The Power to Do Great Things
The Pittsburgh Foundation works to improve the quality of life in the Pittsburgh region by evaluating and addressing community issues, promoting responsible philanthropy, and connecting donors to the critical needs of the community.
The Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh grants program, a partnership of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments, has awarded nearly $308,000 in grants to 18 artists and arts organizations. Since its inception in 2010, the program has invested about $4 million to support contemporary artists making art rooted in the black experience, past and present. It is the only grant-making program in the region explicitly dedicated to supporting the elimination of racial disparities within the larger arts sector.
Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh grantee Mukwae Wabei Siyolwe is named in this round up of creative forces. Some are new to Pittsburgh. Others were born in the Steel City and are now just hitting their stride. They’re innovators, they’re visionaries, they’re creative forces, and they’re working to make Pittsburgh — and in some cases, the world — a better place to live.
“Equality of opportunity is a work in progress in our city. Our sector is committed to a community that is inclusive and just.” -- Maxwell King
With the long torment of the 2016 national election finally concluded, the equally tormenting analyses are beginning as to which of Donald Trump’s riffs at campaign rallies were meant just to whip up the crowd and which he intends to actually enact.
The “Psalms for Mother Emanuel” poetry project honors the memory of those killed last June in Charleston.