community + cultural info

artists and others, here are a few grant and professional development opportunities worth taking advantage of.... call 412 441 9833 or email for more information. good luck!
Call for artists... The Penn Avenue Arts Initatitve needs Teaching-Artists! 
The Penn Avenue Arts Initiative Youth Arts Program needs Teaching-Artists!! PAAI is pleased to announce the release of the Fall 2003 Micro-grant Workshop Request For Proposals. Artists of all kinds who want to work with East End youth in a community art-making setting are encouraged to apply. PAAI will be awarding grants up to $2500 to artists who propose exciting and innovative workshops that expose neighborhood youth to the creative arts. Artists should be prepared to design a loose curriculum that explains the artistic activities, goals, and outcomes of the proposed workshop. One-day art projects and/or on-going workshops will be considered. Professional Development opportunities for established and aspiring Teaching-Artists are made possible by PAAI, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and other local arts organizations. Stipends included. Call Aria or Jennifer at 412 441 9833 or 412 441 6955 (answering machine) to request an RFP.
Fall 2003 Schedule
Submission Deadline: has been extended to Friday, September 26
Acceptance Notification: Friday, September 26
Professional Development: Throughout October, dates TBA
Workshops Begin: Late October/Early November
Workshops End: Late December
The Heinz Endowment's Creative Heights applications are now available. 
Creative Heights is a residency initiative designed to support partnerships among cultural organizations and independant artists living and working in the Pittsburgh region. The goals of Creative Heights are to support the creation of new work, and to strengthen linkages among our region's local artists and cultural organizations. Creative Heights affirms the importance of artistic cretivity, and of Pittsburgh as a place that values innovation and experimentation in the arts.
For more information please contact Janet Sarbaugh, Program Director, at 412 338 2693 or Kerry Spindler, Program Officer, at 412 338 2651
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Simmons Hall

Thursday, September 25, 8:30-4:30 


Continental breakfast and lunch provided. 


Large group format, 50 or so participants 


This is a day dedicated to an inquiry into the art of teaching artistry.  


Eric Booth will explore this in-between artistic discipline in a hands-on way. He will lead investigations of the most effective practices; clarify the key challenges and questions all teaching artists face; he will report research findings and conclusions from experiments around the country. Participants will become clearer about their own style, strengths and weaknesses, share strategies and practices with colleagues, and come away with a number of new ideas to try. Discover what has been learned by your colleagues around the country about ways to address assessment and connecting arts learning with other curriculum in ways that do not dilute the artistic learning; how do other teaching artists use warm-ups, control chaotic classrooms, partner well with teachers?  


This is a day that should inspire and clarify, challenge and illuminate--and most of all, make you aware that teaching artists are engaged in a national network that is emerging as a distinct field with enormous potential and capacity.

Eric Booth works with teaching artists of all disciplines around the country; he is the founder of many teaching professional development programs (including those at Juilliard, The Kennedy Center, VSA arts, and many more), and is the founder of the Teaching Artist Journal. The day includes a continental breakfast, lunch and post-workshop reception. Give yourself a day with inspiring colleagues to take your work to the next stage. 


Please join us for a reception on our patio immediately following the workshop. 



Friday, September 26, 1:00-5:00 


This session with a smaller group of teaching artists will investigate issues of leadership. The members of this group will be determined on Thursday. 


What does the regional field need, and what can the strongest/most committed teaching artists, in conjunction with the programs that wish to join in, DO to move the field forward. We will identify key priorities for further professional development, both for this leadership group and for the larger pool of local teaching artists. Our goal will be to complete an action plan that addresses the needs of both the emerging leaders, and the field, with an eye toward improved impact on students and partner-teachers. 


OCTOBER 24 - 26, 2003


Registration deadline: October 17 (visit or to download a copy of the registration brochure)

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, in collaboration with The Heinz Endowments, is pleased to announce the third Community Arts Institute, an intensive workshop series designed to increase the skills needed in planning and managing successful community arts projects. This weekend seminar will provide participants with real tools and real-life examples drawn from the Foundationís regional visiting artist program Artists & Communities.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation has supported community-based visiting artist residency projects for several years, and now seeks to increase the number of potential host organizations and professional artists throughout the region with the skills and experience to produce successful collaborative programs.

The faculty for this workshop comprises your peers in the field of community-based arts programming. The Community Arts Institute is a rare opportunity to meet in both formal and informal sessions with these seasoned project managers and lead artists who are eager to pass on their experiences to you.

Organizations may send more than one staff member (simply copy the registration form), and artists are welcomed, but please note that space is limited so register early!



Julyen Norman

Senior Program Officer for Artists Programs


*****Another IMPORTANT DATE to note: The grant application deadline for the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation's Artist & Communities program is Monday, November 17, 2003. Grants provide support of up to $20,000 for community-based arts projects. Pennsylvania artists and organizations are eligible to apply. Guidelines are available at Guidelines are available at   Contact Julyen Norman at Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation if you have any questions.*****