Transformative Arts Process

Participants of Emerging Teaching Artists Workshop Participants of Emerging Teaching Artists Workshop (Photo by Renee Rosensteel)

The Transformative Arts Process (TAP) is a participatory grants and professional development initiative that seeks to build the field of teaching artistry in Pittsburgh’s distressed and African American communities, with the goal of increasing access to cultural activities for youth in the neighborhoods where they live.

To accomplish this goal, TAP is being used by The Heinz Endowments to award field-building grants, explore transformative teaching and learning with a cohort of teaching artists and young people, and sustain an engaged TAP Advisory Board. Since 2014, the advisory board has collaborated with the Endowments on the creation, implementation, and evaluation of the grantmaking strategy through participation in regular meetings that include collectively developed agendas, an online community, and active subcommittees. As a result of this work, nearly $800,000 has been invested to date in more than 30 organizations, teaching artists, and young people with programs and practices impacting African American youth in primarily distressed neighborhoods.

To view the original program rationale, click here.




Participants of Emerging Teaching Artists Workshop Photo by Renee Rosensteel

Teaching Artist Awards

Applications for Transformative Teaching Artist Awards are now being accepted

New Sun Rising, with support from The Heinz Endowments, has issued a request for proposals to recognize teaching artists as part of the Transformative Arts Process (TAP), the Endowments’ grants program focused on fostering the careers of teaching artists and bringing transformative arts experiences to youth.  TAP’s specific goal is to move towards a more Just Pittsburgh by invigorating the field of teaching artists and arts organizations that have a demonstrated practice of challenging structural inequities and bringing transformative arts-centered experience to youth in and from African American/distressed communities.

Applications should NOT be submitted through the Endowments’ online grant application.  All applications should be submitted to: 

The deadline for this application is August 19, 2018, by 11:59 p.m.

Learn more about the Teaching Artist Awards
Young black man during a 1Hood Media performance

TAP Strategic Plan 2016 - 2019

The Transformative Arts Process, or TAP, is a Heinz Endowments initiative to develop a grantmaking strategy in collaboration with artists and others who will later be asked to do the work in the community. This report explains TAP's background, goals and procedures as well as its potential impact on youth, neighborhoods and the arts field.

Available documents:

PowerPoint from Young Artists Grants Information Session

Where Do We Go From Here?

Arts Transforms. How and for Whom?

Latest Teaching Artist Residencies and Capital Grants