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…

Award #55: Traveling Accessible Playground

Ian Neumaier explained the idea behind the Traveling Accessible Playground in his application: On the playground, what do inclusive groups of children, with and without disabilities, have to build together, throw at one another, and fight over? Often nothing. Ian’s organization, Find Some Flow, believes play and playfulness is for the masses. That attitude won…

Award #54: Street Side Karaoke

We all have a favorite song whose lyrics are indelibly etched in our brains, but would you sing that song publicly and on the street? The Street Side Karaoke project, winner of Awesome Pittsburgh’s latest grant, seeks to find out. This is not your mama’s karaoke. Street Side Karaoke is served up with a twist:…

Award #53: Doors Open Pittsburgh

If you’ve ever house hunted, you know the best part is gaining access to interior spaces which are typically inaccessible. Imagine gaining entry inside old buildings that reveal Pittsburgh’s rich history. Picture yourself standing on stage at Heinz Hall, smiling behind the Mayor’s desk for a photo opp or discovering a vault. Earlier this summer,…

Award #52: 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,…