Award #67: TEDx Youth Blue Slide Park

Mark your calendar for November 19, 2017, when speakers, entrepreneurs, and inventors take center stage at Repair the World in Pittsburgh to share their ideas and spark conversation. There’s a twist—it will be kids who are mostly running the show. Going with the theme Create Your World, this independently organized TEDx Youth Blue Slide Park event is…

Award #66: Allentown Then and Now

Armed with cameras and tripods, groups of elementary school students from the Allentown Learning and Engagement Center (ALEC) joined Ryan Haggerty and other local photographers for an art project they call Then and Now. The mission: Capture modern day images of the Allentown and Beltzhoover neighborhoods, and display the recreated images of these neighborhoods next to…

Award #66: Free Art PGH

Who loves a scavenger hunt? Certainly count Ian Jones as an avid fan. Jones, a seasoned local photographer who moved to Pittsburgh ten years ago, touts the Steel City as his great artistic motivator. He takes the idea of a scavenger hunt one step further with a community wide movement he coined Free Art PGH….

Award #65: Spare Change

Do you know someone who can take the littlest bit of money—say a few coins—and make it go a long way? That’s exactly what the guys behind Spare Change are doing. They’re taking the spare change they make while busking (street performing) and using it to make an awesome impact in the city. The crowd…

Award #64: Kenny’s

There’s something awesome about home improvement shows that find houses and spaces that need some TLC, invest a bunch of love and energy in them, and restore them to the warm, fresh, welcoming gems they once were. It’s easy to get sucked into those programs and want to be part of a revitalization project—and that’s…

Award #63: Global Minds

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Many adults struggle to find a way to be a positive light in this tense political climate, but Peyton Klein seems to know exactly what is needed: honest, real, open communication that encourages connections. Peyton’s determined to build bridges between people to expose our humanity…

Announcing our 2017 Live Pitch Parties

Three times a year, we invite 3-4 finalists for our monthly grants to pitch their ideas to a live audience of trustees, friends, fans, and special guest judges from the neighborhood at Live Pitch events. This gives Pittsburghers a chance to hear about some of the amazing proposals we receive every month and allows applicants…

Award #62: Hope Night

Mr. Rogers once said in an interview: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am…

Award #61: Girls Write Pittsburgh

Toni Morrison. J.K. Rowling. Emily Dickinson. Maya Angelou. Harper Lee. Next in this list could be a young girl getting her writing start here in the Steel City with Girls Write Pittsburgh. Girls Write Pittsburgh is looking to build strength, skills, and self-awareness for teen girls using the power of the pen. Providing a safe, supportive, and stable…

Join us to celebrate 5 Years of Awesome!

We hope you will join us as Awesome Pittsburgh celebrates 5 years of awesome projects, people, and ideas on October 21, 2016 at 6 pm at Spirit in Lawrenceville. Five years ago, Pittsburgh City Council proclaimed October 18th to be Awesome Pittsburgh Day in the City of Pittsburgh (pdf), marking the launch of Awesome Pittsburgh. Since then, 1,500+…

Award #58: Project Ignite

Consider a high school education in which students design an iPhone app, build a hologram projector, construct a minecraft server, and design quadcopters. This is not your mama’s high school curriculum! Project Ignite is a student run outreach organization at Carnegie Mellon University offering a project-based educational program for high school students in the Pittsburgh…

Award #56: John Riegert

In 2015, Brett Yasko invited 400 artists from a diverse set of genres to portray his friend, John Riegert, himself an artist.  Fifteen years ago, John began suffering from mental illness and much of his world had unraveled over the subsequent years.  Brett couldn’t compensate the artists for their time or materials, but hoped a few artists…