Award #51: The Long Song

The Long Song: “Exactly the Kind of Unique Idea that Awesome Pittsburgh Likes to Make Possible” The Long Song has existed in Jennifer Nagle Myers’ sketchbook for years but on May 22, along Penn Avenue from Highland Avenue to Main Street, her idea will spring to life. The Long Song is not just a song,…

Award #49: CEEMI

Quirky, Techie, Experimental, Musical Project Earns Awesome Pittsburgh’s First  Grant of the Year Wanna CEEMI?, February’s recipient of a $1000 Awesome Pittsburgh grant, was developed by multimedia artist and classical guitar instructor Gil Teixeira, a native of Portugal. Gil began CEEMI in London as part of his final project of his Music Leadership Masters program…

Award #47 Sugar and Spice Ice Cream Boat

    Talk about novel. There are houseboats, showboats, powerboats and dreamboats, but how about ICE CREAM BOATS? Seriously original. Which is why Kevin Heenan’s project won over the hearts and minds of Awesome Pittsburgh trustees who voted for Sugar and Spice Ice Cream Boat to receive the $1000 grant to put this grand idea in motion. Kevin’s motivation…

Award #46: SisterFriend

During one of her personal volunteering stints, Tamara Whiting recognized an overlooked and under-discussed need of Pittsburgh women living in poverty: feminine hygiene products. Says Whiting, “Women living in poverty typically know where to find a safe place to sleep or a hot meal to eat. But when it comes to thinking about feminine care,…

Award #45: H3O/OO3

Recent Awesome Pittsburgh grant recipient Steve Gurysh is the co-founder and co-director—along with Scott Andrew—of the Drift, an artist-run platform that creates temporary art while exploring the three rivers in Pittsburgh. H3O/OO3 is one in a series of single evening performances held beneath the Veteran’s Bridge along the north shore of the Allegheny River that…

Award #44: Black Girls Do Bike

Lest you think that black girls can’t or don’t or won’t ride a bicycle, this project is here to educate you otherwise. Note: it helps, when pronouncing this project out loud, to stress the word “DO” because this group wants you to know that black girls and women really DO bike. Seriously. Monica Garrison, founder…

Award #43: Poetry Houses

Poetry Houses are bright, funky, fun, unexpected, Pittsburgh-specific, and in-your-face. Imagine as you walk through the city–on your way to work or during an evening out with friends—seeing a tiny wooden box on the sidewalk. Behind that box’s plexiglass door are four postcard-sized poems, free for the taking. Every two weeks, a brand new batch…

Artisan Leaves a Mark on Awesome Pittsburgh Trustees

In 2011, in an empty store front on Penn Avenue in Garfield, artists Meliora and Jason Angst opened Artisan, a tattoo shop and art gallery. Artisan has since grown into a community of artists whose renowned abilities are considered “sophisticatedly stylish.” Plans were in place to open a café and a hostel hosting global artists and to continue…

Awesome in Braddock: Our Live Pitch Night Happens June 15th!

Every month, Awesome Pittsburgh trustees award one $1,000 grant to a project that will make Pittsburgh a more awesome place. The selection process has always happened behind closed doors… until now! Please join us for a Live Pitch event at The Brew Gentleman in Braddock on June 15th from 6:00 to 8:30 PM. Four Awesome…

Award #40: Pittonkatonk Collaborative Educational Workshop

“Pittonkatonk” does not roll off the tongue easily. It sounds like an unfamiliar Native American tribe or perhaps a mechanical part to repair an obscure instrument. But it is neither. What it is, however, is worthy of an Awesome Pittsburgh grant. So what is it? Pittonkatonk is a first-of-its-kind brass festival which is completely volunteer run.The event…