Funded Projects beginning with M

MACPL Conference Stipend
$700 » Montour School District, 2016 Remake Learning conference stipend

Mid-Atlantic Conference on Personalized Learning Conference Stipend, a project of Montour School District, enabled Justin Aglio, Director of Innovation at Montour School District, to attend MACPL from February 29 - March 2, 2016 in Baltimore, MD. MACPL was the premier conference for those transforming education in the mid-Atlantic and northeast regions. Featuring more than 60 sessions focused on personalizing learning for K-12 students, this conference was jointly organized by the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) and the Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU). Justin presented the Accelerating Innovation in K-12 session on behalf of the Remake Learning Network.

MACS IOWN Enterprising Education
$1,050 » Manchester Academic Charter School, 2015 One Northside project support

MACS IOWN Enterprising Education, a project of Manchester Academic Charter School, connected students at the Manchester Academic Charter School with local businesses through field trips and entrepreneurial competitions that helped students work toward a business opportunity aligned with their personal interest. Students worked with coaches and mentors drawn from a group of local small business owners to create a business plan, market the products and services, raise money to build their businesses, and showcase their work. The young people gained valuable leadership development skills and cultivated their potential to become the next generation of entrepreneurs.

“Madame Presidentá: Why Not U.S.?”
$1,000 » Women & Girls Foundation, 2013 Film & Video honorarium

Madame Presidentá: Why Not U.S.?, a project of Women & Girls Foundation and ELAS: Women’s Social Investment Fund in Rio de Janeiro, chronicled the journey of two women, one from Pittsburgh and one from Rio de Janeiro, as they explored the key question of why so many other countries have elected female presidents before the United States. In the process they make important discoveries about democracies, civic engagement, community, and women’s rights.

Made in PGH
$1,000 » Elliot Williams, 2012 Social Innovation Exchange sponsorship

Made in PGH, a project of Elliot Williams, was a website repository of products made in Pittsburgh along with the people who made them, the companies that made them, and groups that were focused on making in general. This project connected Pittsburgh makers to customers and to each other.

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.

Main Street Classic 5K Run/Walk for the Homeless
$5,000 » City Mission - Living Stones, Inc., 2008 Community Connections project support

Main Street Classic 5K Run/Walk for the Homeless, a project of City Mission - Living Stones, Inc., encouraged participants to run/walk in through downtown Uniontown, PA. The 5K course took participants through the streets of Uniontown, along the National Pike—Rte. 40. Proceeds supported the programs of City Mission-Living Stones, Inc., Fayette County’s primary homeless provider, servicing over 500 homeless men, women, and children.

Main Street Mosaic
$5,000 » Fayette Young Professionals Network (FYPN), 2012 Seed Award project support

Main Street Mosaic, a project of Fayette Young Professionals Network (FYPN), was a project to create a mosaic public art piece on a Fay-Penn Economic Development Council property at the busiest intersection, “five corners,” in downtown Uniontown. The bright, abstract, and lively work of art was the first of its kind in Uniontown and rehabilitated a blighted lot. The Fayette Young Professionals Network chose to make it a mosaic mural so that community members of all ages and cultures can take part in placing the pieces on the wall. By being a part of the creation of this highly visible mural, volunteers built pride in Fayette County and formed a bond with fellow community members.

Maker Faire 2016
$5,000 » Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, 2016 Remake Learning sponsorship

Maker Faire 2016, an event of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, was an annual celebration of maker education featuring hundreds of local and international makers and attracting 10,000 visitors to the Faire on October 14-16. Sprout support enabled members of the Remake Learning Network to exhibit at no charge during the Maker Faire.

Maker Mondays at the Library
$1,000 » Northern Tier Regional Library Association, 2015 Hive project support

Maker Mondays at the Library, a project of Northern Tier Regional Library Association, was a weekly youth program at the Pine Branch Library that was structured through the use of maker boxes. The five boxes focused on arts and crafts, button making, electronics, sewing, and woodworking and utilized the new maker space area in the library.

Maker Nights @ ARC
$1,000 » Avonworth School District, 2015 Remake Learning sponsorship

Maker Nights @ ARC, a project of Avonworth School District, extended the use of the Avonworth Resource Center’s Maker Space to the community, regardless of age. In addition to the open use of the maker space’s machines and materials, teachers developed and facilitated guided tutorials to help those who were unfamiliar with the resources available to make something by end of Maker Night session. This hands-on opportunity allowed anyone in the community to come and explore what the maker space had to offer.

Maker Party at Assemble
$500 » Assemble, 2014 Hive sponsorship

Maker Party at Assemble, a project of Assemble, was an outer-spaced themed maker party inviting people of all ages to celebrate the growing DIY maker culture in Pittsburgh. Attendees had a chance to create their own planet, use Mozilla Webmaker to make an online space exploration journal, and produce images in a rocketship photobooth. The event took place at Assemble and engaged approximately 70 people.

Maker Portfolio Workshop Conference Stipend
$900 » Millvale Community Library, 2016 Remake Learning conference stipend

Maker Portfolio Workshop Conference Stipend, a project of Millvale Community Library, enabled Nora Peters, Maker Educator at the Millvale Community Library, to attend the workshop in Palo Alto, CA from February 17-18, 2016. This 2-day hands-on workshop provided educators and practitioners the opportunity to practice techniques for capturing learning through portfolios and to bring lessons learned back to their educational settings. Held in conjunction with the Open Portfolio Project‘s National Working Group meeting, the event also provided the opportunity for practitioners and researchers to gather together to bridge the gap between disciplines, and share needs and resources. Nora attended on behalf of the Remake Learning Network.

