Award #45: 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 #44: 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…

Award #42: Keep ARTisan Alive

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 #41: 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…

Award #40: Busk Street Stage

You may be hearing some soulful tunes emanating from a corner in Squirrel Hill in the near future, thanks to our latest grantwinner, Busk Street Stage. Eric Sloss is the man behind this idea; an artist, writer and creative strategist for Shift Collaborative, he started a busker advocacy program for buskers over a decade ago but…

Award #39: 76<100

76<100, a retail pop-up shop created to raise awareness of gender wage inequality, is the latest recipient of an Awesome Pittsburgh grant. The eponymous project reflects the U.S. Dept. of Labor statistic showing that the median earnings of full time female workers in Pennsylvania are 76% of that of males. During the month of April,…

Award #38: Operation Valor Arts

Monuments interpreting the experience of the American soldier and sailor are typically designed and built by professional artists with no military experience. That’s why Operation Valor Arts’ grant-winning project struck a chord with the trustees this month. Operation Valor Arts: A Veterans Initiative is a new veteran non-profit in Pittsburgh wherein public artwork is produced by veterans, for veterans….

EVENT: New-Fashioned Funding – Which One is Right for Your Awesome Idea?

Calling all artists, innovators, entrepreneurs, dreamers… Do you have an awesome idea in need of funding? On February 4th, Awesome Pittsburgh and Fygment invite you to learn about some of the nontraditional funding sources available to Pittsburghers.  Special guests from Indiegogo will give tips for running a successful crowdfunding campaign and will then be joined…

Award #36: Pittsburgh’s Smallest Jazz Club

Imagine hearing jazz outdoors. Not too difficult since Pittsburgh offers many jazz concerts that take place outdoors in nice weather. Take that image up a notch, and picture yourself listening to jazz on your headphones while waiting for the bus in January. Then take your imagination one step further:  your fellow bus patron presses a button…