Award #39: 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 #38: Gender Wage Inequality Made More Palpable by 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 #37: 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…

Award #35: Iron Garden Walk

Our 35th awardee celebrates the partnership of the Penn State Master Gardener Program, local Pittsburgh artists, and Rivers of Steel. The Iron Garden Walk interprets the interplay between wild gardens and a living laboratory, and explores the ideas of sustainability at the Carrie Furnaces, located in Rankin, PA. The partners have created interpretive cast iron…

Award #34: Ramble League

Katie Ford’s recent project, Ramble League, uses the intimate, co-working experience of a tandem bicycle ride as the start for conversations with local artists. Ford is an artist and printmaker exploring social and spatial relationships. She moved to Pittsburgh in 2012, intrigued by its emergent cultural scene and what she senses is a “collective momentum”…

Come celebrate with us: Awesome Pittsburgh turns 3!

Celebrate Awesome Pittsburgh’s third anniversary at the Pittsburgh Public Market along with former and future grantwinners, partners, and friends! Monday, November 10 at 5:30pm – 8:30pm Pittsburgh Public Market, 2401 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222 Awesome Pittsburgh is honored to have given grants to 35 awesome projects in Pittsburgh over the past three years. Hear from…

Award #33: Diverse Mothering Initiative

Cindy Mendoza is a mother of three boys whose passion is motherhood.  She grew up in both Wilkinsburg and the Hill District and her grant winning project, Diverse Mothering Initiative, is a reflection of that urban childhood. The things she most values in life–writing, reading, exploration, and conversation–revolve around children or ideas and experiences she…

Award #32: Mobile Sculpture Workshop

Andy Prisbylla serves as the project administrator for the Mobile Sculpture Workshop (MSW), a pilot program of the Industrial Arts Cooperative (IAC), whose mission is to inspire artistic literacy in the Pittsburgh region by offering enrichment opportunities that advance the understanding and process of sculpture-making artists and their work. MSW is a Pennsylvania-based summer workshop…

Awesome Aside: Carla Garfield

Awesome Pittsburgh is only possible because of the grant winners, trustees, volunteers, and other patrons of awesome who keep this thing going month after month. In our Awesome Asides, we find out what really makes awesome Pittsburghers tick. Our third profile features Carla Garfield. Her application earned the Bandi Schaum Art in the Garden project our 30th $1,000…

Awesome Aside: Tina Tuminella

Awesome Pittsburgh is only possible because of the grant winners, trustees, volunteers, and other patrons of awesome who keep this thing going month after month. In our Awesome Asides, we find out what really makes awesome Pittsburghers tick. Our second profile features Tina Tuminella, our Awesome Ambassador and queen of PR. 1)     Who are you?  What do…