New data and personal stories bring urgency to examining link between cancer and our environment Photos (left, right): Mark Dixon/Blue Lens; center image: Scott Roller
Now accepting Small Arts Initiative applications Deana Muro
Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh 2017 ABAP artist Ricardo Robinson (Image by Sonarcheology Studios)

New data and personal stories bring urgency to examining link between cancer and our environment

What role do environmental factors – the harmful chemicals in our air, land, water and products – play in cancer severity and diagnosis rates in our region? That question was front and center at the recent “Cancer and the Environment Symposium: Priorities for Research, Policy, and Clinical Practice” at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The event spotlighted eye-opening data and personal stories, underscoring the urgency of unified cross-sector action.   

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Now accepting Small Arts Initiative applications

Applications are open for the Small Arts Initiative, which advances the development of small and mid-sized professional arts organizations and the artists with whom they work. Grant recipients include groups like Front Porch Theatricals, which produced “Grey Gardens,” above, last August at the New Hazlett Theater on Pittsburgh’s North Side.  

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Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh

The Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh initiative is a joint grantmaking program of The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation, and is an outgrowth of a commitment by both foundations to create a vibrant and inclusive cultural life in the Pittsburgh region. The first step in applying for funding – the submission of a letter of intent, due March 15, 2019 – is now underway.

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Our Mission & Strategic Areas

The Heinz Endowments seeks to help our region thrive as a whole and just community, and through that work to model solutions to major national and global challenges. We are based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where we concentrate on advancing a sustainable future for our community and planet, successful learning outcomes for young people and their families, and a culture of engaged creativity for all our citizens.

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With grantmaking that averages almost $70 million annually, The Heinz Endowments is among the leading foundations in the United States. The impact of our grants lies in the possibilities they create, the critical need they address and the transformative change they help to bring about. Every grant listed here is part of that mission.

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Society for Contemporary Craft Artist Katie Hudnall's work in the "Transformation 10" exhibition includes "The Seeing Machine, 2018," created from found wood, hardware, lens, strings and paint. (Image by Jake Sneath
Society for Contemporary Craft

Society for Contemporary Craft, one of the country's leading showcases for artists working with traditional craft materials, will open its new home in early 2020. Offering socially relevant exhibitions focused on multicultural diversity and contemporary art, as well as a range of classes, community outreach programs and a retail store, Contemporary Craft has been an artistic force in the region since 1971. Read Bill O'Driscoll's 90.5 WESA story on the new location here.   

See the current exhibition, "Transformation 10: Contemporary Works in Found Materials," through March 23
Photo by Annie O'Neill h Magazine

In a three-part series, h magazine travels to the Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Homewood, Hazelwood and the Hill District, where The Heinz Endowments and other philanthropies are partnering with residents and local organizations to build on assets and expand opportunities. The second stop, in this issue of h, examines initiatives to revitalize Pittsburgh's Hill District.

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We Are the Cure

In response to the tragic shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue, Grant Oliphant, president of The Heinz Endowments, asserts that the cure to this sickness in our society is in all of us - love, tolerance and coming together in community.

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Photo by Joshua Franzos Tragedy at Tree of Life Synagogue: Statement from The Heinz Endowments

The Heinz Endowments grieves with our community over the hateful attack on innocent worshippers at Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday. We condemn as strongly as humanly possible this unconscionable act of violence and the hatred that drove it. We stand firmly with our Pittsburgh community in the knowledge that our differences make us stronger, that we are one people in one community, and that we must all work together to create a more just and equitable future for us all regardless of our religion, race, heritage, ethnicity, gender, or any other category of difference. 

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New Report: The devaluation of assets in black neighborhoods

Funded by a $250,000 grant from The Heinz Endowments, a new report, "The devaluation of assets in black neighborhoods: The case of residential property," by Andre Perry, Brookings David M. Rubenstein fellow, Jonathan Rothwell, Gallup senior economist, and David Harshbarger, Brookings research assistant, seeks to understand how much money majority-black communities are losing in the housing market stemming from racial bias. Through the prism of the real estate market and homeownership in black neighborhoods, this report attempts to address the question: What is the cost of racial bias? 

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Photo by Joshua Franzos Equity Communications Workshop

More than 150 people participated in The Heinz Endowments’ first equity communications training for grantee organizations Feb. 19 at the Energy Innovation Center in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. The session was led by Vanice Dunn, equity director for Provoc, a leader in communications analysis, strategy development and branding. As part of the Endowments’ efforts to more authentically infuse equity into its philosophical approach and daily practice, the foundation is partnering with Provoc to bring an equity-rooted focus to the communications practices of the Endowments and its grantees.

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Just Discipline and the School-to-Prison Pipeline in Greater Pittsburgh

A Heinz Endowments-funded study by the University of Pittsburgh’s Center on Race and Social Problems reveals severe racial disparities in out-of-school suspensions at Allegheny County schools. The report, “Just Discipline and the School-to-Prison Pipeline in Greater Pittsburgh: Local Challenges and Promising Solutions,” found that countywide the suspension rate for black students was more than seven times the rate for their non-black peers. The study also offers solutions, including reforms that are being used successfully in the Woodland Hills School District.

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