Just Arts initiative launched “Keys,” © Scott Goldsmith/TDW, 2017, part of Out of Many: Stories of Migration exhibition at American Jewish Museum, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Investing in Professional Artists 2019 Recipients Announced Detail from Trajectories, Clayton Merrell, 2017
Water Collaboratory helps ensure green infrastructure has maximum positive impact on stormwater management Photo by Emily Elliott

Just Arts initiative launched

The Heinz Endowments has launched Just Arts, a grantmaking initiative that will support artists, organizations and communities who harness the power of the arts to respond to social issues affecting the Pittsburgh region and beyond. The initiative is designed to foster the development of a more inclusively imagined future through art with $500,000 in grants over the next 24 months. Deadline for inaugural round of grants is Au‌gust 1.  

Read Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's piece on Just Arts

Investing in Professional Artists 2019 Recipients Announced

The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation have awarded $169,000 to 15 local artists and organizations in this latest round of funding through the Investing in Professional Arts program. The recipients come from a wide range of artistic disciplines, and were chosen by a panel of national and local artists and scholars. Since the inception of this initiative in 2011, 133 artists and organization have received about $2 million in funding.

Learn more about the latest Investing in Professional Artists grant recipients

Water Collaboratory helps ensure green infrastructure has maximum positive impact on stormwater management

The University of Pittsburgh’s Collaboratory for Water Research, Education and Outreach is centering attention on the challenges of the region’s stormwater management and water health. Over the past year, the Collaboratory has convened a series of meetings with dozens of Pittsburgh organizations and stakeholders, and has published the coalition’s recommendations for ways to fill gaps in the planning, design, installation, monitoring, and maintenance of green infrastructure in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Read NEXTPittsburgh's piece on the Collaboratory, which includes links to the full report

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Race and Revolution: Still Separate — Still Unequal Race and Revolution: Still Separate - Still Unequal exhibition examines the ongoing racial and economic disparity in the U.S. public school system. (Image by Jake Winningham)
Race and Revolution: Still Separate — Still Unequal

Race and Revolution: Still Separate — Still Unequal, a new multi-media exhibition running through Ju‌ly 21 at the Au‌gust Wilson African American Cultural Center, examines the history of economic and racial disparity in the United States’ public school system. Race and Revolution arrives in Pittsburgh after previous stops in Hartford, Connecticut, and The Pennsylvania State University, and includes placards that detail Pittsburgh-region legal disputes over education-related discrimination. All artists featured in the exhibition have backgrounds in the education field, resulting in a deeply personal examination of the national issue of public school segregation as viewed through a distinctly western Pennsylvanian lens.

Read a recent review of the exhibition from City Paper's Amanda Waltz
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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Photo by Joshua Franzos Launch of Season 2 of "We Can Be" podcast

Read Endowments President, Grant Oliphant's blog on the March 27, 2019 Season 2 launch of the “We Can Be” podcast. The podcast brings intimate, candid conversations - about the big issues of our day - with some the most accomplished, caring and action-oriented individuals in the social change arena.

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Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline Forum

Hold the date for the Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline forum sponsored by the Center for Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh and The Heinz Endowments to be held July 18-20.  The deadline for submitting a proposal is Sunday May 12, 2019, 11:59 p.m. 

More information about the forum and proposal submissions
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? 

Read the report
Photo by Joshua Franzos Equity Communications Workshop

More than 280 people participated in The Heinz Endowments’ first equity communications training for grantee organizations over two sessions in Fe‌bruary and Ap‌ril at the Energy Innovation Center in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. The training 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. 

Slides from Equity Communications Training
Response to Michael Rosfeld trial verdict

Joint statement by Grant Oliphant, President, The Heinz Endowments and Maxwell King, President & CEO, The Pittsburgh Foundation in response to Michael Rosfeld trial verdict.

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