pittsburgh’s Arts Sector During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic

    July 7, 2021

    Pittsburgh Study Highlights Data on Arts Audiences, COVID-19 and Returning to the Arts

    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.

  • Christine Leach

    June 30, 2021

    Artist Relations Manager Christiane Leach Steps Down After 15 Years with the Arts Council

    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.

  • Dek Ingraham

    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.

  • 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.

  • GPAC Logo (Stacked)

    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.

  • May 10, 2021

    New Fund Provides Support to Arts Sector by Offsetting Costs Related to COVID-19

    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.

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    May 5, 2021

    Focus on Arts: Questions for Pittsburgh’s Mayoral Candidates

    Four candidates are vying for the role of mayor of Pittsburgh during this month’s primary election on May 18. The role of mayor can have a huge impact on Pittsburgh’s arts and culture sector, including funding for arts institutions, arts education, opportunities for public art, and housing and economics affecting artists, and arts tourism.

  • Mannequin Heads at Randyland

    April 22, 2021

    Studio Space Directory by Pittsburgh Artists, for Pittsburgh Artists

    Are you looking for a shared or private space to dedicate to your arts practice? We've heard from our members that finding studio space in Pittsburgh can often be a little tricky. So, we're working on a list of studio spaces in the Pittsburgh area to help connect you with the space you need.

  • Antiracist scholar Ibram X Kendi is met with a standing ovation after his Ten Evenings lecture in October, 2019. Photo credit Renee Rosensteel

    April 9, 2021

    Reading Between the Vaccination Lines: How Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures is Leaping Off the Page, April Arts Organization Member Spotlight

    After successfully transitioning to online programming and expanding offerings to schools and communities, this literary staple has found even more ways to flourish in the wake of 2020. Read this month's arts organization spotlight to sneak a peek into what makes Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures' programming so evergreen.

  • Mannequin Heads at Randyland

    March 22, 2021

    Printing Resources Directory by Pittsburgh Artists, for Pittsburgh Artists

    Have you been searching for a good quality printer in the area to support your art practice? We've collected a list of printing services in the Pittsburgh area to help connect you with printers that artists already love. We've linked some of these to their pages on PittsburghArtistResources.org, where businesses can share their services for artists. None of these mentions are sponsored, and most were recommended in conversations with artists on our social media.

  • March 18, 2021

    Advocacy Alert | March 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

    New Grant Provides up to $2,000 for Teaching Artists in Western Pennsylvania

    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.

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    February 9, 2021

    The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh: February Member Organization Spotlight

    Pittsburgh knows the value of a choir (after all, 1 in 6 adults participate in one). But what happens when they can no longer harmonize in person? We sat down with the Bach Choir to learn how a musical ensemble can survive and thrive.