Maker’s Clubhouse STEAM Events
$3,500 » Bible Center Church, Inc., 2016 Remake Learning sponsorship

Maker’s Clubhouse STEAM Events, an event series hosted by Bible Center Church, was a series of three events offering STEAM Learning enrichment opportunities to students attending Faison Elementary and young residents of the greater Homewood community. Events took place from January 16, 2017 to April 10, 2017.

The Maker’s Place: Maker Party
$500 » Bible Center Church, Inc., 2014 Hive sponsorship

The Maker’s Place: Maker Party, a project of Bible Center Church, Inc., was the end of summer celebration for teens at The Maker’s Place. The teens and mentors sold the products they created. Maker Party was held at Bible Center’s W.A.R.M. (worship, arts, recreation, and ministry) Center in August 2014.

Makerspaces & Playces
$2,500 » GTECH Strategies, 2016 Remake Learning sponsorship

Makerspaces & Playces, an event of GTECH, brought together educators and community leaders to engage in maker activities to fabricate elements of youth-designed vacant lot projects that were later installed in community settings in July 2016. The event took place at TechShop on June 22, 2016.

The MakeShop Show
$50,000, 2011 Spark project support

The MakeShop Show, a project of The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, was a series of digital shows made by and for kids under the direction of Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and The Schmutz Company, with support from the Arts Education Collaborative, Pittsburgh Community Television and other creative partners. MakeShop Media was the first children’s media program to invite children into the vibrant “maker” culture, a national movement of tinkerers, inventors, creators and innovators inspired by Make Magazine and Maker Faire.

Making a Scene
$5,000 » Ground Zero, 2001 Seed Award project support

Making a Scene, a project of Ground Zero, was an event that celebrated emerging and established visual, performance, and literary artists in the Pittsburgh region. The event emphasized unity and collaboration between the artists, patrons, and the community at large and highlighted a collective spirit and a shared artistic process.

Making at the Digital Technology Lab
$15,000 » Carnegie Library of Homestead, 2014 Hive project support

Making at the Digital Technology Lab, a project of Carnegie Library of Homestead, partnered with organizations like Assemble, The Labs @ CLP, CMU’s Robotics Academy and the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Sciences to mentor teens through making opportunities. Through teaching students to learn by doing, the emphasis of the Carnegie Library of Homestead’s maker programming was on merging creativity with science, resulting in diverse and inventive skill sets that benefited students in their eventual careers. With maker programming existing all over Pittsburgh, the Carnegie Library of Homestead institutionalized this innovative form of informal learning and brought it to the teens of Homestead and its surrounding communities, benefiting both the students and the communities themselves.

Manchester Community Block Party 2015
$1,050 » Manchester Citizens Corporation (MCC), 2015 One Northside project support

Manchester Community Block Party 2015, a project of Manchester Citizens Corporation (MCC), hosted a community gathering with food, games, entertainment, and raffles. Local businesses and nonprofits showcased their services to help neighborhood residents connect with job opportunities and other community assets available to them.

Manchester Fruit Tree Project
$1,000 » Tree Pittsburgh, 2015 Grand Ideas project support

Manchester Fruit Tree Project, a project of Tree Pittsburgh, was the development of a fruit tree orchard at Manchester Academic Charter School. Tree Pittsburgh in partnership with the Drew Mathieson Center for Horticulture and Agricultural Technology at Manchester Bidwell Corporation additionally introduced students to the values of trees, specifics of fruit trees, and proper tree care through supplemental education programs associated to the neighborhood fruit tree orchard. The project increased Manchester’s food capacity, educated students and residents about urban fruit tree orchards, and revitalized vacant urban land, making an investment in both the present and future lives of MACS students and Manchester residents.

Manchester Growing Together Farm – Health & Wellness Event
$1,050 » Pittsburgh Struggling Students Association, 2016 One Northside project support

Manchester Growing Together Farm – Health & Wellness Event, a project of Pittsburgh Struggling Students Association, was a community self-reliance education program promoting access for all people to healthy food and a healthy lifestyle. From planting to harvesting, food preparation and nutrition, growing healthy food, and building a community, this health and wellness event strived to ensure that Northside residents remain healthy.

Manchester Growing Together Garden/Farm is POWERED UP!
$1,000 » Pittsburgh Struggling Students Association, 2017 One Northside project support

Manchester Growing Together Garden/Farm is POWERED UP!, a project of Pittsburgh Struggling Students Association, brought electricity to the community farm to expand the offerings. The electricity enabled programming to take place all year around and in the evenings. It also helped the farm to expand it’s programming by having cooking classes for low-income families, artistic performances, and film screenings.

Manchester Math, Mud & More Summer Camp
$1,050 » Pittsburgh Struggling Student Association & GTECH Strategies, 2015 One Northside project support

Manchester Math, Mud & More Summer Camp, a project of Pittsburgh Struggling Student Association & GTECH Strategies, From Manchester, Lisa Freeman led an 8-week summer camp for 25 students from Pittsburgh Manchester K-8, combining math tutoring with healthy outdoor activities in the Manchester Growing Together Garden. Math Doctors, acclaimed educators combining mathematics tutoring and youth-adult mentoring, held sessions in the “mud” of the garden, combining math and science instruction with healthy outdoor activities.

