Funded Projects from 2002
100 Bands, 31 Nights, 1 City
$10,000 » Club Café, 2002 Seed Award project support
100 Bands, 31 Nights, 1 City, a project of Club Café, galvanized the local music scene by presenting 100 area bands during the 31 nights of January. The concert series highlighted the rich, diverse, but often underappreciated musical culture of Pittsburgh in one eclectic month.
3 Rivers on 2 Wheels
$8,500 » Lou Fineberg, 2002 Seed Award project support
3 Rivers on 2 Wheels was an original city guide that facilitated the exploration of Pittsburgh by bicycle. It detailed ten cycling excursions that stretched throughout various neighborhoods in the city. Unique for its portable format, consideration of youth riders and, award winning photography, the book was a striking testament to the accessibility and diversity of Pittsburgh’s communities.
$5,150, 2002 Seed Award project support
A-Team Oakland was composed of student volunteers who served as ambassadors and advisors in the Oakland area. By dispensing brochures, maps, and enthusiasm, these students ensured that those who came to Oakland left with the most positive sense of the neighborhood, and of the city.
Art All Night
$3,800, 2002 Seed Award project support
Art All Night was an innovative, grassroots celebration of the visual arts and the potential of the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Over 4,000 visitors occupied the Chocolate Factory in Lawrenceville for the overnight art extravaganza.
$1,750 » Art Votes, 2002 Seed Award project support
Art Votes, a project of Art Votes, was a grassroots effort to educate local artists about the impact that political issues could have on their work, and vice versa. The event positioned artists outside of polling centers in order to call public attention to political awareness among artists.
Arts Education Program for Young Adults
$3,800 » Brew House Association, 2002 Seed Award project support
Arts Education Program for Young Adults, a project of Brew House Association, was a community initiative designed to present and support young artists in Pittsburgh and to foster an appreciation for the arts in the community at large. A result of the Brew House Association’s commitment to artistic enrichment in Pittsburgh, the program offered public classes and special projects and created opportunities for young artists.
Black Forum Exhibition
$5,000 » Barrett Black, 2002 Seed Award project support
Black Forum Exhibition was a self-propelled collective of artists and performers that produced original art and music for the communities of East Liberty, Friendship, and Garfield.
Bridgespotters Installment I
$8,250 » BridgeSpotters Corp., 2002 Seed Award project support
Bridgespotters Installment I, a project of BridgeSpotters Corp., was an audio compilation of Bridgespotters’ poetry, theater, and music-both live and studio produced. The CD also included the art collective’s images and photography.
$10,000, 2002 Seed Award project support
Busk Pittsburgh was an eight-week educational program that introduced and encouraged the historic tradition of busking, or street performance, in downtown Pittsburgh. The program provided a venue for artists to perform downtown and informed the public about the artistry and industry particular to street performing.
Confronting Racism and Oppression in the Era of AIDS
$7,000 » Partnership for Minority HIV/AIDS Prevention, 2002 Seed Award project support
Confronting Racism and Oppression in the Era of Aids, a project of Partnership for Minority HIV/AIDS Prevention in collaboration with the Andy Warhol Museum, presented performance art and film as vehicles to engage community members in dialogue about the impact of HIV/AIDS on people of African descent.
Cyber Lounge at Wilkinsburg
$10,000 » Wilkinsburg Intra-Community Network, 2002 Seed Award project support
Cyber Lounge at Wilkinsburg, a project of Wilkinsburg Intra-Community Network, provided a space for area residents of all ages to come together, learn about new technology and use the Internet to check personal email. The lounge also provided a space for concerts, art exhibitions, and other community activities.
Dragon Boat Racing
$10,000 » Three Rivers Rowing Association, 2002 Seed Award project support
Dragon Boat Racing, a project of the Three Rivers Rowing Association, brought a 3,000-year-old Chinese rowing tradition to Pittsburgh. The program strengthened the bridge between Pittsburgh and its sister city, Wuhan, China by providing an opportunity for participants to enjoy Pittsburgh’s rivers while encouraging competition, fitness, and camaraderie.
Exposed! Concert Series
$5,000 » Pittsburgh Progressive Arts Foundation, 2002 Seed Award project support
Exposed! Concert Series, a project of Pittsburgh Progressive Arts Foundation, was a series of events used to advocate for artists from disadvantaged cultures in Pittsburgh.
Fairies, Mortals, & Magic: A Midsummer Celebration
$5,000 » Avalon Productions, 2002 Seed Award project support
Fairies, Mortals, & Magic: A Midsummer Celebration, a project of Avalon Productions, reacquainted the public with the themes and rituals surrounding the celebration of midsummer solstice. The performances brought together a diverse, multicultural group of artisans, healing arts professionals, spiritual groups, businesses, and families to engage in a ritual of seasonal rejoicing.
Gladys Schmitt National Novel Contest
$6,000 » Carnegie Mellon Press Series in Fiction, 2002 Seed Award project support
Gladys Schmitt National Novel Contest, a project of Carnegie Mellon Press Series in Fiction, stood out among other literary competitions by seeking to publish a first-time novelist, rather than selecting writers of short stories or poems. Through a national competition directed at young, emerging authors, one manuscript was selected and published by the Carnegie Mellon Press.
Green Mannequin Productions
$5,060 » Green Mannequin Productions, 2002 Seed Award project support
Green Mannequin Productions, a project of Green Mannequin Productions, expanded the American roots focus of Back Porch Ballroom Series to include other genres, like independent rock.
$10,000 » Ground Zero, 2002 Seed Award project support
Happenings 2.0, a project of Ground Zero, was a local event information clearinghouse. The project offered Pittsburgh’s young, urban population a point of reference for a variety of events around town.
