Sponsored by The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation, Investing in Professional Artists: The Pittsburgh Region Artists Program is guided by a shared belief in artistic excellence, creative development, and the need for continuous career advancement. Professional artists’ self-directed pursuit of new ideas, opportunities, and skills are essential to the region’s cultural vitality. This program provides resources to professional artists for the breadth of the creative process, from concept to completion. While the program does not require presentation of a fully realized work, it challenges artists to seek to produce the artworks that will define our times, our region, and our lives.
The goals of the program are
To support the creative development of professional artists in the region
To create career advancement and recognition opportunities
To incentivize creative partnerships between artists and local cultural organizations
To increase the visibility of independent working artists in the region’s cultural life.
Investing in Professional Artists is composed of four major components:
Creative Development Grants: Professional artists in any discipline/media and at any career stage may apply directly for grants up to $10,000 to further artistic and career goals.
Residencies at Arts Organizations: Arts organizations may apply for grants up to $35,000 to host a residency with local, national, or international artists.
Artist Achievement Awards: This program was launched in 2012. Two awards of $15,000 will be given annually to an established artist and an emerging artist in recognition of exemplary artistic achievements and promise for future work. Candidates will be considered by nomination only.
Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Artist Opportunity Fund: Grants from $250 to $2,500 are awarded to support expenses related to specific, extraordinary opportunities that significantly impact an artist’s work and professional development. Funding supports travel to professional conferences, residency fees, exhibition/performance opportunities, etc. For more information call the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council at (412) 391-2060 or visit www.pittsburghartscouncil.org.
The foundations will also promote grantees through media outlets and special events to heighten community awareness of the importance and achievements of artists in the region. For more information about Investing in Professional Artists contact: Marilyn Coleman, Project Consultant, at firstname.lastname@example.org.