Information Session

Established by The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation in 2010, the Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh program focuses on building the careers of artists, strengthening black cultural organizations, and increasing the visibility and success of artistic expression by individuals of African descent as a key component of the region’s cultural sector. Join us for an information session on the program’s goals and a presentation of the 2015 application guidelines on Thursday, Feb. 12, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., at The Hill House’s Hillman Auditorium, 1825 Centre Ave.

Crossing Fences stories reflect King’s legacy

In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, The Heinz Endowments is highlighting SLB Radio Production’s Crossing Fences oral history project, which features African American men who are following Dr. King’s example of commitment to service, equality and leadership. The multimedia initiative uses recorded conversations to connect generations of black boys, youth and men in three Pittsburgh-area communities. Among those men interviewed this year are, top to bottom, Richard Bradford, Fred Brown and Maurice Wigley. Read this blog post in THE Point, Crossing Fences stories reflect King’s legacy, written by Carmen J. Lee.

Breathe Cam is live!

Discover more about the air you breathe by watching Breathe Cam’s high-resolution panoramas of Pittsburgh’s skyline and other views of the region. The zoomable live camera feed, historical time-lapses, embedded monitoring data and newly designed features to rapidly identify events of interest will enable you to see how pollution affects visibility and will increase your understanding of its impact on your health. This powerful camera system is another tool you can use to help improve and protect our air.

Funded by The Heinz Endowments as part of its Breathe Project, Breathe Cam was developed and deployed by the CREATE Lab in Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute.  WATCH BREATHE CAM.

Heinz Endowments Social Media

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Girl Power

"Girl Power," written by Leah Samuel with photography by John Altdorfer, describes a Heinz Endowments grantmaking strategy that focuses on the challenging middle school years as the right time to encourage girls such as 13-year-old Rayquel Stevenson to reach their fullest potential. (Photo by John Altdorfer)

Creative Assets

Solo artists like Julie Sokolow, Mark Clayton Southers, Natalie Settles and Miguel Sague III, shown left to right, have always enriched Pittsburgh’s arts and cultural scene. "Creative Assets," written by Christine O'Toole with photography by Noah Purdy, details a two-year-old partnership between The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation that is expanding creative opportunities for these artists and providing needed support for their work. (Photos by Noah Purdy)

Downtown and Upbeat

Downtown Pittsburgh is on the upswing, attracting an increasing number of people and investors to the heart of the city. In the h magazine cover story "Downtown and Upbeat," writer Jeffery Fraser describes how a more vibrant Downtown has been a big plus for Pittsburgh's economy, reputation and even its self-image. (Photo by John Altdorfer)


The Legacy Arts Project is a performing and cultural arts organization that shares song and dance through community interaction in the hopes of keeping the history and traditions of African art alive. LAP touches the lives of young and old alike in i... Read More

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The Heinz Endowments

The Heinz Endowments was formed from the Howard Heinz Endowment, established in 1941, and the Vira I. Heinz Endowment, established in 1986.

Our vision is for southwestern Pennsylvania to prosper as a premier place to both live and work, as a center for learning and educational excellence, and as a home to diversity and inclusion.

Our mission is to help our region thrive as a whole community – economically, ecologically, educationally and culturally – while advancing the state of knowledge and practice in the fields in which we work. Our fields of emphasis include philanthropy in general and the disciplines represented by our five grant-making programs: Arts & Culture; Children, Youth & Families; Education; Environment; and Community & Economic Development.


Downtown and Upbeat

"Downtown and Upbeat," written by Jeffery Fraser describes how Downtown Pittsburgh is on the upswing, attracting an increasing number of people and investors to the heart of the city. That's been a big plus for Pittsburgh's economy, reputation and even its self-image.



Blog: THE Point


Crossing Fences stories reflect King’s legacy

By Carmen J. Lee

Observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day provides an opportunity to express appreciation of men like those who participated in the Crossing Fences oral history project and are following Dr. King’s example of commitment to service, equality and leadership.


Particle Falls - it's enlightening.

By Philip Johnson

Art meets Science: Andrea Polli's artwork and real-time visualization of air quality data in downtown Pittsburgh shows us in a compelling way that we still have a lot of work to do in cleaning-up our air pollution problem.


Fourteen years of war: are we doing enough?

By Megan Andros

Today marks our record 14th consecutive Veterans Day at war. But are we doing enough to support veterans and military families who have sacrificed so much on our behalf?

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