Homestead Mural/Mosaic Project
$3,000 » Ian Green Studios, 2002 Seed Award project support
Homestead Mural/Mosaic Project, a project of Ian Green Studios, was created by painter Ian Green. THe project celebrated Steel Valley heritage and created public art, including several large oil paintings, all depicting scenes from the Homestead community, that were installed in the neighborhood.
Homestead Sidewalk Arts Project
$1,850 » Steel Valley Arts Council, 2002 Seed Award project support
Homestead Sidewalk Arts Project, a project of Steel Valley Arts Council, provided an alternative to The Waterfront development for the economically handicapped Homestead neighborhood by encouraging foot traffic through Homestead’s business district.
Live from the Laundromat: A Lint Cabaret
$4,500 » Studio Capezzuti, 2002 Seed Award project support
Live from the Laundromat: A Lint Cabaret was puppet show by Pittsburgh artist and performer Cheryl Capezzuti featuring puppets hand sculpted from dryer lint. The production included three acts: a four-puppet hip-hop routine, a two-puppet stilt-walking skit, and a performance seminar.
Magic Penny Garden
$5,250 » STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, 2002 Seed Award project support
Magic Penny Garden, a project of STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, was the inaugural installation of the ArtGardens program. Located in Frank Curto Park on Bigelow Boulevard, the garden was comprised entirely of plants contributed by the community and was arranged and cultivated by area artists.
$3,100, 2002 Seed Award project support
MAP Nights introduced the public to a variety of music venues in Pittsburgh and provided networking opportunities between musicians and the industry. The events stimulated appreciation for music in Pittsburgh and promoted the city’s musical heritage.
$5,000 » no wall productions, 2002 Seed Award project support
Meet-here.com, a project of no wall productions, provided a 1,100 square-foot space for occasional use by area nonprofits, community groups, startups, and small businesses. Located in downtown Pittsburgh, the furnished space served as a flexible, wired community resource.
$8,000 » Attack Theatre, 2002 Seed Award project support
Midnight Series, a project of Attack Theatre, presented an interactive production that was at once humorous, eclectic, poignant, and focused. The performances fused multimedia, live music, and traditional dance forms.
$3,140, 2002 Seed Award project support
Mini M was a series of mini music festivals spanning a variety of genres. The concert series featured local bands including Ouve Ozzy Runk, Soma Mestizo, Allison Wonderland, Phat Man Dee, and the Ultraviolet Trio.
New Pittsburgh Collaborative
$7,000 » Leadership Pittsburgh, 2002 Seed Award project support
New Pittsburgh Collaborative, a project of Leadership Pittsburgh, joined together a variety of local groups serving individuals under 40. Sharing a vision of Pittsburgh as a diverse and vibrant community, these organizations used the New Pittsburgh Collaborative to unite their voices, cohesively and powerfully, and to enact change.
The New Yinzer
$8,750, 2002 Seed Award project support
The New Yinzer was an online magazine that provided an outlet for local and national writers to publish experimental nonfiction and fiction, work that had been largely overlooked by mainstream publishing companies.
Phase I Initiative for Marketing Key Amenities
$5,050 » Jackson/Clark Partners, 2002 Seed Award project support
Phase I Initiative for Marketing Key Amenities, a project of Jackson/Clark Partners, developed a comprehensive, online system to make information about Pittsburgh’s key amenities searchable and easily accessible to young web users.
Pittsburgh Music Documentary
$7,350 » Pittsburgh Music Documentary, 2002 Seed Award project support
Pittsburgh Music Documentary, a project of Pittsburgh Music Documentary, was a documentary film exploring the history and condition of the city’s music scene. The film spanned all musical genres and followed some of Pittsburgh’s most exciting and acclaimed artists, events, and organizations.
Pittsburgh Singles Volunteer Network
$4,850, 2002 Seed Award project support
The Pittsburgh Singles Volunteer Network referred singles to volunteer opportunities with local charitable groups. The organization cultivated commitment to volunteering, fostered relationships among singles, and increased the number of activities available to them.
Places of Pittsburgh
$10,000 » faces of pittsburgh, 2002 Seed Award project support
Places of Pittsburgh, a project of Faces of Pittsburgh, was the first installment of a comprehensive photo essay to document all 88 Pittsburgh neighborhoods. The installment included photography of Lawrenceville and the Hill District and added context and depth to the portraits in the Faces of Pittsburgh archive.
Public Service Announcements
$4,000 » Chris Ivey, 2002 Seed Award project support
Public Service Announcements, a project of Pittsburgh film and video director Chris Ivey, developed two nontraditional public service announcements to promote independent artists from the area. The pieces exposed the unique, sometimes quiet, artistic treasures in Pittsburgh.
Pulse of Pittsburgh Art Showcase
$850, 2002 Grand Ideas project support
Pulse of Pittsburgh Art Showcase, a part of the 2002 Shadyside Art Festival, the Pulse of Pittsburgh Art Showcase exposed visitors to local musicians and performance artists.
Star Soap Public Art Project
$1,450, 2002 Seed Award project support
Star Soap Public Art Project renewed the landscape of the Penn Avenue Arts Initiative corridor by repainting an advertisement, circa 1920, for Star Soap. The project beautified the neighborhood by uncovering, yet maintaining, a piece of its history in a colorful, attractive way.
Summer Concert Series
$3,300 » The Union Project, 2002 Seed Award project support
Summer Concert Series, a project of The Union Project, provided a meeting ground for artists, community builders and people of faith in the East End through its inaugural Summer Concert Series. The events united the community through music, food, and fellowship.
$3,500 » The Times Project, 2002 Seed Award project support
Televised Distance, a project of The Times Project, was an installation that utilized conference call and digital imaging technology to create a three-dimensional, holographic rendering of the sights and sounds captured live on a busy Pittsburgh street.