The Investing in Professional Artists: The Pittsburgh Region Artists program was created in 2011 by The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation, guided by a shared belief in artistic excellence, creative development and the need for continuous career advancement for the region’s professional artists. In 2020, The Opportunity Fund joined the partnership, bringing support for professional craft artists. From 2011 to 2020, the program awarded $2.1 million to 142 artists and organizations to support the creative development of artists, to create career advancement and recognition opportunities, to incentivize creative partnerships among artists and local cultural organizations, and to increase the visibility of independent working artists in the region’s cultural life.
Beginning with the 2021 grant cycle, the Investing in Professional Artists program will change from a partnership to a program fully funded and administered by The Heinz Endowments, with new guidelines, application deadlines and award notification dates that will be posted on the Endowments’ website in the first quarter of 2021. Please continue to check the Endowments’ website for updated information, and contact Cindi Stueber should you have any questions about the program in the interim.