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December 21, 2021
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
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
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
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.
October 28, 2021
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.
October 26, 2021
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?
October 14, 2021
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.
October 1, 2021
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
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
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.
August 13, 2021
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.
August 12, 2021
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
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.
June 14, 2021
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.
June 7, 2021
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.
May 11, 2021
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
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.
May 5, 2021
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.
April 22, 2021
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.
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.
March 22, 2021
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
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.
February 9, 2021
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.