Investing in Professional Artists

View from the side of two African American girls (twins) looking at each other, as if looking in a mirror.  They each have one hand up, and almost touching each other. View from the side of two African American girls (twins) looking at each other, as if looking in a mirror.  They each have one hand up, and almost touching each other. Detail from “Queer Kenyan Twins Subira and Wandia” by Investing in Professional Artists grantee Mikael Owunna.

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. Artists working in all media are welcome
  • 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 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 2020 program guidelines for more information.

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

2020 Investing in Professional Artists grantees announced


Investing in Professional Artists - a joint grantmaking program of The Heinz Endowments, The Pittsburgh Foundation and Opportunity Fund - supports creative development, career advancement & increased visibility of working artists. The 2020 IPA grantees include literary, visual and performance artists, as well as funding for programs that support artists affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the press release here

Images are courtesy the artist unless otherwise noted: top l-r: Lindsey Scherloum; Jari Bradley; Darnell Chambers; bottom l-r; Mariah Torres (Chris Fox-Kelly/CFK Media); Rachel Mica Weiss (Jenifer Trahan); Jaime Guerrero (Rafael Cardenas); Pearlann Porter (Aaron Jackendoff). 

2019 Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Award Winners

The 2019 Carol R. Brown Awards have honored two extraordinary literary artists, Established Artist Adriana Ramirez (“Dead Boys”) and Emerging Artist Cameron Barnett (“The Drowning Boy’s Guide to Water”). See them perform their work and talk about what moves them to create in two captivating videos.


Emerging Artist Cameron Barnett


Established Artist Adriana Ramirez
 

Videos by Joshual Franzos / Treehouse Media