Manchester Native Plant Garden at Shelby’s Corner
$1,000 » Kente Arts Alliance, 2017 One Northside project support

Manchester Native Plant Garden at Shelby’s Corner, a project of Kente Arts Alliance, brought neighbors together through planting and caring for plants and trees at Shelby’s Corner. Monthly work days and volunteer appreciation events encouraged residents to help tend to the garden space, get to know each other, and collect donations from local businesses. Friends of Shelby’s Corner also worked to improve positive public relations for the neighborhood through community events at the garden.

Manchester Pittsburgh: Clean, Green, Beautiful
$10,000 » Manchester Citizens Corporation, 2015 One Northside project support

Manchester Pittsburgh: Clean, Green, Beautiful, a project of Manchester Citizens Corporation, increased the number of Free Little Libraries and trash receptacles in Chateau and Manchester, particularly along bus stops and areas of high traffic, and also supported tree care in the Chateau Corridor. Young adults were encouraged to become involved through workshops on teach tree care, carpentry, and design skills as they helped build Little Free Libraries and beautify the neighborhood.

MAP Nights
$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.

$10,000 » Carbon Defense League, 2006 Seed Award project support

MapHub, a project of Carbon Defense League, was a collaborative online map of Pittsburgh that allowed organizations and individuals to share information and interact with their city in a uniquely meaningful way. Marking everything from favorite coffee shops to wireless Internet access points to houses for sale, MapHub geographically connected people with information.

Mapping Pittsburgh
$5,000 » The Andy Warhol Museum, 2006 Seed Award project support

Mapping Pittsburgh, a project of The Andy Warhol Museum, was a participatory work of public art driven to create a dynamic, artist-led resource that combined online information, mapping, and visual material to document the Pittsburgh arts scene. The project emphasized community building among artists and organizers.

Marcellus Shale Documentary Project
$10,000, 2011 Seed Award project support

Marcellus Shale Documentary Project told the stories, through photographic images, of how the lives of Pennsylvanians have been and may continue to be affected by the gas Industry brought in by the Marcellus Shale. The project photographically documented the results of drilling, positive and negative, to create a visual representation of the environmental, social, and economic impact of drilling in Pennsylvania. In doing so, the project provided public access to information and increased understanding of the issues, while also providing important historical images for the future. The work was compiled into a travelling exhibition that open at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (PCA), with accompanying lectures and a book. The photographs were archived physically and electronically at PCA.

Mastering Motherhood Workshop Series
$1,050, 2015 One Northside project support

Mastering Motherhood Workshop Series, a project led by Cynthia Mendoza, was a three-month workshop series helping more than 20 low-income mothers in the Perry North/Observatory Hill community develop the skills necessary to excel at motherhood and household management, including sewing, meal planning, green cleaning, and more.

Matching Funds for Neighbor-to-Neighbor Project Leaders
$2,500 » In Our Backyards, Inc., 2017 One Northside project support

Matching Funds for Neighbor-to-Neighbor Project Leaders, a project of In Our Backyards, Inc., made matching dollars within a $2,500 pool available for supported projects. This enabled Neighbor-to-Neighbor projects to leverage resources to extend or sustain the initially grant-funded efforts. Partnership with Pittsburgh’s ioby Action Strategist Miriam Parson assisted Sprout in connecting with project leaders and developing meaningful crowdsourcing campaigns for Northside projects.

Matchwood Festival
$1,000, 2008 Grand Ideas project support

Matchwood Festival offered immersive events that engaged artists and audiences. The Festival included art openings, a lecture series, music and dance performances, book release parties, a chess tournament, and a breakfast accompanied by a vintage cartoon screening. The weekend festival matched local artists with national artists to create collaborations, critical dialogue, and improvisation.

MAYA Prenatal Parent Program
$1,050 » MAYA Organization, 2016 One Northside project support

MAYA Prenatal Parent Program, a project of MAYA Organization, expanded the Prenatal Parent Program, which provided free classes to expectant parents and rewarded them with brand new car seats, play yards, wipes, and diapers for their babies. The program’s goal was to promote the health and safety of infants and parents. Class topics included healthy pregnancy, understanding fetal development, childbirth education, breastfeeding, newborn care, car safety, safe sleep, calming a crying infant, parental stress management, preventing child abuse, postpartum wellness, and more.

Mayoral Candidates Forum
$3,680 » PUMP/ULYP, 2005 Seed Award project support

Mayoral Candidates Forum, a project of Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project and Urban League Young Professionals, offered young people in the city the opportunity to approach mayoral candidates. Held at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty, the Mayoral Candidates Forum presented a panel of candidates from both parties who addressed the concerns of young city dwellers in an open discussion moderated by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Tony Norman.

MBK Digital Literacy and QUEST for Real Life Success
$10,000 » Will Allen Foundation, 2017 My Brother's Keeper project support

MBK Digital Literacy and QUEST for Real Life Success, a project of Will Allen Foundation, partnered with Junior Achievement to give African-American male high school students ongoing opportunities to develop and sharpen their skills related to job readiness, entrepreneurship, professional networking, and business planning. The project brought the Junior Achievement curriculum to students at Clayton Academy, Holy Family Academy, and Perry Traditional Academy in order to create, fine tune, and eventually launch their collaborative business ideas and solutions.

