From an artist residency focused on post-industrial sites at the Carrie Furnace National Heritage Area to a stewardship and historical awareness focused program in the North Side’s Allegheny Commons, these new projects speak to the Seed Award’s mission to support innovative ideas and creative people that are making an impact in Pittsburgh and Southwestern Pennsylvania. Take a closer look at the new projects below.
ALLOY Pittsburgh from Kipp Gallery at IUP – $8,000
A visual and performing arts initiative developed for the Carrie Furnace National Heritage Area. The program is conceived as a laboratory where 15 emerging artists from the Pittsburgh region will create site-based projects that investigate the creative reuse of a post-industrial site. The completed artworks will be simultaneously presented in a one of a kind art event to be held at the Carrie Furnaces National Heritage Area in the fall of 2013. The project will promote the work of emerging and underrepresented artists from the Pittsburgh region and encourage interaction between the artists and the surrounding communities of Braddock, Homestead, Swissvale and Rankin. In addition to interactive public tours and the event reception, the project will engage the local community through public discussions and lectures throughout the summer and fall of 2013.
Commons Knowledge from Allegheny Commons Initiative – $7,500
An educational awareness project which will include the placement of QR codes on significant heritage trees, as well as historic monuments and sculptures in the historic Allegheny Commons in the North Side. By scanning the QR code the viewer will be brought to an interactive website, which will offer fun and interesting facts about the trees and monuments, multimedia clips for further engagement, and also give the park patron an opportunity to adopt a tree or participate in volunteer events. The project aims to acknowledge the Commons’ historical relevance as well as its natural beauty.
Community Support Arts (CSA PGH) from Casey Droege and Corey Escoto – $6,000
Similar to the boxes of fruit and vegetables from local farms as part of an agricultural CSA, this program will create “shares” of art from six juried artists who will be commissioned to produce 50 editions of one work. These will be packaged, collated, and turned into a share, each of which will include one work from each of the artists and made available to the public for $300. Local curators will aid in the jurying process, while several galleries and organizations will aid in the promotion and pick up of CSA bundles. This project aims to support artists for the creation of new work as well as to allow them to gain exposure and distribution. The program also aims to promote Pittsburgh as a city that sustains its artists inside the community and out.
Knit the Bridge from Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh – $8,000
A community outreach program of the yarn bombing of one of Pittsburgh’s Three Sisters Bridges. In conjunction with Fiberart International 2013, Knit the Bridge will clothe one of the bridges in colorful yarn, knitted by hundreds of area residents in an effort to celebrate the vibrant, diverse communities of Pittsburgh, the city’s history of bridges and steel, and the region’s thriving contemporary arts scene. Knit the Bridge aims to use the accessible and widespread craft traditions of knit and crochet to catalyze strong, healthy, and resourceful community networks that will last beyond the project. Starting with existing networks, Knit the Bridge will connect communities by bringing people together in new ways to knit, crochet, design, install, and collaborate. Sprout funding will be used to organize events, workshops, and meet-ups to meet the project’s primary goal to represent a wide range of ages, ethnicities, gender identities, abilities, sexual orientations, and geographic areas. Materials, supplies, and artist stipends will be provided to communities with fewer resources and limited access to online media to ensure that Knit the Bridge is a community-inspired, community-made, and community-driven public art project.