Stan Thompson standing in front of a purple background.  He is wearing glasses, a white shirt and a blue sweater with a tie. Photo by The Heinz Endowments
One the right, a young African American boy is looking through a pair of binoculars. On the left, magnetic letters spell out, "Hello. Hi. Good Day." Scott Roller
Collage of previous awardees of the Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh Program, with the name of the program in the middle of the collage.

Endowments launches Pittsburgh Readiness Institute to train students to apply knowledge to real-world challenges

The Heinz Endowments has launched the Pittsburgh Readiness Institute, a new education initiative to help youth and young adults meet the employment and civic demands of a rapidly changing society. The Endowments’ Senior Director of Education Stan Thompson will serve as Executive Director of PRI. 

Read the NEXTpittsburgh story on PRI here

$10M funding for pre-natal to age 3 wellbeing and education

The Heinz Endowments has committed $10 million over three years to support a pre-natal to age 3 wellbeing initiative. The initiative focuses on care and education of young children and support for their families, and aims to ensure that all children are equally ready when they reach kindergarten age.

Read the Post-Gazette story about the initiative

2020 Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh

The 2020 Advancing Black Arts program – a shared initiative of the Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation – is accepting submissions now through Ma‌rch 20. The program’s updated guidelines document, information on the steps for submission, and the “Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh Tool Kit” are now available.

Information, tool kit, and program guidelines

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Tarana Burke, walking on a city sidewalk. In 2006, civil rights activist Tarana Burke began using the phrase "Me Too" on social media to raise awareness of the pervasiveness of sexual abuse and assault in society.  (Image courtesy of
August Wilson African American Cultural Center Presents Tarana Burke

The Au‌gust Wilson African American Cultural Center welcomes the original founder of the "Me Too" movement - civil rights activist Tarana Burke - to Pittsburgh on Monday, Ma‌rch 9. Time magazine dubbed Ms. Burke and other influential female activists  "The Silence Breakers,"  and named them the publication's 2017  "Person of the Year."  In addition to its slate of fascinating speakers and performers, the Au‌gust Wilson Center offers a wide range of dynamic exhibition, education, and private events spaces.   

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