MBK Digital Literacy Collaborative
$50,000 via 10 grants, 2017 My Brother's Keeper project support

The MBK Pittsburgh Digital Literacy Collaborative focused on enhancing organizational capacity to integrate 21st century skills into established out-of-school-time programs for a primary audience of youth, particularly young men of color ages 16-24. The community of practice connected youth-serving organizations to resource organizations with demonstrated deep experience in mentorship, youth leadership, and/or digital literacy best practices. Grantees worked together as a cohort to share ideas through a series of 5 professional development and technical assistance sessions, develop case studies of high-quality program examples, and refine plans for future programming. The partnering organizations were: Allegheny Intermediate Unit, Brothers and Sisters Emerging, Center of Life, Community College of Allegheny County Educational Foundation, Computer Reach, Focus on Renewal, Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania, New Century Careers, Will Allen Foundation, and YMCA Greater Pittsburgh.

MCG Youth & Arts
$10,000 » Manchester Craftsmens Guild, 2015 One Northside project support

MCG Youth & Arts, a project of Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, engaged eighth-grade Pittsburgh Public Schools students on the Northside in artmaking activities at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, giving them the opportunity to explore the studios and participate in two make-it-and-take-it activities. The project introduced Northside youth to the empowering atmosphere and experiential learning available through MCG’s programming to improve their likelihood of taking part in such activities during high school.

Mean Girls
$7,000 » Strong Women Strong Girls, 2012 Seed Award project support

Mean Girls, a project of Strong Women Strong Girls, illustrated the impact of bullying on young women and engaged the community in an open discussion on the highly relevant subject of how bullying starts at an early age on the playground and continues through college and into the workplace. The project was fueled by the eye-opening art work of ten nationally recognized artists. Curator Jill Larson partnered with Strong Women, Strong Girls to bring Mean Girls to SPACE Gallery from February 22 - April 28, 2013. The art exhibition was a springboard to gain awareness, encourage dialogue and promote positive social change. The artwork for Mean Girls revolved around eight community engagement events, including a spoken word performance, a youth workshop and a hands-on installation project during the April 2013 Gallery Crawl.

Media Empowerment Student Summit (M.E.S.S.)
$5,000 » Carnegie Mellon University, 2014 Hive project support

Media Empowerment Student Summit (M.E.S.S.), a project of Hear Me at Carnegie Mellon University, was a student summit hosted by Hear Me and partners that brought youth media, advocacy, and development groups together at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon. The M.E.S.S. featured learning tracks on media and making, the power of voice, agency, and civic participation, and demonstrations. At the Summit youth were given a chance to lead many of the workshops, present their methodologies, build consensus, and share media practices among one another and strategic adults.

Media Empowerment Students Summit (M.E.S.S.) 2015
$2,500 » Carnegie Mellon University, 2015 Hive sponsorship

Media Empowerment Students Summit (M.E.S.S.) 2015, an event hosted by the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University, was the second annual summit on youth media, advocacy, and development groups, highlighting youth voice and empowerment. An estimated 120 young people and 20 youth-serving organizations participated in the event on November 7, 2015 at Carnegie Mellon University and at a second event in February 2016.

Media Lab Programming at Sarah Heinz House
$10,000 » Sarah Heinz House, 2013 Hive project support

Media Lab Programming at Sarah Heinz House, a project of Sarah Heinz House, was a connected learning lab where students aged 12-18 created and composed media in a team-centered setting. With staff and professional volunteers, teens learned how to publish online news stories, do shoot photos, produce short films, edit soundtracks, and study music production and DJ techniques. Because topics and story ideas were initiated by the students, the Media Lab engaged students on a personal level, taking into consideration not only development in leadership, creative thinking, problem-solving and teamwork, but also the interests and subjects that were relevant to the lives of teens, ultimately giving them a voice in civic, societal, and cultural conversations.

Media Tonic II
$6,500 » Pittsburgh Filmmakers, 2005 Seed Award project support

Media Tonic II, a project of Pittsburgh Filmmakers, celebrated Pittsburgh Filmmakers and showcased the work of its community of artists. Fifty artists exhibited their interdisciplinary work-including installations and media-based art-to an audience of 1,500 people.
$5,000 » no wall productions, 2002 Seed Award project support, 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.

Meet Tomorrow’s Morrow
$1,050, 2015 One Northside project support

Meet Tomorrow’s Morrow, a project led by Lawrence Ehrlich, connected John Morrow Elementary School to the community by establishing a monthly meeting and workshop series where community members could learn about current and future enrichment programs offered at the school.

Meet Your Neighbor Rally
$1,050 » Emmanuel Christian Church, 2016 One Northside project support

Meet Your Neighbor Rally, a project of Emmanuel Christian Church, encouraged Brighton Heights neighbors to meet each other and work together to address the needs of the community. A goal of the project was to strengthen relationships between local churches, community organizations, government officials, and community leaders. In addition to providing information about local services, the Rally promoted Brighton Heights’ strong presence of local resident artists by holding an art show/studio tour.

Meeting of the Minds
$8,800 » IGFM Studios, 2005 Seed Award project support

Meeting of the Minds, a project of IGFM Studios, published and distributed chapbooks by new and emerging writers and facilitated monthly readings and release parties.

