Foundations' Black Arts program awards more than $200K for Pittsburgh projects
June 30, 2016 1:19 PM
Jasmine Hearn, here performing with the defunct August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble, has received a grant from the Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh program to support a new performance-art piece.
Comic book artist Marcel Walker, dressed as the character The Pro from his series “Hero Corp," has received a grant from the Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh program for the series' next installment. Kristin Ward is dressed as Ember from the series.
The Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh grants program, a partnership between The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments, has awarded $204,480 in grants to support art rooted in the black experience.
Since its inception in 2010, the program has invested $3.7 million to support the elimination of racial disparities within the arts sector. Twice a year, a panel reviews submissions and makes funding recommendations to foundation staff. Of 58 submissions, 13 were funded this cycle. Applications for the fall 2016 cycle are due Aug. 1; for guidelines, visit pittsburghfoundation.org.
Grants to individual artists
• Gabriel Colombo, $15,000, to support the creation of a film that includes original poetry, music and dance performed by individuals from the black community in the North Side.
• Jasmine Hearn, $14,080, to support the development of performance art titled “Blue and Sable and Burning.”
• Liana Maneese, $14,400, to support the creation of a film as part of the multimedia project “Adopting Identity.”
• Marcel Walker, $7,500, to support a third installment of the independently produced comic book “Hero Corp., International (HCI).”
• Sarah Huny Young, $7,500, to support the development of a body of work titled “American Woman,” a series of mixed-media portraits.
Grants for artist residencies
• Homewood Artist Residency¸ $15,000, to support the creation of multimedia works by residency artists Alisha Wormsley and Naeem Martinez White.
• Legacy Arts Project¸ $15,000, to support a new work for “DanceAfrica: Pittsburgh 2016” by residency artist choreographer Dieufel Lamisere of Haiti.
• Opera Theater of Pittsburgh¸ $15,000, to support a new opera with residency artists Tameka Cage Conley, Dwayne Fulton and Mark Clayton Southers.
Unrestricted and operating grants
Afrika YETU, $30,000; Harambee Ujima Arts & Cultural Association, $15,000; Kente Arts Alliance, $25,000; the MLK Community Mural Project, $15,000; and the Staycee Pearl Dance Project, $15,000, for FY 2017 operating support.
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