The Pittsburgh Foundation

Exposure Artists Program

LeFawn Barefoot, a multidisciplinary artist, puts the finishing touches on her latest pieces. Her current body of work is centered on ancestor veneration, snake medicine, mindfulness, and release. Photo by Kitoko Chargois.
LeFawn Barefoot, a multidisciplinary artist, puts the finishing touches on her latest pieces. Her current body of work is centered on ancestor veneration, snake medicine, mindfulness, and release. Photo by Kitoko Chargois.

Sponsored by The Pittsburgh Foundation and Opportunity Fund, the Exposure Artists Program is guided by a shared belief in the need to support creative practice, to cultivate and fund diversity, and to advocate for racial justice in the arts community.

Exposure aims to elevate the work of artists through activities that create/generate/enhance visibility for the creative process, artwork and societal issues of our time.

An information session will provide prospective applicants an overview of the program, further explain eligibility criteria, and answer any questions that organizations have about the application process or program guidelines.

FUNDING STREAMS

Applicants may apply one of the following funding streams per year. Read full program guidelines for more details.

  • Individual artists and collectives (up to seven grants):
    • Individual artists - Two-year grants of up to $20,000 (up to $10,000 each year for up to two years).
    • Collectives - Two-year grants of up to $30,000 (up to $15,000 each year for up to two years).
  • Transformative justice (minimum of three grants):
    • Individual artists - Two-year grants of up to $20,000 (up to $10,000 each year for up to two years).
    • Collectives - Two-year grants of up to $30,000 (up to $15,000 each year for up to two years).
  • First-time grantees (total of three, one-year grants up to $5,000)

ELIGIBILITY

  • At least 18 years of age.
  • Resident of Allegheny County. Collectives must be located within Allegheny County.
  • Prospective applicants may apply to only one (1) funding stream per year.
  • Attend an information session prior to applying (register below).

For collectives: Members of a collective may also be eligible to apply as an individual artist. One collective may only submit one application as a collective.

For transformative justice applicants: Individuals and collectives identifying as BIPOC may apply.

IMPORTANT DATES

Information Sessions (register below) July 20 or Aug. 12, 2021 via Zoom
Application opens Thursday, July 8, 2021
Application deadline Monday, Sept. 13, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
Grant decisions No later than Nov. 30, 2021

ATTEND AN INFORMATION SESSION

Applicants must attend at least one information session prior to applying for funding. If you need other accommodations, please email arts [at] pghfdn.org as soon as possible.

Register to attend the Information session on Aug. 12

If you are unable to attend an information session or have additional questions, please email arts [at] pghfdn.org.