Pittsburgh’s Northside is a quiltwork of 18 neighborhoods. Each has its unique character, but they all share a history— and a future— that makes them somehow distinct from the rest of the city just across the Allegheny River.
Since early 2014, hundreds of residents of the 18 neighborhoods on Pittsburgh’s Northside have shared their voice in community-wide conversations to create a shared agenda for the revitalization of their community.
To support this effort and create opportunities for community members to contribute to the One Northside vision, Sprout’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor program offers grants of up to $1,000 to provide immediate support for small-scale projects that have broad support.
Community support counts a lot and can often be the deciding factor in the success of any small project. So in order to receive a Neighbor-to-Neighbor grant, applicants had to demonstrate that others in the community endorsed their project by collecting petition signatures, pledges of support, and letters of support from their fellow residents, businesses, and community organizations.
Today, through support from The Buhl Foundation, we’re pleased to announce the first round of projects supported through the Neighbor-to-Neighbor program. Out of 24 eligible applications received from 12 of the 18 neighborhoods that make up Pittsburgh’s Northside, 10 projects will receive $1,000 grants. As part of their proposals, applicants wrote the headlines that appear below as examples of what the news will say at the successful conclusion of their projects.
Congratulations to everyone in this first round of Neighbor-to-Neighbor grants. We can’t wait to see your projects come to life in the coming weeks.
And we’re still looking for more great community projects on Pittsburgh’s Northside! The next funding deadline is Friday, April 10th, so get started now! Learn more about how to apply at sproutfund.org/northside.
Deutschtown City Steps Mosaic Mural
“Deutschtown Crowned with Beautiful Mosaic”
Linda Wallen’s quality of place project will cover the cement base of the City Steps at Itin and Concord Streets with a mosaic mural, at an important intersection of the East Allegheny-Deutschtown and Spring Garden neighborhoods. The mural will feature imagery relevant to the history of the neighborhoods nearby. It will also complement another mural at Homer and Damas in the Spring Hill-City View neighborhood. Residents will help make parts of the mural in neighborhood workshops this summer and other artists have offered donations of glass for mosaic tiles.
El Sistema Smart Music Program
“Inner-City Kids Find Musical Success Using Cutting-Edge Technology”
Tammy Glover’s quality of education project will help students from Allegheny Center and Manchester at Allegheny Traditional Academy advance their music abilities through the use of Smart Music software, giving them access to intuitive one-on-one instruction and providing technology-enabled accompaniment for musical context. The project will culminate in a collaborative concert with other Northside schools.
Northside Greenways Map
“Pittsburgh’s Northside Becomes Model Community for Greenspace and Greenway Connectivity”
Sean Brady’s quality of place project will identify opportunities to connect parks, vacant land and existing trails, extending outward from the Northside to the north and west. The resulting topographical map will identify current parks, trails, bike lanes and greenspace, as well as proposed connections to form a greenways network from Riverview Park and Benton Field out to Bellevue Park, Avonworth Park and Tom’s Run Nature Reserve in Emsworth.
Riverside Community Corrections Center Resident Garden
“Garden Brings Hope, Skills to Those Who Are Ready to Start Again”
Renee Rosensteel’s quality of education project will build a permaculture garden within the walls of the County Corrections Center in the Chateau neighborhood. Residents will be responsible for caring for the garden inside the Riverside CCC courtyard and harvesting the produce, which will be used in institution’s kitchen. The ideas of healthy eating, self-reliance, and sustainability will be presented to the population who will benefit from these ideas upon re-entry into society. Peer learning and mentoring will be encouraged and team members will attend gardening workshops, build raised beds, plant, care for, and harvest the garden in addition to being given a library of gardening books.
Community Arts Night at John Morrow
“Pittsburgh Morrow, Brighton Heights Teeming (and Teaming) with Talent”
Kate Kelly’s quality of education project will showcase the talents and accomplishments of the teachers and students of John Morrow Elementary School in the Brighton Heights neighborhood. The event will include performances by the percussion ensemble, work from the third grade artist residency, and music and art collaborations with the Mattress Factory. Each classroom will feature local artists and musicians offering workshops and lessons.
Pittsburgh Fringe Festival: Destination Northside
“The Northside Comes Alive with Theater, Puppets, Rock, and Buskers”
Daniel Stiker’s quality of place project will allow new and emerging artists the opportunity to showcase their talent by providing a venue with reduced financial barriers and increased exposure. The Fringe Festival’s Northside location will bring economic benefit, activity, and attention to City of Asylum Performance Tent, Bistro-to-Go, Max’s Allegheny Tavern, New Bohemian space, and the streets and sidewalks throughout Central Northside and East Allegheny-Deustchtown.
Neighborhoods in the Wings: A Tour of Spring Garden and East Deutschtown
“Spring Garden and East Deutschtown Rediscovered”
Jean Binstock’s quality of place project will host bus and walking tours of the Spring Garden and East Allegheny-Deustchtown neighborhoods in June. The event will feature a free picnic lunch and discussion sessions focusing on the history, the present characteristics, and the future potential of the neighborhoods “in the wings”—ready to share the spotlight of identity and place. The program will build on the history of the community as well as encourage residents to become prideful of what they have and how they can build on these assets, with community preservation at the heart of the program.
Henderson Gateway Green+Screen
“From Vacant Lot to Neighborhood Cornerstone: Fineview community gives fresh perspective and personality to Henderson Gateway intersection”
Robyn Doyle’s quality of place project will create a community-led plan to beautify the intersection of Henderson and Jay streets, a Jersey-barrier obstructed thoroughfare in the Fineview neighborhood. The project will hold small planning meetings with the project leads, representatives from Fineview Citizens Council, and the neighborhood GTECH Ambassador to work through project details, resource acquisition, and establishing a creative beautification strategy.
Giant Puppet Dance Club
“Giant Puppets Celebrate Summer in a One-of-a-Kind Pittsburgh Way”
Cheryl Capezzuti’s quality of place project will bring kids of all ages together to perform at community events in Allegheny Center, Allegheny West, and the Perry North-Observatory Hill neighborhoods. Children from different Northside schools will come together at Studio Capezzuti and the JP Performing Arts Gallery in Brighton Heights to learn simple choreography and have fun dancing together in giant puppet costumes.