“Meeting/Departure” (2008)
Paul Bowden, 2008 Community Murals mural

Paul Bowden’s Meeting/Departure came aboout because the Polish Hill Civic Association wanted to attract members of the art community to their developing neighborhood, and decided to “think outside the box” with their 2008 Sprout Public Art mural. A Polish Hill resident himself, artist Paul Bowden perfectly met his community’s needs with this wall-based sculpture cast in bronze; the mural program’s first departure from paint. The three 18-inch figures he created roam and explore the wall beneath them, two inspecting a hole in the wall while the third travels away above them. At the time the sculpture was made, the popular bar Gooski’s—located across the street from the wall—was the only attraction for Polish Hill visitors. In order to ensure that these people could still see the piece, a motion sensitive light was fixed above the figures, illuminating them and increasing their impact by casting dramatic shadows on the wall and ground. Since the installation of Meeting/Departure, more reasons for visiting Polish Hill have been established in the community. The arrival of small businesses like a coffee shop, record store, and independent comic store shows that Polish Hill is experiencing the creative renaissance its residents hoped for.

The Mental Illness Spotlight
$1,000 » New Sun Rising, 2016 Grand Ideas project support

The Mental Illness Spotlight, a project led by Inside Our Minds and fiscally sponsored by New Sun Rising, fought the stigma of mental illness by featuring the stories of people with various mental health diagnoses on a podcast and at an open mic night. The podcast participants shared their experiences, discussed treatments and symptoms, took listener questions, and debunked stereotypes in order to educate community members about mental illness. The open mic night event gave community members the opportunity to share their experiences with a live audience, having the ability to choose to share their own story or read stories submitted by people who do not want to speak publicly.

$7,500 » Strong Women, Strong Girls, 2007 Seed Award project support

Mentor2Mentor, a project of Strong Women, Strong Girls, was a program that matched volunteers for Strong Women, Strong Girls with professional women in Pittsburgh in a mentoring relationship. The program provided young women with mentors who were role models with experience in their desired fields and who could provide a fresh perspective surrounding modern career issues.

Message from Me!
$15,000, 2009 Spark project support

Message from Me!, a project of Carnegie Mellon’s CREATE Lab, was a kiosk prototype that interactively combined digital photography and sound to enable young children to better communicate with parents about their daytime activities at childcare centers by using custom-built age-appropriate interfaces to record and share their daily experiences.

Metamorphosis: “She’s Got Her Wings”
$1,050 » Ayeshah Bulls, 2016 One Northside project support

Metamorphosis - “She’s Got Her Wings”, a project of of Ayeshah Bulls, was a performance arts project geared towards creating a space for women of color on the Northside to share their stories of traumatic experiences. Through the project, 5 women worked through a process of group sharing, therapeutic groups, field trips, and guest speakers to reflect on how their individual experiences impacted who they are today. This process helped them to share the resulting art through a performance at Neu Kirche Contemporary Arts Center as a way to encourage and empower women that are silently suffering. Audience members, who included participants of various organizations that serve women who have experienced trauma, offered encouraging feedback and applauded the participants’ inspiring healing process.

The Mid-Mon Valley Pay It Forward Initiative
$5,000 » The Schooner Youth Center, Inc., 2008 Community Connections project support

The Mid-Mon Valley Pay It Forward Initiative, a project of The Schooner Youth Center, Inc., was The Schooner Center’s ongoing signature project that engaged youth and adult mentors to visualize and implement community service projects in their own communities throughout the Mid-Mon Valley. Through mentoring relationships the program reconnected youth with their communities, inspired future leadership, increased civic engagement, and empowered a new generation to embrace community service as an integral component to making positive changes in their community.

Midnight Radio
$6,000 » Bricolage, 2009 Seed Award project support

Midnight Radio, a project of Bricolage, was Bricolage’s first annual late night summer series. A monthly “live” radio series, the program was set after hours, complete with honey-voiced announcers, commercial breaks, vintage vinyl sound effects and a myriad of Foley props. Each Midnight Radio episode featured the unique talents of Pittsburgh writers, musicians, actors, comics, and city celebrities. As a special feature, the audience was able to choose which serials would continue to the September finale smack down where the writers left standing competed for cash prizes and the opportunity to air their serial on 91.3 WYEP.

Midnight Radio, Jr.
$1,200 » Bricolage Production Company, 2013 Spark sponsorship

Midnight Radio, Jr., a project of Bricolage Production Company, Midnight Radio, Jr., was a spin-off of the production company’s popular Midnight Radio show. The show invited children to be a part of the production and performance of new, family-friendly theatrical works. Midnight Radio married a variety of artistic mediums to create a unique theatrical experience of classic 1940s radio broadcasts; with Midnight Radio, Jr., Bricolage brought the performance to the youth, inviting them to interactive workshops where they’ll learn how to generate their own sound effects for use in the productions of “Undersea Voyage” and “Mad Science Lab!”.

Midnight Series
$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.

Mindful Making
$5,000 » University of Pittsburgh, 2014 Remake Learning project support

Mindful Making, a project of University of Pittsburgh, was the final project of Leanne Bowler’s 2013 Remake Learning Fellowship. The project leveraged Pittsburgh’s place as a leading connected learning and maker education hub with research into the critical practices of the making movement, using design challenges to identify a set of reflexive questions that better explore the reaches of making and mentorship on the whole.

Mini-Factory: Big Ideas for Small People
$12,000 » Mattress Factory, 2013 Spark project support

Mini-Factory: Big Ideas for Small People, a project of Mattress Factory, was an interactive learning program designed specifically for young children and their families that used contemporary installation art and space as the basis for enabling parents and educators to explore education ideas. The Mini-Factory included a portable pop-up installation space, printed and online materials for parents and teachers to use with their young children for visits to the museum and beyond, and a schedule of free programming for families at the Mattress Factory and partner sites. The resources this project provided were essential in a time when many low-income education initiatives like Head Start were losing funding, allowing parents and teachers to engage children in the creative, open learning environment that a contemporary art museum engenders.

