Image of podcast recording - Grant Oliphant and Rue Mapp
photo of Carol R Brown awardees Cameron Barnett and Adriana Ramirez
Detail from “The Glue” by Njaimeh Njie, artist in residence with Chatham University’s Immersive Media program and Women's Institute.

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The second half of season two of our “We Can Be” podcast is back with new episodes every Wednesday. Download, listen and share intimate, lively conversations with the most interesting individuals in the social change realm. From academic/author/activist Dr. Cornel West to PostIndustrial journalist Carmen Gentile, or Outdoor Afro founder Rue Mapp and Emmy-winning filmmaker Emmai Alaquiva, “We Can Be” features candid talk with accomplished, caring and action-oriented leaders.

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The 2019 Carol R. Brown Awards

The 2019 Carol R. Brown Awards will honor acclaimed literary artists Adriana Ramirez and Cameron Barnett at the Dec. 9 event at Point Park University’s Pittsburgh Playhouse. The awards will be a joyous celebration of the arts, with special musical guests Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, and her daughter, Toshi Reagon. Register for this free, open-to-the-public event here. 

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Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh

A joint program of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments, has awarded $388,000 to individual artists and art programs for the initiative’s fall 2019 grantmaking cycle. The Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh program is dedicated to supporting excellence in presenting and producing artwork rooted in the Black experience.

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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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A Moment to Reflect

African American man sitting on steps; vibrant colors Amani Lewis says she hopes viewers look "past the vibrant colors and chaotic contours, and witness the substance that lies beneath the surface."
August Wilson African American Cultural Center

Now through Dec.15 at the Au‌gust Wilson African American Cultural CenterAmani Lewis' bright, intimate, expressionistic mixed-media portraits of friends and family from her Baltimore-area neighborhood show the often unnoticed humanity of their everyday life. Mixing photography, digital alteration, paint and textiles, the artists says the images read like topographical maps, revealing the complexity of "people whose stories are manipulated and simplified by those who wield economic power over the landscape of the city."  Join Amani Lewis and Murjoni Merriweather, co-founders of Clr’D artist collective, along with artists Campbell Jackson and Jo Nanajian for a panel discussion moderated by art critic Jessica Lanay on Nov. 19.

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