The Power to Do Great Things
Seventy-five artists from the region who are Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) have received micro-grants of $1,000 each from The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Center for Philanthropy. The awards were funded through the Foundation’s Mac Miller Fund.
In 2019, Aeryn Lesesne, graduated from high school as the valedictorian of Pittsburgh Online Academy, a Pittsburgh Public School. Now she’s a secondary English education major at Point Park University. After she finishes college, Lesesne says she hopes to return to a district like Pittsburgh Public — but not as a student. “My aspiration is to make a difference as an educator.”
Since its 2010 inception, True T has transformed its mission and service to LGBTQ+ Pittsburghers. True T began as an organization of celebration and entertainment and now serves as a community hub also providing health and safety resources for LGBTQ+ individuals queer arts and activism.
Aganga-Williams first came to Pittsburgh in 2000 to settle one of her daughters at Duquesne University. Twenty-one years later, she’s still here.
Smallwood is a photojournalist and documentary filmmaker based in Pittsburgh.