Mini M
$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.

Mini Pro-LAB
$10,000 » Propel Schools Foundation, 2013 Hive project support

Mini Pro-LAB, a project of of Propel Braddock Hills High School, was an extension of the high school’s in-house Pro-LAB Maker Shop that provided a “pop-up classroom” for children in underserved communities to experience hands-on STEM learning. The mobile Mini Pro-LAB (Learn, Apply, Build) was equipped with prototyping machinery, materials and instructional technology, and interactive learning modules developed through partnerships with TechShop Pittsburgh and the Children’s Museum’s MAKESHOP. These modules, in turn, were taught by Propel Braddock Hills High School students, providing an additional opportunity for students to learn about effective communication and teaching skills.

MIT Solve Conference Stipend
$1,000 » Environmental Charter School, 2015 Remake Learning conference stipend

MIT Solve Conference Stipend, a project of Environmental Charter School, enabled Todd Hoffman, Director of Technology at Environmental Charter School, to participate in MIT Solve in Cambridge, MA on October 5-8, 2015. Solve embraced a diverse community of thought leaders and activists, empowered them to work together, and held them accountable for their commitments and actions. This conference was designed to connect people across the globe in order to collaborate on the development of viable and innovative solutions to pressing problems like education.

MLK Community Mural Project
$5,000, 2008 Community Connections project support

MLK Community Mural Project, a project of KH Design Studio, created a Pittsburgh 250-themed portion of the large MLK Community Mural Project, an expansive series of murals painted in communities along the Martin Luther King Busway throughout the East End neighborhoods of Pittsburgh.

Mobile Ag/Ed Science Lab
$45,000, 2008 Community Connections project support

Mobile Ag/Ed Science Lab, a project of Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation, constructed a mobile science and agricultural laboratory to travel to schools throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania. Building on a previously successful model, the mobile learning environment brought the science of the farm directly into schools.

Mobile FABLab
$15,000 » Elizabeth Forward School District, 2015 Spark project support

Mobile FABLab, a project of the Elizabeth Forward School District, created a mobile maker lab endorsed by MIT’s Fab Lab program research, enabling materials, technology, and elementary-level curriculum to be brought around the region for summer and after-school programming. A playbook that included elementary level maker lab curriculum as well as information on how to build a mobile FABLab supplemented the mobile lab to deepen engagement.

The Mobile Museum
$4,000, 2006 Seed Award project support

The Mobile Museum was a traveling space for dialogue about the collections housed in Pittsburgh’s museums. The project collected viewer feedback and insight at various locations and served as an artistic forum for students, educators, and the public at large.

Mobile Quest CoLab
$4,015 » Institute of Play, 2013 Hive sponsorship

Mobile Quest CoLab, a project of Institute of Play, was a free 2-week professional development program for teachers interested in games, design and mobile technology as classroom tools. The program focused on learning and experimentation with games as teaching tools, games as dynamic systems, game design, and mobile technology integration for classroom use.

Model Schools Conference Stipend
$1,500 » Fox Chapel Area School District, 2016 Remake Learning conference stipend

Model Schools Conference Stipend, a project of Fox Chapel Area School District, enable Megan Cicconi, Director of Instructional & Innovative Leadership at the Fox Chapel Area School District, to attend the annual conference June 27-30, 2016 in Orlando, FL. The Model Schools Conference had over 100 sessions featuring the Nation’s most rapidly improving schools, educational leaders, tools and resources to drive excellence and how-to strategies to improve student learning and engagement. Megan led a session at the Innovation Mash-Up Learn that focused on innovative, future-focused, strategies through a rapid-fire Q&A. She also presented a Birds of a Feather session on the RML Playbook on behalf of the Remake Learning Network.

Mon Valley Way Finding Project
$1,000 » Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, 2015 Grand Ideas project support

Mon Valley Way Finding Project, a project of Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation (ROSHC) in partnership with North Braddock artist Edith Abeyta, re-connected Mon-Valley residents with the physical remnants of their past through a series of interpretive street signs featuring historical and community quotes as well as imagery mined from the Rivers of Steel archives. The project worked with a range of community members from each borough to develop one sign representing each community. Content for each sign was determined through town meetings, during which community members had the chance to select quotes that best represented them.

Monessen Community Garden Project
$5,000, 2010 Spring project support

Monessen Community Garden Project, a project of Private Industry Council of Westmoreland County, conducted a weeklong biodiversity camp for youth to learn about biodiversity in agriculture, rainwater collection, composting, and gardening.

Money Matters 2017 Financial Bock Party!
$1,000 » Quinerly Financial Group, 2017 One Northside project support

Money Matters 2017 Financial Bock Party!, a project of Quinerly Financial Group, launched an event featuring hands-on activities that educated youth on financial literacy. The event targeted Northside youth ages 3-18, teaching financial skills appropriate for their age group. High school students learned about financial aid, loans, and scholarships along with banking and budgeting while the younger attendees focused more on the concepts of money and saving using a savings jar. Parents additionally were given the opportunity to sign up for a 529 college savings plan during the event.

