Investing in Professional Artists

Susan Tsu, Carol Brown and Sarika Goulatia standing together in the gallery at the August Wilson Center. Visitors are milling around in the background. 2017 Established Artist awardee Susan Tsu (left) and Emerging Artist awardee Sarika Goulatia (right) with Carol R. Brown (center). Photo by Joshua Franzos.

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: In the tradition of the Creative Achievement Awards created by Carol R. Brown during her tenure as president of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, two grants of $15,000 are given annually, one to an Established Artist and one to an Emerging Artist living and working in the southwestern Pennsylvania region. The awards are a joint project of The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation. 

Thank you - Public nominations are now closed. 

For more information about the Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Awards please click here

  • 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 for eligibility, guidelines, deadlines, and requirements. Questions? To book a phone appointment with Anne Mulgrave, Manager of Grants and Accessibility, visit

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.

Questions: Cindi Stueber, Program Assistant,, 412-338-2693.