Investing in Professional Artists

Headshots of awardees and panelists: Established Artist awardee Susan Tsu, Emerging Artist Awardee Sarika Goulatia, photographer Latoya Ruby Frazier, photographer Sandra Gould Ford, playwright Lynn Nottage Established Artist awardee Susan Tsu, Emerging Artist Awardee Sarika Goulatia, photographer Latoya Ruby Frazier, photographer Sandra Gould Ford, playwright Lynn Nottage

The Investing in Professional Artists Program provides resources and other support to professional artists and cultural institutions, including the Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Awards and creative development and residency funding.

Sponsored by The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation, the Investing in Professional Artists Program is guided by the foundations’ shared belief that artists are essential to the region’s cultural vitality. The program provides resources to support professional artists for creative development; artist residency funds for cultural institutions; Artist Opportunity Grants through the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council; and the Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Awards recognizing established and emerging artists.

Creative Development Grants: Professional artists in any discipline / media and at any career stage may apply directly for grants up to $10,000 to further artistic and career goals.

Residencies at Arts Organizations: Arts organizations may apply for grants up to $35,000 to host a residency with local, national or international artists.

Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Awards: Two awards of $15,000 will be given annually to an established artist and an emerging artist in recognition of exemplary artistic achievements and promist for future work.  Candidates are considered by nomination only.

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Artist Opportunity Grants: Artist Opportunity Grants (AOG) are awarded to artists three times a year (March,May and October). Awards range between $250 and $2500. The purpose of
these grants is to remove financial barriers between artists and game-changing experiences to advance artistic careers. These grants will not help make new art but can help artists acquire skills to improve work, pay for childcare, document work, ship work, buy a plane ticket, pay for a residency and lesson fees and other expenses that other grant programs do not cover. Visit www.pittsburghartscouncil.org/aog for eligibility, guidelines, deadlines, and requirements. Questions? To book a phone appointment with Anne Mulgrave, Manager of Grants and Accessibility, visit www.amulgrave.youcanbook.me/.

The foundations will also promote grantees through media outlets and special events to heighten community awareness of the importance and achievements of artists in the region.

Read the complete 2019 program guidelines for more information.
 

Application submission: All applications and support materials must be submitted online via the program's SlideRoom page.

Deadline: All applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Tues., Jan. 15, 2019.  All applicants will be notified of results in May 2019.

Questions: Cindi Stueber, Program Assistant, cstueber@heinz.org, 412-338-2693.