Award #81: Giant Puppet Dance Party

When puppeteer Cheryl Capezzuti starts a project, she usually goes big, and by big, we mean giant. So it comes as no surprise that her next big idea involved 10 foot tall puppets. Capezzuti says it’s her latest experiment in community connection, laughter and delight. Best known for her work as creative director and master…

Awesome Pitch-burgh Party: Maker Edition!

DATE: Monday, June 18, 2018 TIME: 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. PLACE: Protohaven, 214 N Trenton Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15221 FREE TICKETS: Eventbrite Join Awesome Pittsburgh as we hear three passionate Pittsburghers pitch their maker projects to the Awesome Pittsburgh trustees, guest judges, and you! One winner will be awarded $1,000 to help carry out their vision. We’ll also…

Calling All Makers!

Have an awesome maker idea you’d like us to consider? Apply here: awesomepgh.com/how-to-apply/ and plan on joining us June 18th for our Maker Month Pitch Party. It’s going to be awesome!  

Announcing Our Next Event: Awesome Funders for Awesome Projects!

Calling all artists, innovators, entrepreneurs, dreamers… Do you have an out-of-this-world awesome idea that you need help funding? Learn about some of the nontraditional funding sources available to you at our next event! DATE: Monday, March 19, 2018 TIME: 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:00 p.m., panel discussion begins at 6:30 p.m. after the…

Award #72: White Oak EMS Search and Rescue K9 Team

Kristi Teklinski has an awesome project in the works, and surprisingly the only tools required are sealable jars, sterile cotton pads, gloves and a label. The project involves putting together human scent preservation kits, and for Teklinski, an emergency responder with the White Oak EMS Search and Rescue K9 Team (WOSAR), it’s all part of…

Award #71: Patina — The Art of Aging

When artist Suzanne Werder talks about the elderly, wisdom and beauty are characteristics often at the forefront of the conversation. She says these qualities, though, are the ones often overlooked in our society that’s centrally focused on its youth. So Werder is on a mission, intent on redrawing the way we see our aging population….

Award #70: YNGBLKPGH

Brian Burley can barely contain his enthusiasm when asked about YNGBLKPGH. That’s because the author, businessman, mentor and Pittsburgh son is eager to change society’s view about what it means to be young, black, and living in the city of Pittsburgh. Burley was spurred into action during one of his mentoring sessions. A student questioned…

Award #69: Trash Bubbles

There’s little doubt the onslaught of packaging this holiday season will bring about more than our fair share of waste. In fact, nationwide, we collectively throw out about 25% more trash from Thanksgiving through New Year’s than we do any other time of the year. Enter artist, Lynn Radford.  For the last five years she…

Award #68: 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 #67: 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…