Money Mogul 16!
$1,050 » Quinerly Financial Group, 2016 One Northside project support

Money Mogul 16!, a project of Quinerly Financial Group, established a financial training center with three workshops for small businesses in the community. Financial workshops, group discussions, and engaging panelists gave local businesses an introduction to financial literacy, a network of reliable resources, and ensured that underprivileged residents got the help they needed to start a business. Training sessions featured local professionals who specialize in wealth management, taxes, and business financial management.

“Monongahela Monster” Giant Inflatable
$1,500 » Blaine Siegel, 2006 Giant Inflatables honorarium

Blaine Siegal created “Monongahela Monster” as part of the Pittsburgh Roars Giant Inflatable Art Project. His design was 1 of 10 selected for full-scale reproduction as a giant inflatables, which were sited at locations across the Pittsburgh region as part of the year-long coordinated marketing campaign.

Montour Summer STEAM Camp
$12,000 » Montour School District, 2015 Hive project support

Montour Summer STEAM Camp, a project of Montour School District, was a summer camp pilot for students in the Montour and Cornell school districts. The 5 camp courses were comprised of various ages, providing a unique peer-to-peer learning experience for students that was supplemented by high school seniors who served as Teacher Assistants. Camp participants hosted a STEAM festival during open house week at the beginning of the school year to share their summer projects in addition to developing a showcase at the end of the camp.

Moraine Native Plant Restoration Area
$5,000, 2010 Spring project support

Moraine Native Plant Restoration Area, a project of 3MJC, established a plant restoration area on a 1¼ acre site in the south shore section of Moraine State Park to educate visitors about the relationship between native and invasive species and ecological health.

Mortgage for Men
$1,000 » Mission Commission, 2017 One Northside project support

Mortgage for Men, a project of Mission Commission, encouraged Northsiders to invest in their community through homeownership. The homeownership workshops featured a mortgage representative and a financial manager to help potential first-time homebuyers learn about the process and various resources that were available to them. The workshops additionally showcased the value in homeownership along with information on maintaining a property.

Mosaic Mural Welcome to Perry Hilltop and Fineview
$5,000 » Perry Hilltop Citizens Council, 2016 One Northside project support

Mosaic Mural Welcome to Perry Hilltop and Fineview, a project of Perry Hilltop Citizens Council, was the creation of a mosaic mural at the entrance to the Perry Hilltop and Fineview neighborhoods. The mosaic’s design and tiles are created by high school students at The Pittsburgh Project, using historic research and interviews with community members to inform the content of the mural. Additionally, a low maintenance green space surrounding the mosaic mural was installed to complete the new entryway to the neighborhoods.

MozFest 2014 Conference Stipend
$2,000 » The Saxifrage School, 2014 Remake Learning conference stipend

MozFest 2014 Conference Stipend, a project of The Saxifrage School, enabled Tim Cook, Executive Director of The Saxifrage School, to attend MozFest 2014 and participate in discussions about digital badges. MozFest was Mozilla’s annual, hands-on festival dedicated to forging the future of the open web. It’s where passionate technologists, educators, and creators united to hack on innovative solutions for the web’s most pressing issues.

MozFest 2014 Conference Stipend
$1,000 » Carnegie Mellon University, 2014 Remake Learning conference stipend

MozFest 2014 Conference Stipend, a project of Carnegie Mellon University, enabled Jessica Kaminski of the Hear Me Project at CMU to attend MozFest 2014, lead a Maker Party session at the event, and participate in conversations about Hive learning networks. MozFest was Mozilla’s annual, hands-on festival dedicated to forging the future of the open web. It’s where passionate technologists, educators, and creators united to hack on innovative solutions for the web’s most pressing issues.

MozFest 2014 Conference Stipend
$1,000 » Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, 2014 Remake Learning conference stipend

MozFest 2014 Conference Stipend, a project of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, enabled Corey Wittig of The Labs @ CLP (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh) to attend MozFest 2014, lead a Maker Party session at the event, and participate in conversations about digital badges and Hive learning networks. MozFest was Mozilla’s annual, hands-on festival dedicated to forging the future of the open web. It’s where passionate technologists, educators, and creators united to hack on innovative solutions for the web’s most pressing issues.

MozFest 2014 Project Showcase
$3,000 » The Andy Warhol Museum, 2014 Hive project support

MozFest 2014 Project Showcase, a project of The Andy Warhol Museum, created a facilitated Collecting Youth Culture (CYC) station at the Maker Party for MozFest in London. The project invited participants to join youth across the globe exploring art, culture, and global affairs. Through digital and hands-on making, the youth were part of efforts to connect teens globally by sharing their views on time, love, fame, art, beauty, and work. Participants printed one-of-a-kind CYC bandanas and notebooks on a mobile silkscreen station, and created and shared their own open-source time-capsules using a scanner and CYC blog.

MozFest 2016 Conference Stipend
$1,500 » Carnegie Mellon University, 2016 Remake Learning conference stipend

MozFest 2016 Conference Stipend, a project of Carnegie Mellon University, enabled Aparna Wilder, Director of Community Outreach at IRL Labs / SocialVR at Carnegie Mellon University, to attend MozFest from October 28-30, 2016 in London, England. MozFest was Mozilla’s annual, hands-on festival dedicated to forging the future of the open web. Aparna presented on and showcased examples of SocialVR on behalf of the Remake Learning Network, including one made during Rec2Tech Week and one made especially for the Remake Learning Network.

Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood Revisited
$1,000 » Illuminato, 2015 Open Engagement honorarium

Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood Revisited, a project of Illuminato, was an hour-long trip by van to some of the many workplaces that Rogers filmed in Pittsburgh for his popular children’s show. The tour included both businesses still in operation, such as Reyna Foods, where Rogers showed tortilla chips being made, and the former sites of factories that have relocated, such as Heinz, where he spoke to workers making soup.

$7,000, 2003 Seed Award project support

Multi-Tool offered resources and space to artists, community members, and groups with limited budgets. The project functioned as an art space, meeting area, and community venue in Wilkinsburg, housing projects including a bicycle education initiative, a number of local bands, and a bookstore.

Multimodality Problem-Solution Roundtable & Comic
$5,000 » Carnegie Mellon University, 2014 Remake Learning project support

Multimodality Problem-Solution Roundtable & Comic, a project of Carnegie Mellon University, was the final project William Penman’s 2013 Remake Learning Fellowship. The project involved a series of roundtable discussions where the subject of multimodal literacy was broached with teachers of youth in Pittsburgh’s libraries, science centers, and afterschool programs. The findings of these roundtable discussions, bolstered by Penman’s own academic research paper on the topic, was then translated into a large, narrative, infographic-style cartoon to be shared freely online as a resource for learning about the issues inherent in multimodal learning and how to work to answer them.

Musicians of Wylie Avenue
$5,000, 2008 Community Connections project support

Musicians of Wylie Avenue used documentary sources including archival materials, interviews with jazz musicians, and eyewitness accounts of this historic era of Jazz musicians and famous venues along the Hill District’s celebrated Wylie Avenue to help establish the Pittsburgh Jazz Network online community.

Musicians with a Mission
$4,500, 2011 Seed Award project support

Musicians with a Mission encouraged talented musicians to share their gifts with patients and their caregivers. One of the main goals of the project was to improve the quality of life of the elderly, who are living longer lives than ever before, but often in loneliness and isolation. Musicians with a Mission sought to take two large groups that often spend significant time in isolation – musicians and the elderly – and encourage them to enjoy mutual companionship in the context of good music.

Muslim Ally Training
$500 » Union Project, 2017 100 Days sponsorship

Muslim Ally Training, an event hosted by the Union Project in partnership with the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh and Food Truck, was a dynamic diversity training that taught participants how to ensure comfort and convey solidarity with Muslims in America.

My Block Is Beautiful
$11,000 » YMCA Greater Pittsburgh, 2015 Hive project support

My Block is Beautiful, a project of YMCA Greater Pittsburgh, was an interdisciplinary S.T.E.A.M. project that integrated art, media, technology and civic pride. High School students from the Westinghouse feeder pattern participated in a series of workshops that included drone training, aerial photography, photo manipulation, screen printing and gallery installation. During the workshops participants learned about the science and practical application of drones and used them to take aerial photos of their community. They then transformed these digital images into works of art — resulting in a digital/artistic beautification of their neighborhood. At each phase of the process, youth work alongside experienced mentors including drone experts, photographers, graphic designers and screen printers.

My Brother’s Keeper Community & Stakeholder Planning Process
$25,000 » UrbanKind Institute, 2016 My Brother's Keeper research

My Brother’s Keeper Community & Stakeholder Planning Process, a project of UrbanKind Institute, implemented a comprehensive engagement strategy that gauged what young men of color seek in quality out-of-school time experiences. UrbanKind worked closely with the MBK lead organizations and Sprout to design and facilitate seven community-based planning sessions with local stakeholders from the Pittsburgh region. These sessions identified needs and gaps in out-of-school youth programming; attributes of ideal programmatic activities that achieve MBK’s stated goals; existing resources that could be marshaled for this effort; and, best practices locally or nationally suitable for replication or sharing.

My Brother’s Keeper Evaluation Tools Development
$10,000 » Homewood Children's Village, 2017 My Brother's Keeper research

My Brother’s Keeper Evaluation Tools Development, a project of Homewood Children’s Village’s Research and Evaluation Team (RET), worked with My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) community partners to identify measurable outputs and outcomes that could be achieved through the collective effort of all MBK stakeholders. Specifically, the Homewood Children’s Village’s RET developed evaluation tools to support consistency across MBK goal subcommittees and gathered data for benchmarking and monitoring outcomes. RET’s preliminary findings were included in the MBK Planning Process survey.

My Brother’s Keeper Project Management
$40,000 » Homewood Children's Village, 2016 My Brother's Keeper project support

My Brother’s Keeper Project Management, a project of Homewood Children’s Village, established Homewood Children’s Village (HCV) as the principal point-of-contact for the MBK initiative in Pittsburgh. Homewood Children’s Village served as the liaison between the coordinator of MBK lead organizations, leadership from the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, other community stakeholders, and The Sprout Fund. For this project, Homewood Children’s Village was responsible for meetings, communication, advocacy, and evaluation. Meetings were convened with community stakeholders, partner organizations, funders, and supporters to build communities of practice. Communications strategies sustained and enhanced knowledge sharing, learnings, events, and relevant activities, along with implementation of online technology to display and organize participating organizations. Advocacy efforts strategically built influence resulting in policy change recommendations. Evaluation engaged an interdisciplinary team of evaluators and researchers from the region who supplemented the project management team on each MBK goal subcommittee, with a goal of refining the evaluation plan, determining the data needs, and crafting analysis plans that will build the comprehensive MBK evaluation.